- Historic Sites
Sidney Lanier Cottage
Sidney Lanier was born here at his grandparents' home on February 3, 1842, and tragically died only 39 years later on September 7, 1881. He died in the mountains of North Carolina, desperately attempting to recover from the fatal tuberculosis he contracted at a northern prison camp. In his short life he became a nationally known poet, highly talented musician, a soldier, teacher, lawyer, linguist, mathematician, naturalist, college lecturer, and author. The Cottage furnishings reflect Lanier’s birth period, all authentic antiques from the mid 19th century. The wall, window, and floor treatments are all reproductions, but the original 1840 pine floorboards are still intact.The cottage also contains Lanier artifacts and memorabilia.