The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast

465 North Broad Street, Seagrove, North Carolina 27341
Innkeeper(s): Sisters, Barbara and Suzanne Murphy
  • Introduction

    Duck Smith House Living room Welcome to The Duck Smith House

    Or goal is to make your stay feel special and comfortable.

    Our first floor bedroom features a king size bed with a full bathroom. Quite a large room.

    Three bedrooms on the second floor. Two with queens size beds and one with two full size beds.

    Repeat guests are numerous who request their same room over and over. November Pottery Festival is usually full with repeat guests. Guests come from all over the World from Great Britain, Japan, and

    British Columbia and all over the United States.

    Seagrove has the largest pottery community in the U.S. where some families going back to the 1800’s.

    The North Carolina Zoo is a 10 mile drive which has North American and Africa animals all free roamin

    From the moment you arrive you will be greeted by the friendly sisters, Barbara & Suzanne and Daisy Mae (the resident dog), who will make it their mission to see that you are made to feel right at home and welcome.

    A tour of the 1914 farmhouse is always a treat. Hear how they renovated the home in three months and made this an elegant home with warmth and charm. A little formal, Yes, but not stuffy just special to make this a stay to remember. Aren't you looking for that "Wow" place? It's right here.

    Duck Smith House Entry HallThe living room is inviting and a great place to meet other guests. Come sit, have some cheese and crackers on a silver tray and a glass of ice tea. When the weather is nice there's the front porch with its wicker furniture of chairs and rockers.

    Each of the four bedrooms was meticulously chosen to have its own personality which can make it hard to decide which room to stay in. Don't like climbing stairs, then the first floor Carolina Room will be perfect for you. Need your own bed, the Waverly Room has two full size beds. See what we mean, hard to decide. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. How about fresh flowers in your room. All your needs have been thought out and put in your room, robes, hair dryer, ice water and extra pillows. Forgot something just let them know.

    Breakfast! Come into the sunniest room of the house and see the lovely four tables with lace tablecloths, fine china, crystal and fresh flowers . Now you know breakfast is going to be something very unforgettable . Fresh ground coffee from their own blends of coffees or herbal teas are available, can't you just smell it. Then there's fresh fruit with one of Suzanne's delightful toppings. Next is Barbara's wonderful stuffed French toast or maybe blueberry pancakes or a new surprise. Small portions aren't the standard but can be accommodated so don't forget to let them know.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Barbara and Suzanne Murphy for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The main reason guests stay with us is to see the pottery in Seagrove which is the Capitol of Pottery in the United State.  Also the NC Zoo is world famous for the animals to roam free.   We are one of only two B&Bs in Seagrove. One formal (us), and one country.

    What are you best known for? We are known for making everyone feel special and pampered.  Cleanliness, comfortable beds and wonderful breakfast are words we hear most.  Read the reviews.

    What makes your inn unique?

    We are formal, which makes guests feel very different than some other places. Formal but not stuffy. Guests are greeted in the parking lot which breaks the strangeness right away.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    It has to be the wonderful people we meet. With over 100 repeat guests we become friends. We know their likes and dislikes.  Some guests come back once or twice a year.  Families and friends meet here from different states to spend time together. 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to come to Seagrove is we are the Pottery Capitol of the United States. The #2 reason is the NC Zoo which is the World's largest free roaming zoo. The only US accredited zoo for the elephants to reproduce.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    A compliment that we hear over and over again is the cleanliness. All the little touches that make it easy for our guests, i.e. night lights.  The friendliness they feel and how comfortable it is here.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Best kept secret is that more people don't know about the pottery.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Staying four nights give people plenty of time to visit the 80+ pottery shops, go to kiln openings, talk with the potters and sometimes watch what they are doing.  A visit to the NC Zoo can take a full day.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance...right next door we have a pottery shop, The Great White Oak.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Favorite restaurant is in Asheboro, only 13 miles north of us; Something Different where there is a choice for everyone.  Westmore Family Restaurant in Seagrove, 8 miles from the B&B is our favorite for catfish and coconut cake.  The best.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Guides/websites would be and

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 rooms each with private bathroom. One room is on the first floor.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we do not accept pets.

  • Inn Offerings

    Duck Smith House kilnA small sample of the Seagrove Pottery is displayed in the breakfast room. A great way to see what the potters have to offer. There are business cards in front of each piece so take one so you can map out your pottery shopping day. Seagrove has about 100 potters so plan on being thrilled with all their works.

    Birders, wait until you see how Suzanne has put up the bird feeders (10 of them right now) and bird house (6 hanging from the tree). She used the 100 year old walnut tree and has a pulley system that amazes. See and hear approximately 26 different varieties of birds. Wonderful.

    The North Carolina Zoo is less than 10 miles from The Duck Smith House. It is the third largest free roaming zoo in the United States and has 5 miles of shaded walking paths through the woods.

    The first floor bedroom features our only king size bed which has four windows over looking the porch. This is a large bedroom. The stall shower has one bench inside. Don't want to do the stairs then this is perfect. $145 plus tax per night

    On the second floor we have three additional bedrooms each with a private bathroom. One room with a queen size bed has a shower/tub combination in the bathroom. The other room with queen size bed has a stall shower with one bench inside. Our third room has two full size beds and a large bathroom with stall shower that has two benches inside. $145 plus tax per night.

    Come stay at The Duck Smith House, be pampered and know that when you stay here you will be spoiled and have memories that last and last.

    Duck Smith House Carolina RoomDuck Smith House Living room

  • Common Areas

    Duck Smith House breakfast roomBreakfast is served each morning out on an enclosed porch which overlooks the garden and woods. With a "birds eye" view of our bird feeders which attract about 22 different species, you will be entertained with the various personalities of our local "flock". A touch of class is added to a scrumptious breakfast by being served on fine china and crystal, with lace linens. Be spoiled, relax and savor the moment.

    Nothing but the best while you are our guests! We serve a complete breakfast which may include Stuffed French Toast, which is Barbara's signature dish, or another breakfast favorite like Fresh Blueberry Pancakes. Breakfast is complimented with a fruit dish, fresh juice, and your choice of coffee or tea.

    Duck Smith House porchDuck Smith House pankcake breakfast

  • History of The Duck Smith House

    Duck Smith House Log CabinBuilt in 1914 by William "Lola" Trogden this beautiful old farmhouse stood overlooking 50 acres in what is now the heart of hand-made pottery country.In the mid 1920s the house was rented to the Hayworth Duckery "Duck" Smith family. Mr. Smith was a colorful character known for his participation in local politics of the time, and for always wearing a bow tie and white shirt while working his regular job as the janitor for the Seagrove school. Sometime around 1932, Lola Trogden needed to sell the house so "Duck" Smith and his wife would have to move out.

    Johnny Asheworth would purchase the "Duck Smith" house from Lola Trogdon in 1932. By 1933 Johnnie Asheworth, his wife, son James and daughter Mabel would move in. During the years they lived there it is believed that electrical wiring (external coiled metal tubing) was brought to the house.

    In 1951 the property was purchased by Raymond Brim for his family of six. The house remained the Brim home and the homestead of a 50 acre working tobacco farm until its purchase in early 1997 by Sarah Naradzay when it was renovated.

    Following the restoration of the structure, The Duck Smith House, opened for business as a Bed and Breakfast in fall of 1997. November 2005 saw the purchase of The Duck Smith House once again by sisters Barbara and Suzanne Murphy and Daisy, resident dog. The Home has been completely restored again. Barbara and Suzanne Murphy plan on keeping the farmhouse feel but with a more luxurious look.