Beaufort County plantation house dating to American Revolution destroyed by fire

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A historic Eastern Carolina home that was used as an event center has been destroyed by fire.

The Bellefont Plantation House on Robersonville Road, northwest of Washington, dates back to the Revolutionary War.

Beaufort County Emergency Services Director Chris Newkirk said multiple fire departments from Beaufort and Pitt counties battled the fire. He said when the first fire trucks arrived, flames were shooting from the home around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Newkirk said they are still investigating how the fire started. It’s not known yet if the fire was caused by the storm that was moving through the area at the time.

Nobody was in the home when it burned and no injuries were reported.

Documents from the National Register of Historic Places show that the home once belonged to Reading Blount, who is said to have served as an officer in George Washington’s main army during the American Revolution.

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