Welcome to Shady Oaks 1812. Historic House. Modern Homestead.
Where shall I begin….Oh yes, me:
I’m Megan Shepardson, east coaster by birth, grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now claim southern roots. I hope my REAL southern friends don’t mind. I enjoy the usual pleasantries of life: good bourbon, good food, good conversation and good people. Big city, small town, blue jeans & black tie. Don’t you just love cliches? I do.
Meet Matt. The good looking man on the left. That’s me on the right. Duh.
The resident husband, carpenter, plumber, electrician, mechanic, historic home expert, landscaper, cookie monster and front porch sitter.
Oh, and that is just on the weekends. He also works a full time job during the week. Where would I be without this man…he is truly my partner in crime.
We didn’t happen upon Shady Oaks Plantation by accident. Well, not completely anyway. Many people who own such places claim to have gone about doing so on a whim while out traveling the countryside. I’m sure you know the story: “Oh we were out antiquing and just stumbled upon it and decided to buy it.” Not so in our case. We had a dream and a definite PLAN.
Shortly after Matt and I met in Washington State ( which I would say was beautifully serendipitous but I’ll spare you the nauseating meet-cute) we discovered we had a common dream: To own a historic home on some acreage on the east coast. Matt was from New England originally and we both wanted to be back on that side of the country at least by the time of retirement. So we made a plan: 10 yrs, east coast, historic home. Preferably colonial. The rest of the details would fill themselves in.
After setting the master plan and arranging our lifestyle in Washington to meet our goals we started looking seriously for a place in 2013. We scoured the real estate sites and even flew back a few times to Maryland look at some serious contenders that didn’t work out: “Oh, I didn’t mention that the kitchen get’s flooded 4 feet when the rain flows off the hill??” No you didn’t. Ahem.
One Sunday afternoon Matt was looking online and hollered at me from the office“Hey, would you live in North Carolina!?”
“Never thought about it? Why?”
I walked into the office and looked at the screen and saw this:
Shady Oaks Plantation. My home.
“Oh. My. God. Show me the interior photos. Price? Matt, I think we are about to become North Carolinians”
The rest is history. We flew out 6 weeks later and bought it. The day we signed the purchase and sale Matt came home and announced that he had a job offer in Washington DC which was only three hours from the plantation and he was to start work in 90 days. I love it when a plan comes together!
Our home and experiences are to be shared and we would love for you to do the same.