Hyde County's Octagon House is one of two such surviving antebellum homes in North Carolina. The home was built by Dr. William T. Sparrow ca. 1857using a design found in Orson S. Fowler's book, The Octagon House: A Home for All, which was published in 1848. Following a grassroots effort to preserve it for future generations, it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. In recent years a small orchard of mattamuskeet Apples was planted on the grounds. This Apple, which had almost become extinct in the area, was said to have first come to the county as a seed in the gizzard of a wild goose. A story of the past...preserved for the future.