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Confederate Women's Home

by Michael Hill, 2006

The Confederate Women's Home, which opened in Fayetteville in 1915, was established for the benefit of widows and daughters of North Carolina's Confederate veterans. At the 1908 convention of the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Mrs. Hunter G. Smith proposed establishment of such a facility. Five years later the legislature appropriated $10,000 for building purposes and $5,000 per year for maintenance. Smith, who died in 1929, was the first superintendent of the home.

Originally the home was scheduled to close in 1950, but twice it received reprieves. By 1981 only seven women lived in the home, and the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, together with the board of directors, decided it was not practical to keep it in operation. The property was sold to the Fayetteville City Board of Education. In 1982 the two-story brick building was razed and the land used as a parking lot for Terry Sanford High School. Sixty-five women are buried in a cemetery that remains. In 1986 a state highway historical marker was erected at the site.

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The home wasn't build until 50 years after the end of the Civil War. How many widows did this home serve? This must mean that when the home was closed in 1981, the final 7 residents must have been great granddaughters of Confederate veterans? Are there any records available on who was served?


Many believe the last confederate soliders died in the early 1950s. So it is conceivable that a daughter was still alive in the 1980s!


There are actually a handful of verifiable Real Daughters of the Confederacy still alive as of June 2021.

Most of these women are the youngest child of a much older father who married a second (or third) wife much younger than himself. Likely, the father was VERY young when he served in the Confederate army.


I remember my scout troop bringing Easter candy to the residents in the mid-1960s. There were many daughters still living and one widow who had married a veteran when she was in her teens and he was in his sixties.


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my grandmother ( pauline carter ) was superintendent at the home in the fifties, i spent many a day there with her.

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