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Welcome to our home! As you look through the house you will see several pieces of history of the house itself and of the Town of Trezevant.
When we purchased the house in 2013, we were unaware of its history until we began the demolition of the “modern updates” made by the Watkins family in 1960. We became intrigued by what we found behind the 1960s paneling and began digging into the history of the house. It then became our intention to restore the house to its original floor plan and its decor to what it was when it was built in the latter half of the 19th century. Sadly, due to the extreme cost of doing so, we were unable to meet that goal. Instead, we attempted to mix the old with the new and preserve some of the original features of the house.
After records of the house were lost in the 1931 fire that destroyed the Carroll County Courthouse, the county listed the house as having been built in 1900. However, after digging through records at the Registrar of Deeds office, we traced the date of the house as far back as 1883. During demolition, several clues to the house’s age were found by our contractor, including types of nails and joinery used to build the house. It was his opinion that the original part of the house could be dated earlier than 1883. He also determined that additions had been made to the house around the turn of the century.
The original footprint of the house was L-shaped and consisted of the living room, all three bedrooms, and the back porch located off the middle bedroom. Much of the original construction rests on joists that are whole logs and not milled lumber. The walls of the original part of the house are three bricks thick and covered with mortar and a coating of plaster. Later, the dining room, kitchen, hallway, and master bath were added.
When the house was purchased and remodeled in 1960 by the Watkins family, many of the original features were torn out or covered up. They installed new brick veneer over the entire house, tore off the original front porch that ran the entire length of the house, and removed the large dormer located in the front of the house. Underneath the sheetrock are still some of the original door moldings, transoms, window openings and baseboards. The now-covered doorways and transoms are similar to what you see in the dining room. The baseboards are in poor shape but are made of black walnut and approximately 12-16 inches wide. We have left a couple of good pieces of the baseboard in the attic.
The dining room is the most preserved room in the house. It appears much as it did when it was added to the house. Originally, the walls above the wainscotting were a vintage wallpaper on cheesecloth attached to shiplap walls. We covered the shiplap with thin sheetrock, being careful not to disturb the original moldings. The doors between the dining room and living room are original to the house after the addition of the dining room. We chose to keep the original doors that lead to the outside and instead waterproof with a window and storm door to preserve the room as it was.
In the kitchen, the two light fixtures were found in the house and we had them rewired. The island is a piece of Trezevant history as the marble top was part of the wall covering of the original bank that historically stood in downtown Trezevant. Mr. Penny, one of the past owners of the house, obtained the marble when the bank was remodeled in the 1960s. The Pennys had used it as a patio tabletop that rested on two old sewing machine stands. This is the reason for the rust stains on its surface.
When the hallway was restored to the original ceiling height, it was discovered that this is the location where the dormer opened up into the house. The hall light fixture was also one of several light fixtures discovered in the house. We believe this is a reproduction and not an original Victorian library lamp. The window in the hallway was put into an old window casing and is an original window to the house.
While going through the bedrooms, you will notice the thickness of the doorways. This depth was created due to the construction of frame walls necessary to meet code when rewiring the house.
The living room was originally separated into an entrance way and parlor. A brick wall that separated the two rooms was demolished to create the larger living room. The front door remains located in the same opening as the orginal door minus the side lights that were originally installed. The original floor in the entryway was a painted harlequin pattern and the original parlor floor was heart pine. Both floors were damaged and not able to be restored. The door to the closet in the living area is the original front door to the house. It was found in a building behind the house along with several of the original interior doors. All the interior doors were badly damaged and unable to be salvaged. The old building behind the house was used as a servants’ quarters and was also badly damaged and had to be torn down.
The fireplace mantle was probably installed around the turn of the century, during the same time as the dining room was built. According to one of the Watkins children, it was one of three such mantles in the home. The other two were in the front and master bedrooms. One of Ms. Watkins’ children said she had wanted to get rid of the old in favor of a modern look and that her sister “pitched a fit” when Ms. Watkins was tearing out all the old features from the house. This may be why the dining room was left untouched.
You will notice that we attempted to furnish the bathrooms with a little old and new style. The light fixtue above the bathtub in the master bath was discovered in the house. It is a 1915 General Electric fixture and was one of the original light fixtures in the house when it was electrified. Though it is no longer live, the old knob and tube wiring is still in the attic of the house where it was installed so many years ago.
One of the greatest features of the property, in my opinion, is the massive Catalpa tree that stands in the front yard. It has been estimated to be more than 100 years old! The dead wood has recently been trimmed and reshaped to help preserve the tree, hopefully, for many years to come.
The house is remarkably easy to cool in summer, and not hard to heat in the winter. It is a great location in a quiet neighborhood with great neighbors. We are the go-to stop for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
The land where the house was built was referred to as “the grove” by Mr. U.I. Collins, one of the founding businessmen of Trezevant. Mr. Collins became a well-known, prosperous businessman in Trezevant, owning and operating one of the first dry goods stores and saloons in town. This place of business, as well as the first Collins family home, was built on the lot where the post office and city hall are now located. He later owned and operated luxury train cars for lease to people traveling to and from Memphis. The last mention I have found on the Collins family is that they left Trezevant to move south to Texas.
We have loved our stay in this house, but it is now time for another family to enjoy this wonderful home!
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Historic 2900 +/- sq ft, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Brick and Vinyl Siding Home.
- Built approx 1883 and recently completely updated with tasteful historic charm preserved.
- Hardwood floors throughout.
- CHA, 2 fireplaces, natural gas.
- New windows and completely new plumbing and electrical throughout.
- Kitchen with stainless steel stove and microwave and historically preserved island.
- Exquisite 12′ x 21′ formal dining room with beamed ceilings and built-in china cabinet.
- 17′ x 24′ Living room with fireplace.
- 14′ x 16′ Master bedroom with fireplace and private master bath with marble shower and clawfoot bathtub.
- Bedroom #2 17′ x 14′, with Jack and Jill bath.
- Bedroom #3 or office, 17′ x 11′, with Jack and Jill bath and attached sun porch, 9′ x 17′.
- Exquisite historical archway.
- Separate laundry utility room.
- Covered concrete patio with fountain overlooks large, private, fenced back yard.
- Nice 20′ x 40′ shop, finished, with drain.
- She shed.
- This one has it all! Immediate possession possible, can walk to church, store, doctor, or bank.
- Carroll County Map 077C, Group D, Parcel 019.00
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