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Preserving the Past to Prepare for the Future

Construction of the Fleming House began in 1901 and was completed in the summer of 1902. The lot was given to Loula White Fleming as a wedding gift from her father, Captain Charles A. White. Mr. James L. Fleming, Loula’s husband, was very active in the political life of Greenville and Pitt County, serving in numerous positions with both city and county government.

In 1904, Mr. Fleming was elected to represent the Sixth Senatorial District in the North Carolina State Senate. He was re-elected in 1906. In 1907, Sen. Fleming introduced a bill to establish a state normal school in Eastern North Carolina. He intentionally avoided naming a specific location for the school in order to get a broader support for his bill.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce formed to become involved in Sen. Fleming’s mission by making the passage of the bill a community effort.

Sen. Fleming’s efforts proved successful. Legislation was passed and East Carolina Teacher Training School (ECTTS) was created. Since the early days of ECTTS, the college, now East Carolina University, has evolved into the state’s third largest university.

The Fleming House became the home of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and was restored in 1982. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of ECU in 2007, the house has undergone complete renovation.

The Chamber takes pride in the Greenville area’s heritage. The preservation of this Victorian style structure is a tribute to that heritage and to the faith the Chamber has in the area’s future.

The Chamber’s commitment to utilize the Fleming House for its quarters is more than a commitment to preserving the history and beauty of a historic home. It is a further commitment and show of support by example to the efforts of Uptown Greenville and all the downtown revitalization endeavors.

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