Stone Chestnut Home Features American Chestnut Trees and Reclaimed Wood

June 11, 2006

The Stone Chestnut home built by Eric Johnson of E.S.Johnson Builders of Cornelius, NC at Heron Cove on Lake Wylie, which is near Charlotte, NC.  The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) partnered with Eric Johnson, builder, to feature American chestnut trees and reclaimed American chestnut wood in the home. Zack Guy of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods of Waynesville, NC donated the reclaimed wood to the builder and, further, donates a portion of each sale of reclaimed American chestnut wood to TACF to help fund research into restoring this keystone species to its native eastern forests.  This home was one of six homes featured in the Homerama 2006 event in Charlotte, NC.

The Stone Chestnut home has also won several awards from the Home Builders Association of Charlotte—Best Overall Home, Best Interior Design, Best Innovative Feature, and Best Landscaping. Designia of Charlotte, NC provided the landscaping for the Stone Chestnut home.

Two large, pure American chestnut trees planted on the property were purchased by Eric Johnson and TACF, were furnished by the Pennsylania Chapter of TACF in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Penn State University’s Office of Physical Plant helped get the trees loaded for transport to North Carolina. Trautmann Arborcare, a Pennsylvania based landscaper delivered the trees to NC.   A number of American chestnut sprouts were planted in the back yard of the property.

A sign at the entrance to the “Stone Chestnut” home explains to visitors the efforts of TACF to breed blight resistant trees. The effort is supported by TACF Chapters, individuals, corporations, the USDA Forest Service, Congress, the National Forest foundation and others.  The Stone Chestnut home draws its name from the use of stone and reclaimed American chestnut wood to accent the interior furnishings of the home.  Flooring throughout the house is reclaimed American chestnut wood.