Fifteen years after fisherman Charles Wheatley built this cottage, his family witnessed the first train into Beaufort, only yards from their front porch.
     When Charles Franklin Wheatley (1868-1943), son of George W. Wheatley and Mary Jane Ramsey, married Emily Noe in 1891, Emily's parents, Isaiah Benjamin Noe and Lydia Ann Johnson, sold the couple the lot next door for $75. Emily and Charles became parents of Raymond Benjamin, Esther Tuttle, Bernice L. and James Rolen Wheatley.
     The original home was only two rooms with 10' ceilings. A detached kitchen overlooked a vegetable garden, outhouse and barnyard. During the Depression, Orange Street neighbor Jean Kell kept a cow at Noe's barnyard.