In 1965, a group called the Historic Hope Foundation set out to save an abandoned house in Bertie County called Hope. The house had been built by David Stone, who was very active in state politics. He had been a member of the General Assembly, superior court judge, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, and in 1808, governor of North Carolina. Within a year enough money had been raised to buy the house and eighteen acres of land. Restoration of the property began immediately. By 1972, Hope Plantation had been entered on the Register of Historic Places and opened to the public.