Polly Donnell Wolfe, the last descendant of the Korner family to live in the famous Korner’s Folly house in Kernersville, was devoted to restoring the home and maintaining its legacy.
Wolfe, 91, died Tuesday of natural causes at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kernersville, her son said.
“She saved everything she could in the house,” John Wolfe III said. “She devoted much of time doing that.”
John Wolfe described her mother as a “genteel Southern woman with a little bit of mischief in her.”
“I will remember her loving kindness toward everyone,” John Wolfe said. “She just loved people. She was strict, but very loving, and pulled out that love toward other folks.”
Polly Wolfe graduated from Stratford College and she attended Saint Mary’s College in Raleigh and Women’s College of UNC (now known as UNC Greensboro), according to her obituary.
Polly Wolfe was married for more than 50 years to the John Wolfe Jr., an Army veteran of World War II, her obituary says. He died in 1997.
Her son said that Polly Wolfe’s grandfather, Jule Korner, build Korner’s Folly around 1880 on Main Street to serve as a showcase for his interior design work.
Polly Wolfe and her family lived in the home in the summers in the 1930s and 1940s, said Dale Pennington, the Folly’s executive director. Her family lived in Oak Ridge during the winter months.
Polly Wolfe helped begin the efforts to restore in the home in the 1970s, Pennington said.
In her later years, Polly Wolfe lived across the street from the Folly.
“I found her to be extremely kind, gracious and unassuming,” Pennington said. “She particularly liked to tour Korner’s Folly when we had visitors. Her face would absolutely light up when she talked about her experiences at Korner Folly.”