Self-Guided Walking Tour Historic Homes Of Fayetteville, Tennessee*

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* During the "Host of Christmas Past" Festival, this is a candlelit walking tour with luminaries.
"Christmas traditions are one of the few stable things in our lives. And the first tradition year after year is, for Fayetteville, Rascal's Christmas Tree. Remember? Rascal was the dog that took possession of the Jack Thomison family and home in 1964. That year they planted a Canadian hemlock on the front lawn, and decorated it with lights. Rascal loved that tree, and became so excited over it that they called it then, and now, Rascal's Tree. Rascal, who was part collie and part shepherd, has been gone since 1981, but the beautifully decorated tree, who's lights are turned on at dusk each evening in December, still heralds the season to the family, neighbors, friends, and even those persons traveling into town from the northeast. In our neighborhood we wouldn't consider a Christmas without Rascal's Tree! Our children and grandchildren, relatives from afar and friends from other parts of town look forward to the sight. Rascal has been replaced, first by Princess, who staked out a claim on the Thomisons in 1976, and then by JoyBoy, who was adopted in 1984. Nobody can take the place of Rascal. He owned the neighborhood - and ruled it. But even if he is gone, we all appreciate the tradition established by the Thomisons. Rascal's tree is now ready for our new Christmas season. The tree has grown and I am sure new lights have been added from time to time. It stands forthright to the world, to say that whatever else changes, Christmas will always be with us!"
Written by Mrs. Sarah Young (601 Mulberry Avenue)
Quoted from "The Elk Valley Times," December 2, 1987

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South Elk Avenue

The West Side

301 South Elk - ca. 1890; Italiante style 1 1/2 story frame with vinyl siding. An iron fence of the same period faces Elk Avenue and the south side of the house. the name of a pharmacist W. A. Miles is on the original gate plaque.

305 South Elk - ca. 1920; 1 1/2 story brick English Cottage Revival. The longtime home of the late Dr. R.E. McCown, it is now owned by Debra Tucker.

311 South Elk - Goodrich-Thornton House. 1880. Victorian Stick Style. 2-story frame with corner turret. Built as a wedding present for Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich, this house has never had earlier remodelings to modernize it and retains much of its original appearance. This historic home is owned by the Hamilton family.

109 East Maple - (S.W. corner of Elk and Maple) - ca. 1940. English Cottage Revival. 1 1/2-story brick veneer. Built for Billy and Rose Foster, the house is presently owned by Todd and Jill Storey.

405 South Elk - ca. 1860's. 2-story frame. Deed records have been traced back to 1867 with indications that the house probably was built before that date. The three front wall dormers at the roofline were built around the turn of the century and the house was divided into apartments for many years. Mary Cunningham owned the house from 1945-1978. The current owner, Lugenia Storey, is renovating it and has converted it back to a single-family residence.

The East Side

304 South Elk - McKinney-Pitts House - ca. 1820-25. Federal with Victorian era changes. 2-story brick, one of the oldest structures in Fayetteville. The brick was made from clay dug and fired on the property. The house was built by Dr. Charles McKinney (1788-1864), a surgeon in the War of 1812 and the Creek Uprising. Dr. McKinney's original office was on the site of the present office building which was built ca. 1956. According to one of Dr. McKinney's granddaughters, the house had the first indoor bathroom in Fayetteville.

310 South Elk - McKinney-Williams-Pitts House - ca. 1830. Greek Revival with Victorian era remodeling. 2-story brick. Dr. Charles McKinney built this house as a wedding gift for one of his daughters. When the house was built, Dr. McKinney planted a tree seedling that had been imported from England by a preacher. That sprig, a rare copper beech, grew into a tree which still stands at the north front corner of the house. In later years the house was the longtime residence of Abednego "Beddie" Williams and family of the Williams Lumber Company. The property is now the home of the Rudy Pitts family.

400 South Elk - McDonald-Bolner House - ca. 1854. Gothic Revival, listed on National Historic Register. Two-story brick, with full raised basement. The 1854 house is an outstanding example of Vernacular Gothic Revival architecture influenced by An-drew Jackson Downing. Robert McDonald and his new bride, Martha Cordelia, built this house starting in 1852 and finishing in 1854. They were given the land on which the house was built as a wedding present from Martha’s father, Dr. R.R. McKinney. Mr. McDonald owned a local lumber mill and only the finest woods and milling he could find were used in this house. During the Civil War, it is documented that General Wm. Sherman stopped in Fayetteville and slept in the lower level bedroom. The house was used as a hospital by Union and Confederate forces during the war. The R. A. Pitts family lived there from 1918 until 1952. In 1952, the Elk’s Club purchased the house for their meeting place. Mr. Thomas Bolner and his wife, Dr. Anne Bolner bought the house in 1955 and undertook a very major renovation lasting for many years. In 2006, John Fraser, IV and William O. Lawter purchased the home and have restored the grounds, the exterior and interior of the home.

North Elk Avenue

The West Side

200 North Elk - First United Methodist Church (1892-93)- an earlier Methodist Church building was located on the site of the old Moores property at the corner of North Main Avenue and East Edison Street. Shortly after two new spires had been completed on the earlier building, a tornado on March 27, 1890 nearly destroyed the church. By May 8 of that year, at the urging of several members, the official church board had purchased a new lot on North Elk Ave. By 1893 a new brick church had been completed there. In 1915 the Women's Missionary Society purchased a pipe organ, the first of its kind in Fayetteville, and it is still in use today. The church building was condemned in the early 1920's due to structural problems, and extensive repairs had to be made. In 1946 the stone-like permastone veneer was placed on the brick building's exterior. The church was forced to undergo repair again after it was damaged by the 1952 tornado. In 1953 the church bought the Moores property on North Main, the same location where the earlier church had been. The Moores building served as the Sunday School for many years. Gradually, new buildings have been constructed on the church grounds, housing a fellowship hall, classrooms, and offices.

121 North Elk - First Baptist Church (1949-50) - The Baptist Church in the Lincoln County village of Mulberry indicate that their congregation was instrumental in the successful Fayetteville organization which was completed in 1881. The first church building, located at 204 East Washington, was destroyed by a tornado that struck on March 27, 1890. By the end of the next year, a new building was completed on the same site, serving the congregation until 1950. The cornerstone for this building has been relocated to the northeast corner of the present church grounds, beneath the church sign. The East Washington Street building, again damaged by a tornado in 1952, is the former home of the Rotary Club. The present church building on North Elk was erected in 1949-50. In 1962-63 an education and office building was built across the street and was named in honor of Brother D. D. Smothers, who pastored the church longer than any other pastor in its history.

106 East Washington - St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church (1952) - When the tornado of 1890 demolished so many churches in Fayetteville, the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church was left untouched. Ironically, it was the only church carrying tornado insurance! Following the destruction on the February 29, 1952 tornado, again churches were destroyed or damaged, including St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. Unfortunately, it was then among those without tornado insurance! Found in the rubble of the elegant stone and wood edifice of the 1884 church was a small ledger in which was recorded much history, such as: the church was dedicated on St. Mary Magdalene Day, July 22, 1884; it became a parish in 1890 but lost that status during World War I. With only about thirty-three active members, the church was rebuilt in almost the same spot. However, it was relocated 90 degrees to the south, facing Washington Street, with Elk Avenue to the east. Culver Dozier, a former alter boy, was the architect in 1952. After almost 90 years as a mission, St. Mary Magdalene has become a parish again with nearly sixty families.

The East Side

301 North Elk - (northeast corner of N. Elk and E. Washington) - Hugh Bright Douglas-Don Wyatt House 1894-95. Queen Anne with Steamboat Gothic style 2-tier wrap-around porches. Two and one-half story frame, listed on the National Register. The House contains the owner's antique shop on the first floor, and the residence on the second floor. Built as a townhouse for Hugh Bright Douglas, who owned a 1450 acre farm three miles east of Fayetteville, the house was designed by the Nashville architectural firm of Rickman and Bills and built by a Lincoln County builder named Ray. The hardwoods used in the house were cut from Mr. Douglas' farm, and all the original woodwork remains. He was the grandson of James Bright and the son of William Byrd Douglas. During the Civil War Hugh Bright Douglas served under Generals Nathan Bedford Forrest and Joe Wheller. After the war he married Margaret Terrett of Nashville; their son, Byrd, inherited the house after his mother's death. His daughter, Sarah Byrd Douglas Posey, inherited the house after her father's death in 1958., Mr. Don Wyatt, the current owner, purchased the property from Mrs. Posey in 1961.

East Washington Street

The North Side

202 East Washington - ca. 1910. Bungalow. One and a half story brick veneer. Constructed as a residence, the building now serves as a law office for owner Don Wyatt. When Mr. Wyatt remodeled the house for office use in 1964-65, he enclosed the wide porch and covered the front and side elevations with brick veneer.

204 East Washington - Kim's School of Dance - 1891. Gothic Revival. One and a half story brick. This building served as the Baptist Church from 1891 until 1950. The Baptist Church in Fayetteville had been organized during 1879-81, and the first church building, which was on this site, had been destroyed by the tornado of March 27, 1890. Another tornado in 1952 destroyed a tall steeple that had been located at the front left corner of the building. The building housed the Church of the Nazarene for a number of years before becoming headquarters for the Rotary Club. In 1996, the Rotary Club headquarters was relocated and the building was sold to Don Wyatt.

206 East Washington - ca. 1900. Late Victorian era. 1-story brick with segmental-arched windows. The original front porch spanning the width of the facade was destroyed in the 1890 tornado and has been changed. The home, built by Hugh Cummins for Mr. Drennon, is owned by Gayle Chumbley. The vacant lot next door to the east was the site of a home that was destroyed by a gas explosion caused by the tornado of 1952.

304 East Washington - ca. 1900. Late Victorian era. 2-story frame house. The original ornate front porch, destroyed by the 1890 tornado, has been changed, and the house now contains apartments. Early in the century it was the home of Henry K. Holman, a prominent businessman.

306 East Washington - ca. 1950. 1 1/2-story brick house.

308 East Washington - ca. 1900. Post-Victorian era. 1-story frame house with 2-story addition in rear. This house now contains apartments. The east boundary of this lot was the original eastern boundary of Fayetteville as shown on the 1810 town plat.

312 East Washington - Carter-Green-Campbell House - 1892. Dutch Colonial Revival. 1 1/2-story frame with shingles and stone. Built by Judge N. P. Carter, the home is owned by Mrs. Gordon Campbell. Predating the present house are an earlier brick kitchen-servant house, now used as an apartment, and a brick patio constructed from brick that was probably made on the site.

400 East Washington - 1905. Post-Victorian era. 2-story frame house with aluminum siding. This home was built for Mr. Jim Ralston by Mr. Hugh Cummins. Wood for framing the house was cut from red oak trees on the Ralston family farm west of town. Ella Mae Stewart was the next owner of the home. In 1959, the Ed Berger family bought it and converted it from apartments back to a single-family residence. A small lot directly west of the Berger home, and now part of their yard, was the site of the Carter Rutledge home, now demolished. Mr. Berger recently passed away and the new owners are Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Moore.

404 East Washington - Lamb-Rice-Warren House - 1888. Late Victorian era. 2-story brick house. This "antebellum"type home was built by W. B. Douthit. William B. Lamb was one of the various owners. He was an attorney for the railroad and was a brother to attorney Diemer Lamb, Sr. Later owners were Mr. and Mrs. Holden (Ty) Rice. Mrs. Rice ran a gift shop on the south side of the square for several years. Their daughter, Adnia Rice, who played in Broadway's "Music Man" among many other productions, was also a renowned drama teacher at Lincoln County High School. The current owners are Mr. and Mrs. James L. Warren.

408 East Washington - Bright-Wright-Reese House - ca. 1858. Italianate. 2-story brick house, listed on the National Register. Built between 1850 and 1858 by James R. Bright, the house is constructed of handmade brick, as are the front porch and steps, sidewalks, terraces, and garden walls. Subsequent owners were W. N. Wright, Hiram Higgins, C. B. Pearson, Harriet Shedden, Mary Medearis, Ernest Reese, Jr., and Jane M. Reese. The Reese family sold the home in 1996 to David and Michael Payne, the current owners.

The South Side

209 East Washington - Washington Street Church of Christ - 1890 - 1951. About 1835, Dr. John McKinney and family, along with John Goodrich and his wife, moved to Fayetteville where they began the work of establishing a congregation of primitive Christians. Initially, they met in the home of John Goodrich to worship. When the war started, the congregation was scattered. In 1864, John T. Medearis and family moved to Fayetteville and the church was revived. The church was about forty-five years old before it possessed a meeting house of its own. During these years, they met in private residences, the public school building and the Courthouse. In 1879, the church erected a handsome brick house. This church building was completely destroyed by a cyclone in 1890 and the congregation again met at the Courthouse. Another building was soon erected and an addition was built onto the auditorium. On February 29, 1952, around 5:00 PM a tornado struck Fayetteville damaging the auditorium so badly it had to be torn down. The present auditorium was then erected. The congregation met at the Elks Building while the new auditorium was under construction. In 1958, the adjoining Landess property was purchased and used for additional Bible classrooms. In 1965, a new Bible Study annex was built on this property which included classrooms and office space. In 1970, the property west of the auditorium, known as the McKinney House, was purchased. It currently is used for classrooms, wedding receptions and fellowship activities.

207 East Washington - McKinney House - ca. 1900. Post Victorian era. 2-story frame with vinyl siding. Now owned by Washington Street Church of Christ, the house was the longtime residence of the McKinney family.

303 East Washington - ca. 1900. Post Victorian era. One story frame house. Owned by Edna Bedwell.

305 East Washington - ca. 1890. Late Victorian era. 2-story frame house. This home, at one time as the Church of Christ parsonage, and was also the home of the Womack family for many years. It is now owned by Oleta Campbell.

307 East Washington - ca. 1880. Italianate with vernacular Gothic trim. 1-story frame house with rounded-arch windows. This was the longtime home of the Joe Faison family. The east boundary of this lot was the original eastern boundary of Fayetteville as shown on the 1810 town plat.

311 East Washington - VICTORIAN HOSPITALITY 5:00 - 9:00 PM ca. 1880. Italianate with Gothic and Eastlake style trim. 2-story frame house with rounded-arch windows. Built by Judge N. P. Carter, the house is currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Hayner, Sr.

313 East Washington - ca. 1890. Late Victorian era. One story brick house with segmental-arched windows. This house was built by Capt. Hagey who worked for the railroad. Carl Higgins was a previous owner of the house and sold it to G. A. Groce who has owned it for over 30 years.

401 East Washington - ca. 1900. Bungalow. 1 1/2-story brick house. This house, built by Mrs. Annie Davis, is owned by the Kerbo family.

403 East Washington - ca. 1900 Colonial Revival. 1 1/2-story frame house. Built by timber and planing mill operator Joe R. Hiller, this house was formerly the long-time home of the Parsons family, and is now owned by Benny Edwards. (See 405 East Washington)

405 East Washington - 1930. Colonial Revival. Two story frame house which has been enlarged from 1 1/2-stories. This house was built by Joe R. Hiller in the same year he built it neighbor, 403 East Washington. He had purchased a circa 1895 house on a large lot on East Washington, moved the older house to an adjacent lot facing Mulberry Avenue ( the house now at 210 Mulberry ), and built two houses on the remaining lot. Rufus and Margaret Hereford are the current owners of the home.

East College Street

315 East College - ca. 1850. Italianate. 2-story brick. The McGuire family acquired the house in 1870 and lived there for many years. It was later the longtime location of the Lamb apartments. The house is now owned by Bank of Lincoln County.

316 East College - ca. 1925. Plantation. 2-story frame. This house was built by Dr. McWilliams. It was later purchased in 1993 by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Simmons, who also own the commercial property next door. The current owners are Jay & Julie Pilzer.

319 East College - ca. 1905. Post Victorian era. 2-story frame. Built by Robert Mason, the house is located on a lot that was originally part of the McGuire-Lamb property next door. The house is owned by Suzanne Wagar.

Mulberry Avenue

The East Side

101 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1854. First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1812 as "The Church of Fayetteville" and originally met in the log courthouse. In 1832, a building for the "Fayetteville Presbyterian Church was erected on the present site. Nineteen years later (1851), this building was destroyed by a cyclone. The old part of the present building was erected from bricks burned on the spot and dedicated in 1854. Oral tradition is unanimous in saying that the Union Army used the upstairs of the building for a hospital and the basement as a stable, during the Federal occupation of Fayetteville. It was May 3, 1908 that the Session met and officially changed the name to "First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville, Tennessee". In 1917, the front of the Church was extended twelve feet and the original two columns replaced by four column. The present education wing was added in 1967.

108 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1930. Originally constructed as a service station and is known as the home of the first automated car wash in Fayetteville. The building now houses the office of Stephen H Guerin, PSYD and The Hair Company.

201 Mulberry Avenue - Davis Auto & Antiques was originally a filling station owned by Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Posey, who opened it in the 1930s. It later became Halcomb and Posey Buick dealership in the 40s, and became Roy Warren Buick dealership in the 60s. Johnny and Pat Davis opened an auto repair shop in the 1970s. Johnny now restores classic and antique cars. Pat opened the antique shop in 1985.

207 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1880. Mr. and Mrs. John B. Thomison acquired the property in 1900. The Thomisons' are the grandparents of Mr. Jack Thomison (624 Mulberry), Mr. Hubert Holman (628 Mulberry), and Mr. Burke Holman, Jr. (deceased), and Evalyn Holman Frierson (211 Mulberry).

211 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1850 & 1930. Built by Mr. Cornelium Allen, the original style of this house is unknown. It was purchased by Mr. Burke Holman and in 1904 he remodeled the front porch. The entire house was then remodeled in the 1930s into its current Greek Revival appearance by the Holmans.

303 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1854. This Greek Revival home was built by Reverend Matthew Martin Marshall minister of the First Presbyterian Church during the Civil War. The smokehouse to the rear of the main house was constructed out of the same brick as the church. The house was remodeled in 1951 by Mrs. Johnson who had an antique shop there for many years. The current owner is the estate of Mr. Samuel Ashby, Jr.,the late owner of Dale-Rees Hardware, on the east side of the public square until the 1980s.

307 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1909. This house was originally built by Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Cowan. Their children, Dolly, Betsy, W. G. Cowan, Jr., and Martha all grew up here. Current owner, Mrs. Martha Cowan Patrick's grandfather was Dr. Cal McGuire, senior surgeon of First Army of Northern Virginia - CSA, and personal physician of General Robert E. Lee. The ownership of this house has stayed within this family throughout the years.

311 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1805. Built by the Whitakers, this Colonial Revival house originally had two porches, one facing Mulberry and one facing Green Street. During the 1890s it was a school for girls. It was remodeled in the mid 1920s by owner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fulton. Mrs. Fulton was a drama teacher (known at the time as "expression and physical culture"). It is said that she "had one extravaganza of a play (a Japanese one) and everybody in Fayetteville (young ladies) all had a red and black kimono and a wax paper umbrella for the children to sport..." Current owners of the house are M. G. and B. R. Schrimsher.

405 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1920. Mrs. Sorrells had this Bungalow style house built. She is the grandmother of W. Michael McCown, our present District Attorney. The house is currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Williams.

409 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1880. Originally built in 1863 as a one-room carriage house, this Italianate style house was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Silvertooth who also owned the Crystal Stream Laundry at the city limits. Later owners included Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Kelso, grandparents of Admiral Frank B. Kelso. The crooked front doors that were installed in 1883 were left intact (and crooked) when the home was restored in 2000.

Vacant Lot - Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Kelso sold the large two-story house on this lot to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McGehee. The 1952 tornado which ripped down Mulberry Avenue demolished this house, killing Mrs. McGehee. The lot is now part of the Robert W. Stevens estate.

415 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1900. Built by a Mr. Heymann, at one time an owner of a jewelry store on the northeast corner of the public square. Mr. Heymann sold the house to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Strong, and after several owners, in 1956 the house was bought by Mr. Robert Stevens. Mrs. Robert Stevens, Lera Strong Stevens is the daughter of former owners. Flo Carter, owner of Cahoots Restaurant and niece of Ms. Lera, is the current resident.

501 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1950. This house was completed in late 1952 and occupied by Mr. Don Steuart, an executive with the Borden Company, and his wife from 1953 until 1960. He was transferred to Lewisburg in 1960. Roy and Golda Harris purchased the house in 1954 and have lived in this house since 1960 until the present time.

505 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1910. This bungalow style house was owned at one time by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bunn. Mr. Bunn was manager of Fayetteville's electric power plant and system before TVA. Another past owner, Mr. Lavoy Raby, was Lincoln County's Register of Deeds for many years. The current owners are Mr & Mrs. Easley.

509 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1930. Built by Hugh Joseph Cummins for Mr. and Mrs. James D. McKinney, Jr. Mr. McKinney and his father owned McKinney's Drug Store on the northeast corner of the public square. Years later the home was sold to Mrs. Alonzo Simmons. In 2001, Mr. Cummins Great Grandson, William Joseph Cummins III made the most recent renovations for the current owners, Don and Carolyn Denton.

513 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1860. This Italianate house was built by William Bright, son of James Bright. Among the various owners were the Redd Family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Eakin. Mr. Eakin was the manager of the Fayetteville Milling Company, on the corner of Norris Street and Front Street. Mr. and Mrs. Blake Copple are the current owners.

601 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1882. One of the two Queen Anne style homes on this street, the first house on this site burned the night before the Henry Gillespie family was to move in their new home. The present house was then constructed. The home remains in the family of Beverly and Sarah Buchanan Young. Mrs. Young's parents, Mr. Robert F. Buchanan, was the owner of "The Lincoln County News" (now the Elk Valley Times.)

605 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1910. This Bungalow style house was built by Mr. and Mrs. Collier Rees. They moved away for several years and during this time Mr. and Mrs. Diemer Lamb and their family (504 Mulberry) lived here. Mr. Rees, along with his father and brother owned a dry goods store, R. A. Rees and Sons. The current owner is Mr. and Mrs. Leach.

609 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1895. Known as the "Ladd House", this two story Colonial Revival structure was built by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ladd. Mr. and Mrs. John Groce were the next owners. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Tucker completely restored the interior as well as the charming backyard playhouse. Current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Everett Stewart.

613 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1900. Mrs. Laurine B. Spray and the late William C. Spray purchased the home from the Arthur Carroll estate in 1975. This uniquely shaped two-story home was once owned by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagley and Mr. and Mrs. William Young (Mrs. Young was the sister of Mrs. Bagley).

617 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1905. This house built by Mr. and Mrs. Cole Feeney. Mr. Feeney was a cashier at First National Bank. Later, the Feeney's next door neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Carroll, purchased the house. The former owners, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bingham, did extensive restoration to the interior of the house to bring the structure back to its original shape after it had been made into apartments. Current owners Ms Marie B. Lott.

The West Side

200 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1895. This house was first used as the manse for First Presbyterian Church. It is currently owned by Mrs. Charles Harmening.

206 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1920. Presently owned by the family of Mrs. W. B. Posey, the mother of Mrs. Charles Harmening (200 Mulberry). The structures is a two-story Colonial Revival style home. One of the previous owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Terry, owned a dry goods store on the west side of the town square.

210 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1895. Known as "The Robertson House", this structure was originally located on Washington Street. Mr. J. R. Hiller, a lumber and planning mill operator purchased the house and moved it to its present site. The current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton who moved from Charlotte NC in 1996.

304 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1911. This house was originally built by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bonner. Mr. Bonner was a passenger train engineer for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway. Some of the early occupants were the C.S. Caughran family, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Buchanan, and the current owner is Mrs. William Johnson.

310 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1905. This Colonial Revival house was built by Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wright. Mr. Wright owned Wright's dry goods store on he northeast corner of the public square. Subsequent owners include Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnson, and the present owners, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Thomas.

400 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1900. Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Medearis were early owners of this Colonial Revival home. Mr. Medearis owned and operated a tannery on a site adjacent to the small stream which became known as Tanyard Branch. He later obtained the first Coca-Cola franchise in Fayetteville. He was also an early manager for the Bell Telephone Company in Fayetteville. The current owner, Mrs. James Holland, is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Medearis.

408 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1850 & 1852. This home is currently owned by Mrs. John V. Matthews. Mr. Matthews' grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. O. Wallace were earlier owners of the house and Mr. Wallace was also one of the early owners and operators of "The Fayetteville Observer" (now the Elk Valley Times). The house was demolished by the tornado of 1952 and the present structure was rebuilt from the remains of the original house.

504 Mulberry Avenue- “WOODLAWN” ca. 1843; This Greek Revival house was built by Colonel John Tilford Gordon who came here from Philadelphia. He later built the house at 606 Mulberry. Legend has it that one day a gypsy fortune teller told Mrs. Gordon that her husband was going to sell the house that they were living in. That night when he came in, he put the money he had gotten for it in her lap. Apparently the gypsy was correct. He sold it to antebellum Lincoln County’s wealthiest citizen and largest landowner, Dr. William Bonner. Dr. Bonner was succeeded as owner by his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Lamb. General Sherman stayed in the home when his troops passed through Fayetteville.  He is said to have asked to stay in the finest home in the town, which is how he ended up at Woodlawn. The fifth generation, Ms. Susan Lamb, now lives in the house. Her grandmother, Mrs. Diemer Lamb, Sr. (Lila Motlow), completely restored the house in 1946. Her grandfather, Diemer Lamb, Sr. was a prominent Fayetteville attorney, and served as Attorney General for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1918 to 1950.

606 Mulberry Avenue- ca. 1850 & 1925; This home was originally built as a Greek Revival in 1850 by Colonel John Tilford Gordon who came to the area from Philadelphia. He first built the neighboring home (504 Mulberry). Later a Mr. Barnett came here from Virginia and married one of the Gordon daughters and they lived in the house. Mr. Barnett’s father was a Union sympathizer and its those family ties that saved the homes on Mulberry Ave when Sherman’s troops marched through Fayetteville. During the Civil War the home was used as a hospital and Officer’s Quarters. The Barnett’s daughter married Dr. Buckner and they also lived here. Mrs. Claire Barnett Buchner, was not only a founding member of the (Sr.) Round Dozen who gave and maintained Fayetteville’s public library for over 50 years but, was one of Tennessee’s leading suffragists. She was very prominent in Tennessee’s (by one vote) ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote.  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rees purchased the house from the Buckners and did extensive renovations. It was at this time (1925) when the size of the home was doubled and was made to be a Georgian Revival. Mr. William Robert Carter and his wife Mrs. Jane Strong Carter purchased the home in 1958. The Carters were owners of one of the largest construction companies in the Southeast – CFW.  In 2014 Mr. Thomas Marion Malone & Mr. Bryant Carter Crowson purchased the home from the Carter estate. They are currently working to restore the home to how it would have looked in 1850.
616 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1850 & 1930. Originally built by Judge James Chilcoat, the first Lincoln County Judge. Mr. Chilcoat was murdered at Mulberry during the Civil War by Yankees. Dr. T. A. Patrick Sr. first remodeled the original frame house adding a stone veneer to the exterior. Several more remodelings were made by other owners. The wife of owner Dr. Thomas Holman, Selina Moore Holman, was very active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and served as the organization's president for several years. Her portrait hangs in the state capitol. The current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Don Davis.

624 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1865 & 1890. built circa 1865 by Robert E. Lee Bright, the original house was a two-story cabin with on large room on each floor. A new house was eventually built in front of the original one and the two were later joined (1890), forming the house as it is today. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Thomison purchased the house in 1910 from the Judge Joseph Higgins and wife. Judge Higgins was the grandfather of our former city attorney, Mr. Thomas O. Bagley. Upon Mr. W C Thomison's death, the house was inherited by Mr. & Mrs. Jack Thomison. Mr. Thomison was born in the upstairs bedroom. Mrs. Thomison died in 2002 and the house passed down to the current owners Mr. & Mrs. William C. Thomision, II.

628 Mulberry Avenue - ca. 1900. Mr. James L. Newsom acquired this land in August of 1899 from Mr. George Sutton. Soon after, Mr. Newsom constructed this Queen Anne style Victorian home complete with slate shingles and curved glass windows in the turret. The original hitching posts still stand at the Porte cochere. Mr. Newsom was a traveling salesman and later operated a dry goods store on the east side of the square. Mr. Newsom died of typhoid fever at a young age and the house was inherited by Cullen B. Ervin (son of Mrs. Newsom by her second husband). Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Holman purchased the home in 1936 and it remained with his family until 2001. The home is currently being renovated by the new owners, Dr. and Mrs. Jerry G. McKinney.
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