William Ranson and Ellen Hunter Ranson

In 1890, two prominent families came together when William J. Ranson and Ellen Hunter Ranson married. Both the Ransons and the Hunters, for whom Huntersville is named, were well-known farming families active in their church and within the community. The Colonial Revival Style farmhouse, tastefully enhanced  with a wrap-around veranda, porch pediments and classical columns was completed in 1913.  The Ranson House was the first home in Huntersville with indoor plumbing, electricity and a telephone. W.J. and Ellen raised their ten children in the home, which became a gathering place for all.

Ellen Hunter Ranson

In 1914, Ellen Hunter Ranson began a time-honored tradition gathering her friends and family for a grand New Year’s Eve party in their new farmhouse set on their 3200-acre dairy farm in what would soon be known as “Huntersville.” A gracious hostess, with a talent for entertaining everyone from the community, Ellen turned her home into a cornerstone of the Huntersville landscape. Today we invite you to celebrate all the grand occasions in your life just like the Ranson’s of yesteryear, and enjoy the splendor of the land that is still part of the farmhouse estate.

Billy & Rehnea Raines

After purchasing the house in 2006 the Raines undertook a massive restoration process.  A lightening fire in 2005 caused extensive damage down one side of the house. The beautiful wraparound veranda had to be completely taken apart and put back together. Of the 18 columns around the porch, 17 were saved along with most of the original railings. Other porches on the side and back of the house also underwent a complete renovation. During their renovation, they updated all of the plumbing and electrical.  Heat and air were added. The original windows and doors were repaired with most original hardware preserved.

A new vision

After the purchase of the Ranson House in December 2017, the new owner, Ellen Loncz went to work creating a magical and elegant new theme inside of the historic home that is now known as Hunter House and Gardens. The new vision included plans for a “Gathering Garden” an always green, private venue outside of the home. The gardens will be the focal point for events offering a wide array of event layout possibilities as well as providing many stunning photo opportunities with its lush landscaping.  The farmhouse estate and gardens is a perfect setting for hosting events with seating up to 150 guests.


Private showings are available by appointment only. Please contact us! We would love to show you the home and share our garden plans. With the ever changing landscape of COVID-19
we offer options when it comes to planning your events. including a “change your date” within 12 months for all events booked at Hunter House through July of 2021.

If you are a Bride & Groom who has had to change venues and / or cancelled your wedding due to COVID-19, please contact us, we have a special package to discuss!