Beachside to Boardwalk Family Fun in Carolina Beach
This Victorian-Colonial Revival home contains period antique furnishings and art and is open for free tours. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Jefferson Smith Davis around the turn of the 20th century, his daughter Gertrude Smith moved back to the family home after his death. She was an interior decorator, educated in NYC in the 1920s. When she moved back to Mount Airy, she continued her work as a decorator and poured her love and passion into the home. Upon her death in 1981, she willed the home to be left as though it was still occupied - a "living museum." A tour of the home gives visitors the feeling that the family is still living here with furnishings, accessories and artwork displayed just as when they were. The yard contains trees and shrubs planted decades ago.