Mickle-Mangum-Smith House, c.1855

315 E. Rosemary Street

 

Tucked away from the corner of E. Rosemary Street and Hillsborough Street, the Mickle-Mangum-Smith House can be easy to miss. Built around 1855, the home’s original owner was an unknown UNC professor. Andrew Mickle, the village postmaster and bursar of the University, purchased the home in 1858. Joseph Mickle, Andrew’s son, sold the house in 1875 to Dr. Adolphus W. Mangum. Mangum had just joined the faculty of the newly re-opened UNC as a professor of mental and moral sciences. After Mangum’s death in 1890, the home stayed within the Mangum family until Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, purchased the house.