Grantville – Favorite Old Homes

Grantville – Coweta County – This week we’re looking at some great old homes in Grantville, population 2,500.  Originally Grantville was known as Calico Corners.  The history of this town is tied to the railroads – and tied to an Atlantan.  It’s a film location for several movies and shows, so you might recognize a house or two below!

The town changed names to Grantville in honor of Lemuel P Grant of Atlanta, Chief Engineer of the Atlanta & West Point railroad that ran through town.

Calico Corners – the original name of Grantville

LP Grant donated the land that became Grant Park in Atlanta, and his home is one of the very few homes that survived the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.

Lemuel P Grant (from Wikipedia)
Lemuel P Grant (from Wikipedia)
LP Grant Mansion in 1890s (Atlanta Preservation Center)
Bobby Jones was born here in 1902! LP Grant Mansion in 1890s (Atlanta Preservation Center)

 

The town grew a lot in the early 1900s, eventually having two mills in town that drove the economy here.  As the mills eventually closed, the town suffered.  Grantville has revived and become a film location, and tourist destination in recent years!

Old Downtown Grantville
Old Downtown Grantville, just before a big afternoon thunderstorm…

The first house, built in 1894, is the JR Cotton House.  I love the trim paint colors!

1894 - JR Cotton House
1894 – JR Cotton House

Now the house below, this is the Zellars House, built in 1876.  Thomas Zellars (1834-1914) was a prominent businessman in town.  He established the first bank in town, and also built the telephone system here, that was later bought by Southern Bell.It just recently sold to new owners.  This is the first house in town built of brick, and 3 lays of bricks at that!  Built to last.  The house has 14 ft ceilings inside.  There are hitching posts in front of the gate to the house.

Zellars House, C 1876
Zellars House, C 1876

The house below caught my attention with all the detail on the porches.

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Porches & More Porches!

 

The ivy is taking over part of this late Victorian House below!  Built around 1900, I’d love to see inside this house!

Built c 1900
Built c 1900

The roof on this yellow house looks fantastic.  It was built during Grantville’s boom years, around 1900.

Circa 1900
Circa 1900

The porch columns on the bungalow below got my attention.  Like how they did these for something unique!

Check out that porch!
Check out that porch!

Next up, the Colley House!  It’s a 20 room mansion, built in 1896.  It’s also referred to as Bonnie Castle, check out that turret on the front of the house!  Originally built as a family home, members of the family lived in the house until 1981, and it has operated as a B&B over the years.  There have been several famous guests here including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.  It’s also recognizable as it’s been in some movies too!  From the information I read, there’s a lot of chatter about this one being haunted.

Colley House, aka "Bonnie Castle"
Colley House, aka “Bonnie Castle”

The photo below is the Atlanta & West Point Railroad passenger depot.  The railroad runs right through the center of town.

Passenger Depot, 1896
Passenger Depot, 1896

The Merchants and Farmers Bank from the early 1900s.

Farmers & Merchants Bank Building
Merchants and Farmers Bank Building, 1919

Thanks so much for reading the blog this week and our trip to Grantville.  I really appreciate it!

 

Senoia – Favorite Old Homes, Part 2

Senoia – Coweta County – We’re still in Senoia this week looking at more of the historic homes in the area.  There are so many great old homes in town, here are a few more I wanted to share this week. If you missed last week’s tour, the link is here

First off let’s look at the McKnight-Mann House, built around 1905.  If you look at this house, you can see that the doors are not centered.  I thought that was unusual, but learning the story why made me laugh.  This house was built as a wedding gift by the father of the bride.  “Miss Mary” wanted the door to be placed off center so that her grand piano could fit in the room to the right!

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McKnight-Mann House, circa 1905

Miss Mary’s father, Captain W.D. Linch, built this farmhouse style around 1888.  This is a big house, you can see how it just kinda keeps going and going!

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Linch-Lewandowski House, built circa 1888

The house below stopped me in my tracks.  Built in 1896, I just love everything about it – the turret, the gazebo in the corner, and that porch!  Anne Davis, daughter of the original builder, lived in this house until 1971.  And it supposedly also has a secret passage in it!

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1896 Davis-Tyre House

The house below, built in the 1870s, became the home of Reverend Francis Warren Baggarly.  He is the founder of the Methodist Church in Senoia.  The Baggarly family owned the Harness & Buggy shop on Main Street, which is now a museum.  This house has stayed in the Baggarly family for 6 geneerations.

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Baggarly House, circa 1872

Rosewood Cottage below was built in the 1890s.  There’s a major addition to this house as well.  The house is described as having a “preachers room”, a room in the front of the house that was used for visiting preachers.

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Rosewood Cottage, circa 1890s

OK, the house below may be my very favorite one in town!  Built in 1873, this is the Victorian Gothic style that was very popular at the time.  I just love that porch!!!

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Brandenburg-Merrick House, circa 1873

Like the double doors below on the Brown-Allen House, built around 1880.  This style is called a Gothic Revival Cottage.

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Brown-Allen House, circa 1880

Now the house below is a BIG house, and actually opened as a hotel.  Now known as the Veranda Inn, it has welcomed many interesting guests, including William Jennings Bryan.  And it was one of the first buildings in Coweta County to have electricity!  Know it must be relaxing to sit on the rocking chairs on the porch of this inn!

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Hollberg Hotel, circa 1906. Now known as Veranda Inn
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Historic Downtown Senoia

Thanks so much for touring around Senoia with me.  Really appreciate you reading the blog!

 

 

 

 

Senoia – Favorite Old Homes, Part 1

Senoia – Coweta County – This week we’re visiting Senoia (locals say “Seh-noy”).   Many may know it from TV & movies – it’s been a film location for The Walking Dead, and also appeared in parts of other films like Fried Green Tomatoes and the remake of Footloose.  First thing I noticed in town – golf carts!  And tourists – lots of tourists on a very hot summer weekend. The downtown is picture perfect.

One thing I wondered – how did the town get the name Senoia?  Well, there are 4 different versions of it…so let’s just go with it’s a Creek Indian name for today’s purposes.

In 1876, Senoia’s citizens tried to have the county seat moved here! 

The rambling house below is the Nations-Cleveland house, built around 1880.  Love that porch!

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Circa 1880

Below is what is known as “The Blue House”.  That was the original color of this cottage.  It was saved from demolition in 2002 and moved here.  Love the paint on this one!

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The Blue House

Around town there are narrow streets, and some houses are close to the street.  The house below is a beautiful Greek Revival.  The picket fence, the porch, all just perfect!

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Circa 1844

The 1906 Victorian Cottage below was built by S.C. Travis.  He was both a merchant and farmer.  This house received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation a few years ago.  That porch looks perfect to me!

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Circa 1906

The Blount House below was built around 1901.  I’ve seen other pictures of this house where the upstairs windows have shutters.  I see them on the first floor.

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Circa 1901

I always love antebellum homes, and Cook-Graham House below is a great example.

Cook-Graham House, Circa 1861
Cook-Graham House, Circa 1861

 

Now the house below I call The Awning House.  OK, it’s actually The Six Oaks-Smith House.  It’s an antebellum cottage, built around 1854.  The awnings looks great on this house.  Remember how many houses used to have the metal awnings on them?

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Circa 1854

The 1871 house below is the Culpeppeer House.  It’s a Bed & Breakfast now.  A very large tour group is just to the left of the picture.  Would love to see inside here!

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Culpepper House, Circa 1871

The Forbus-Downs House below caught my eye.  Originally built in the 1830s, it was renovated to the Victorian look in the 1890s.  Love the round front porch on the right side.

Senoia Forbus-Downs House
Circa 1830, Victorian renovations in 1890s

The house below is home to the Senoia Historical Society.  There’s a museum of local artifacts inside, but I just want to sit on the porch for a while!

Senoia Historical Society
Senoia Historical Society Headquarters

Finally today, this house has 2 things very unique about it.  This is the c 1894 Huckaby House, and it’s the only Saddlebag style house in the county!  And see that huge tree on the right?  That’s the largest oak tree in town!

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There are quite a few more beautiful old homes in Senoia, so will break this into two posts.  As always, thank you so much for taking a look at the blog, I sure appreciate it!