Fayetteville Women's Club and Oval Ballroom

224 Dick St., Fayetteville, North Carolina


The land on which the Sanford House stands was purchased by Duncan McLeran in 1800s, the house was erected shortly thereafter. Likely designed by the acclaimed architect, William Nichols of Bath, England, the Oval Ballroom was built around 1815. The Sanford House was purchased by John William Sanford, a cashier at the Fayetteville bank, in 1823. It is believed the ghost of Mrs. Sanford haunts the second floor of the home. The freestanding single room, called the Oval Ballroom is octagonal on the outside, the interior contains a splendid oval chamber. According to local legend, the ballroom is believed to be where Anne Simpson poisoned her husband by putting arsenic in his coffee. The Simpson murder trial is infamous in local and state legal history.

Information source: visitfayettevillenc.com

Photo taken by John Reidy



Street View 

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 6, 1973
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Commerce; Art; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Financial institution
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
ca. 1798; 1815; 1830
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 24, 2010: New photos from John Reidy