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Located five blocks from the Pasquotank River waterfront, the Grice-Fearing House is the oldest residence in Elizabeth City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1798 by Francis Grice, a mercantile store owner who came to Elizabeth City from Pennsylvania. At the time, it was a single-pile, two-story frame house – that is, it was just one room deep on both floors. When Grice died in 1808, the house was willed to his widow, who eventually married Isaiah Fearing, a successful merchant. The property remained in the Fearing family for more than 160 years.

The place adapted to accommodate growing needs as it passed from one generation to another. In 1840, a smaller house located on a neighbouring property was rolled over on logs and attached to the Fearing home, adding a new southern wing. The northern wing was built in 1885. A 1948 fire resulted in some structural loss, but bits and pieces of the home’s original craftsmanship have managed to survive decades of mending and modifications. The original front exterior of the house is basically intact, retaining its nine-over-nine sash windows and door. Many of the interior pine floors are 200 years old and run the length of the room, with each board sliced from one solid piece of wood. Inside the 30-foot foyer is the original dogleg, closed-stringer staircase with its diagonally turned balusters, raised panels and modest Federal surrounds. Today, the Grice-Fearing House is a welcoming port in this harbour town.

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INTRODUCTION TO our Bed & breakfast

The Grice-Fearing House is a charming, historic home situated five blocks from the Elizabeth City waterfront, in the downtown historic district.

Originally constructed in 1798 by Francis Grice, the Blue Ruby at Grice-Fearing House Bed & Breakfast is the oldest residence in Elizabeth City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1808, the house was willed to Grice’s widow, who eventually remarried Isaiah Fearing. The property remained in the Fearing family for more than 160 years.

The place adapted to accommodate growing needs, as it passed from one generation to another. A smaller house
located on a neighbouring property was rolled over on logs and coupled with the Fearing home in 1840, later adding a new southern wing and the northern wing in 1885. A fire in 1948 resulted in some structural loss. However, original craftsmanship has managed to survive decades of modifications and remains a welcoming port in this harbour town.

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Delicious breakfasts from a
choice of menu items

NATIONALY REGISTERED

The oldest residence
in Elizabeth City

JACUZZI TUBS

Appointed Guest Suites with
King beds & jacuzzi tubs

CHILD & PET FRIENDLY

We welcome all guests
& companions

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OUR TESTIMONIALS

I spent three days at the Blue Ruby in Elizabeth City. I just loved it!!! I didn't want to leave. (Owner Patrick says he hears that a lot.) I was in Suite 1: super clean, lovely and comfortable, and very roomy. Patrick and his dog Lacy made me feel right at home. I enjoyed the breakfasts (I could order what I wanted the night before and it would be ready when I specified), the coffee station (also tea and hot chocolate) in the dining room available 24 hours a day. There is a refrigerator, wine cooler stocked with water, and a wet bar. The location is convenient to shopping, walking, and the waterfront. And I enjoyed the idea that I was staying in a home originally built in the 1700s. Wow.
Linda A
Everything was excellent about my weekend stay at Blue Ruby. Patrick was so nice and the house and my personal room was in perfect condition. The decor and sitting room was all new. Bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was immaculate. My room was larger and nicer than I expected. The breakfast was cooked to order and everything was available from the menu. Patrick is a good cook too. Lacey was a nice assistant. I will be back again. Probably the best B&B in town.
Karl Chiang
Just enjoyed our second trip to Blue Ruby Grice-Fearing House Bed and Breakfast. We highly recommend staying here for relaxation, quiet and calm. It was just what we needed. Thank you so much Patrick and of course Lacy, Patrick’s sweet Pup! This was a birthday trip for my husband to enjoy time with his brother and sister, niece and her family. At the last minute we threw a curve ball and asked Patrick to also cook lunch for us so we could just be together with family! We stayed in the first floor suite and also utilized the dining room between meals for the guys to have some computer time while the ladies relaxed in the suite’s living room. Our breakfasts were so good! The lunch was wonderful and he even surprised us with his Mom’s homemade blueberry cake! We have stayed twice now and plan on scheduling more Visits! Highly recommend!
Crystal Colbert