Tours of the Historic Hoover House are by appointment only. Please call at least 24 hours in advance to book your tour.
The name Hoover has a long history in Randolph County. Hoovers were of German descent and originally called Huber. The first Hoover to come to what is now Randolph County was Andreas Huber, who anglicized his named to Andrew Hoover and built a gristmill in 1763 at the confluence of the Uwharrie and Little Uwharrie Rivers. He settled with his wife and twelve children about one mile from the current location of the Historic Hoover Home. Five generations later, Herbert Hoover, a direct descendent of Andrew Hoover, became President. Mr. Neal’s family is also directly descended from Andrew Hoover, and their tie to the area where he settled nearly 250 years ago has remained strong.
The Historic Hoover Home, a property of Linbrook Heritage Estate, was originally built as a two-room farmhouse in 1905 by Jerry Neal's maternal great-grandfather, Edd Hoover. It stood on 40 acres of land that Edd purchased in 1902. With the assistance of his daughter and only child, Myrtle, Edd used two mules and simple hand tools to clear enough of the forested land for the building of a home and the growing of crops.
The farmhouse took on its present six-room size in the early 1930s when Myrtle returned to Hoover Home to care for her ailing mother, Charity. By that time, Myrtle was married to Jefferson Dorsett and had two young daughters: Mr. Neal’s aunt, Gracie, and his mother, Bertie. A third daughter, Beulah Lee, was born shortly thereafter, and all three daughters grew up in the house. Bertie would later bring her children back to the home every Sunday afternoon for a sumptuous Sunday feast prepared by her mother and Gracie. On those same Sunday afternoons, a young Mr. Neal would go on walks around the countryside with his great-grandfather, Edd, learning about the importance of the land and forming the bonds to this area of Randolph County that have remained strong throughout his life.
The Hoover Home gives visitors a glimpse of what subsistence farming life was like in Randolph County during the first half of the 20th century. Although Hoover Home was updated over the years and continued to be lived in until Mr. Neal’s Aunt Gracie passed away, it has been restored to show what it would have looked like during the years from 1905 to 1944. With the assistance of old family photos, objects original to the home have been returned to the locations where the Hoover and Dorsett families might have first placed them. A visit to the Hoover Home is truly a step back in time to happy days of old.
In addition to learning about the Hoover and Dorsett families’ daily lives, visitors to the Hoover Home will have the opportunity to learn about the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, and his connection to the Hoovers of Randolph County. We invite you to visit this unique property and step back in time with us as we return to a simpler era in Randolph County’s history.