NC Plantation Being Sold To Descendant Of Builder

A 5,000-acre plantation in southeastern North Carolina soon will be owned by a descendant of the family that built the historic property.
The StarNews of Wilmington reported that 53-year-old Louis Moore Bacon is buying Orton Plantation in Winnabow from the Laurence Sprunt family that has owned the Brunswick County landmark since 1884.
Bacon is a billionaire hedge fund trader who lives in London and was born in Raleigh.
The sale price wasn't disclosed. Brunswick County tax records show the Orton land has been broken into several parcels, with the largest, a 4,900-acre parcel, assessed at nearly $21 million.
The newspaper reported Bacon is a direct descendant of Roger Moore, who built the original Orton residence in 1725.

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  • by Hiway Man to anon on May 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    anon, if you would spend a little time studying history in Africa you would that your OWN kind sold the natives to the slave traders!!!! Africa Africans. Read the papers and watch the news once in a while instaed of blaming everything on racisum. In Darfur it is the native peoples killing, raping and pillaging the native people. Has been going on in Africa for hundreds of years! Get over it please. In this country you have black mayors, police chiefs, congressmen. senators, rich singers, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, very rich basketball, football, basebell players and oops a black President. Seems as though I recall a couple hundred thousand white men died during the civil war fighting for the freedom of the slaves. If you spent more time giving thanks for the opportunities the black race has today you would find life is FAR FAR better here than in your beloved heritage nation. GET A LIFE and quit yer whinin!!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    This is very intersting...racism derives from ignorance, NO American citizen is from this country but the Natives(Indians and Mexicans),so should we send all Irishmen,Italian,Englishmen, Scottish, Greek etc... back to their country? There would be noone here. Next, the history of that entire area is horrendous, sad, and undeniably sinnful no matter what God you believe, there is a Hell waiting for all of the wrong doing, robbery, rape, and plain evil that history has managed to block, that is unlees you attend a University outside of the south, everyone else knows but the locals....
  • by unknown Location: unknown on May 8, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    I want to know why every story on here has to come down to race? I know there was slavery back then. It was a black mark on the history of this world for everyone involved. But everyone now has to bring race into this. Not every young black man is in a gang, even if he does rob a place or gets shot. Not every young white man is a racist either. We are all Americans. Maybe if we could get over the color of a person, we could get maybe start to heal our countries woes. This is a beautiful home, and I am happy to see it was so well preserved.
  • by Maureen Location: Greenville on May 8, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    In any case, it is a beautiful historic building. Nice that has been kept in this manner.
  • by whatalesson on May 8, 2010 at 07:42 AM
    Someome needs a history lesson.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    Just think what Africa would be like now if Madonna and Oprah were born in 1650...wow....yeah....that would be different, huh?
  • by Vance on May 7, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    anon: that place was built in 1725.Do you actually think free labor could build such a place and it still be standing?BS!there has never been no such thing as slavery in this country nor free labor!They were sold from your ancesters to us because they could not afford to feed them.My ancestors gave them in turn for their work,Food,(they were starving slam to death and still are in places over their)SHELTER,(look at that beautiful place compared to a mud or straw hut)Thats a nice motel aint it!.Materials for clothing.They were Isolated to their own people after work was over at the end of the day which is what they wanted.They made their own clothes and had alot of kids(kids part never changes).They were alot closer race back then than they are now.Fathers were fathers and mothers were mothers.They done what they had to do with a CONSCIENCE,LOVE,HEART,and SOUL to survive.That may be the reason you are here right now.THANK MY ANCESTORS for yours.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on May 7, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    here goes the race card once again because the word "plantation" was used. If U hate it here in AMERICA so much, PLEASE by all means feel free to go home to your "roots" in Africa. I, for one, will help purchase your ticket! i'm sure there R others willing to pitch in to send U to the land of your ancestors!
  • by JK Location: Greenville on May 7, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    Actually, Anon, a lot of these homes were built by skilled freedmen who were paid for these jobs. Home construction on this scale, even then, wasn't for the unskilled.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    To anon, possibly. we weren't there. isn't that lucky for us that we can be here now.
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