Godfrey Stancil House, 2012. In the small town of Penny Hill, NC, a local merchant going by Godfrey Stancil did pretty well for himself; he was able to have a rather large house built in 1840. In the ensuing 170 years, the house was added onto, abandoned, and eventually gutted by scrappers, who went so far as to steal the original hardwood floors (by cutting out the boards in large swathes with a circular saw). But in its day, it was clearly a lovely home. And on the stormy day I photographed it over three years back, it was still a beaut.