D.W. & Minnie Morton House circa 1900

  - An Early Photograph of the Morton House on Orange Street -
This Queen Anne Cottage was home to "Miss Annie" Morton for 76 years.

     On June 22, 1887, David William Morton (1865-1940), son of David Wallace Morton and Sarah A. Small, married Minnie M. Stanton (1867-1941), daughter of Josephine Marshall and Benjamin Franklin Stanton, descendant of Quaker, Henry Stanton, who came to the area about 1733 and founded the Core Sound Meeting House.  

    David and Minnie Morton were parents of William Simmons Morton (1888-1936), James Austin Morton (1891-1915), and Ann Leone "Annie Lee" Morton (1893-1976). When Morton purchased this property in 1899, there was a large 2-story house on the lot, then occupied by descendants of Fuller family slaves. Morton had the house torn down; bricks from the huge old chimney were cleaned and used for the chimney and underpinning of his new home. When writing about the home, Miss Annie Morton (1893-1976) stated that her father "had the house built and we moved into it the summer of 1900." (Kell)

     The 1997 Ruth Little Survey recorded: Morton House 1900. Very intact, 1 1/2-story, gable and wind Queen Anne cottage. Plain siding, molded eaves with returns, front gable end bay window with paneled apron, central flared cross gable with tripartite 1/1 sash, and circular turret. 1 exterior and 1 interior end chimney, 2/2 sash, original arched-light front door with sidelights and transom, and wrap-around porch with turned posts, railing, spindle frieze, and sawnwork brackets. This house was built in 1900 for D.W. Morton, and occupied until after 1970 by his daughter, Annie L. Morton. (Wrenn file, Kell) Side-gable garage and shed circa 1900.