Nash-Hooper House now
Black and white picture of the Nash-Hooper House
William Hooper: A patriotic leader of the American Revolution and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
William Graham: Former North Carolina governor, United States secretary of the navy, and Confederate senator.
A historical marker of Francis Nash
Backstory and Context
Before Hooper purchased the house, he and his family were driven away from their Finian estate in Wilmington by the British army. When Hooper died in 1790, he passed away in the house and was buried on the property. After his death, heirs of William Hooper retained ownership of the house until 1853. After the American Civil War ended in 1865, a former governor, United States secretary of the navy, and Confederate senator named William Graham purchased the house in 1870. Much like the death of Hooper, Graham died in the house and was buried on the property on the east side of his garden, but his remains were reinterred in 1894 at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in North Carolina.
Nash-Hooper House. National Park Service. Accessed July 4, 2004. https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/declaration/site36.htm.