Today, we're continuing the tour of Bolivar, Tennessee, with homes in the East Main Historic District. If you saw the Antebellum Estate Sale post, you'll remember this house:
This tour will be the equivalent of stream-of-consciousness literature. As I walked down the street with a camera (yes, I got a tiny bit of exercise capturing these images for you!), I sometimes alternated between taking next-on-the-right and across-the-street images.
This is the house directly across the street from the estate sale home:
Next on the right, past the estate sale house.
So much of Southern life used to be lived on the wide and deep front porches of homes like this one. With a fan in one hand and a cool glass of lemonade or iced tea or, even better, an invigorating mint julep in the other, people watched the world go by. Often "the world" stopped by for good conversation with friends, neighbors, and relatives.
Across the street again. Can't you imagine how beautiful this street is in Autumn, with tall old deciduous trees in almost every single yard?
The third house on the right:
Mallory Manor, circa 1870. It's being renovated, and ... it's for sale! Any takers?
I had to steal a backward glance at this beauty!
The next on the right is, for me at least, one of the street's most charming.
Looking across the street again ....
And another look back. Isn't the "gingerbread" trim wonderful? I think it has the look of an enchanted cottage.
Next on right. More gingerbread and stained glass above the front windows.
Next on right ... a shady porch with large shrubs providing privacy.
Across the street is Magnolia Manor, the bed and breakfast we saw yesterday.
Here's a beautifully restored and maintained Craftsman-style house.
One more look across at Magnolia Manor, where Union generals dined. The following story is from the B&B's website:
"It has been told by the Miller Family that during one meal, Mrs. Miller was seated with Generals Sherman and Grant. General Sherman made the comment that he believed "all southern men, woman and children should be exterminated!" General Grant did not hear this comment, but Mrs. Miller did! She was so upset by the remark that she left the table and went to the back porch to cry. General Grant followed her to see what was wrong. Mrs. Miller told General Grant what Sherman said to her. Grant ordered Sherman to apologize to their hostess at once! Sherman did apologize, but was so humiliated by the order he stormed up to his room! As he approached this staircase, he drew his sword from its scabbard and slashed the banister with it. The mark is still visible to this day!"
Isn't it a HUGE porch to have so little "visible means of support?"
Back to the right side of the street. Remember the house with the antiques yard sale in the front yard (from Antebellum Estate Sale)?
I complimented a lady sitting well back on the shady front porch, telling her she was clever to have found a cool spot on such a warm afternoon. She smiled and responded, "Well, I've learned a FEW things in these 93 years on earth!"
When a different woman tried to calm two children, who were running and playing among the items for sale, I offered that they certainly seemed to have a lot of energy. The lady on the porch said "Yes, and you can't KILL them these days." Her friend offered, "You USED to could, but not anymore."
Just past the house with the sale is this beauty. Do you suppose a gardening enthusiast lives here?
Another view of the colorful front yard.
Looking toward downtown, it's obvious how near these houses are to the court square. See the tower of the courthouse? It's above the Big Star supermarket's red sign.
Another look at the neatly-painted house with the little "tower" feature.
I mentioned in Part 2 that I chatted with the Magnolia Manor owner, who was sitting on her front porch. These folks were also relaxing on theirs. They saw my camera, and the gentleman offered to pose. Much to the ladies' combined chagrin and amusement, he assumed a "Rockette" pose. Too bad I didn't capture that image before he lowered his arms (and leg!)!
That ended the North Main tour.
Below is a house near "The Columns." Some would be horrified that the owners are having vinyl siding installed. It wouldn't have been my choice, but at least the house is still standing. Perhaps a future owner will fully restore the home to its original condition.
On the right, approaching McNeal Place (that we visited yesterday) is the "Wren's Nest."
A second look:
Around the corner from "The Pillars" is this lovely yellow Victorian. It was moved from a location where it faced demolition. That explains the immature landscaping and the "door to nowhere" on the side of the house. If you look closely, you'll see the homeowner planting something that will eventually shield the heating & air unit from view.
The fact that this house was saved demonstrates the strong commitment of the citizens of Bolivar to historic preservation. Yes, I know ... some would say it should have remained in its original location. As with the siding issue, I say ... at least the house survives for the benefit of future generations!
So which house is your favorite?
The next stop on the tour will be points of interest in the historic court square area.