The home known as Vesuvius proudly sits as the oldest standing home in Lincoln County. Built in 1792 by General Joseph Graham, Vesuvius has seen over 200 years of American history. Located on the property are the remnants of the iron furnace built by Graham in 1795. This was one of the first of many furnaces built in Lincoln county that helped to produce many different types of iron works well into the 1800’s. Joseph Graham and his family played a big role in North Carolina politics and industry. Most notably, his son William Graham served as Governor of North Carolina, Secretary of the Navy, and was a vice President candidate. The home is on the National Historic Registry listing and still maintains most of its original structure and architecture.

In 2007 renovations on the home began. The first wedding was hosted in July of 2009 for Jay and his wife Kristy who you now see working behind the scenes at every event. Our vision for preserving this home and creating a beautiful event venue on this historic property was now a reality. Since that day, Vesuvius has seen more than 300 weddings as well as countless other events.


Jay and Kristy Thompson