Well…maybe not the musician, himself but I’ve been living not too far from one of his ancestors’ homes for a number of years and had NO IDEA! I love James Taylor’s music, so it was pretty neat to tour a part of his family history recently.
The Isaac Taylor House located at 228 Craven Street in downtown New Bern, NC was built by James Taylor’s great, great, great-grandfather in 1792. The Isaac Taylor Garden is now an event venue and art gallery.
It is said that during the Civil War, when the Union Soldiers took over the first two floors of the home, the Taylor Sisters Phoebe and Catherine (granddaughters of Isaac Taylor) sequestered themselves to the third and fourth floors, using the basket pictured above to retrieve provisions. The claim is that the sisters did not leave the house for the duration of the war!
No old home would be complete without the requisite ghost story. Legend has it a week before Miss Fanny Taylor (youngest daughter of Isaac Taylor) was to be married, her fiance’ collapsed in the street and died. Heartbroken, Miss Fanny retreated to the house vowing never to leave. Some folks claim you can see her ghost sitting at one of the first floor windows waiting for her beloved to return.
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