The original structure was a small cottage, now the back room and rear hall of the house. About 1850, the cottage was expanded and survives as an intact example of a mid-19th century Beaufort house.
     Though not documented, it has been said that General Ambrose Burnside occupied the house in April 1862, immediately before or after the siege of Fort Macon, thus the second plaque.
     Gray's 1880 Map noted Allen Davis Jr. (1834-1904) as owner of the Queen Street home. Davis was born in Lennoxville to Allen Davis Sr. and Mary Chadwick. About 1870, Allen Davis Jr., a druggist, married Laura Frances Barrow and had four children. The house remained in the Davis family at least 150 years.