The birthplace of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone is for sale in Tryon, North Carolina

The small wooden cottage that was the birthplace of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone is for sale in Tryon, North Carolina.

The current owner of the 664-square-foot home has done work to shore up the foundation and restore the interior of the cottage in hopes of it being used as a museum.

The asking price for the home built in 1930 is $95,000 in cash, however the cost is significantly more than when the house was last on the market in 2012 when the listing price was $65,000.

Real estate agent Cindy Viehman of Tryon Foothills Realty told the Asheville Citizen-Times that some people have discussed moving the house. 

The 600-square-foot North Carolina house where ‘The High Priestess of Soul’ was born and raised is for sale with a listing price of $95,000

But Viehman says the neighborhood is essential to understanding how hard Simone worked to become a history-making, Grammy-winning talent.

‘If you don’t see the neighborhood, you don’t get how deep down in the ditches she came out of,’ Viehman said. ‘You realize how far she walked on a regular basis to go to piano lessons here in town. It was quite a hike for her.’

She described the ideal buyer as ‘somebody that really cares about preserving this very important location.’ 

Located in a poor community on the east side of Tryon, the house has become a rallying ground for community work days and movie nights. 

With songs like ‘Mississippi Goddam’ and ‘Four Women,’ she became a voice of the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s

Simone was born in 1933 and named Eunice Waymon. Growing up, Simone played piano in church and developed a love of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert through private lessons. 

When Simone graduated high school, the Tryon community raised money for her to attend Julliard School in New York.

She sung and played her way from night clubs to recording studios. Her most acclaimed songs include ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,’ ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas.’

In her memoirs, Simone remembered the three-room, 600-square-foot home as a ‘big house’ surrounded by a yard with a slide, swing and basketball hoop, along with a few chickens, a couple of hogs and a cow.

She died in 2003 at the age of 70. 

 

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