benjamin ellis house

circa 1853

In 1850, successful turpentine merchant, Benjamin Ellis, purchased lot 44 on Pollock Street in New Bern from the Lamott family. With his wife, Eliza, the couple built a classic two and two house for their growing family. The original structure had two rooms downstairs and two rooms upstairs with a center hallway and staircase. In addition to the main house, the couple also built a separate smoke house and a kitchen on the property. Below is a picture of the house during the occupation of New Bern by union soldiers. The Ellis house was occupied from 1862 to 1865 by Company K, Forty-Fifth regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer militia. Picture courtesy of Historic New England.