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Harnett County History: Bicentennial Project


Dushee Shaw Half-Way House

The home of Dushee Shaw stood almost exactly half way between Fayetteville and Raleigh on the old stage road, and got the name of Shaw's Half-Way House. It was built in 1806 by Dushee Shaw.

The home was apparently elegant and had a name of hospitality in its time of service as an inn.

In the second floor is a hall, two large rooms with the barrel roof and many inscriptions on the walls. The walls of the barrel ceiling are large 12 inch boards closely put together and now turned into red heart pine. Each had a fireplace and mantle with frooving and with fancy trim and moulding. Down the steps which were closed so that the upstairs could be separated from the downstairs..a closed stairwell..the paneling with the same wide boards continued. The large entrance room was large enough for dancing. It was also paneled with wood, but the wainscoating had a small notched marking of fancy work or moulding and the room was or must have been an elegant room.

A second room , and in back another room and a smaller room were on first floor.