Preserving History Through Story Telling
While we don't know the history of every architectural antique we acquire, when it is available, we document it as a means of preservation. Most often the information that we acquire is in the form of historical records, documents and photographs that we find through research. What excites us is when we are able to add stories to the documentation. Sometimes the stories are information that has been passed down from one generation to the next. And sometimes, the stories come from the memory of someone who had a particular connection to an item or property. Such is the case with Roy Allen.
Roy visited Southern Accents several weeks ago with his good friend Bruce. Bruce is a regular SA customer and thought Roy would enjoy the visit. As Roy entered, he noticed a large, salvaged antique entry door that sits just inside the front door of our showroom. Roy studied the large door for a moment and then began to tell his story.
"I know that door! That was the front door of the Reese house in Fayetteville, Tennessee. The Reese family owned the bank and the cotton mill. Their house was the biggest in town, almost like the White House! My grandfather was the house man. He worked there seven days a week. I remember playing in the front yard when I was a kid. I never stayed in the yard too long though. There were two bulldogs that sat on the porch. I was scared to death of those dogs... I liked them, but they scared me. I would watch my grandfather mow the yard. He used one of those old rotary mowers. I never could figure out how he pushed the mower across that big ole yard. Sometimes I would help carry in the coal. Mrs. Reese would pay me $1 a week to help. She would also wrap up the left over breakfast and leave it in a bag for me. Biscuits and bacon... those were my favorites!"
The entry door, which is the largest entry set we have ever acquired, was indeed salvaged from the John Reese house in Fayetteville, Tennessee. The Victorian style house was built in 1884. The top story of the house was destroyed in 1890 by a tornado. The house, which was reconstructed, was completely consumed by fire in 2004. Visit our showroom at 308 Second Ave SE, Cullman, Alabama to view this amazing entry door set!
Oct 24, 2017, Vol. 231
Historical Holly Slabs
It's not everyday that we get to welcome into our wood showroom inventory the 1972 Alabama State Champion American Holly tree. Blown over in recents storms, this amazing tree has been cut into double edge live slabs approximately 8'3" long x 18" to 36" wide x by 2.5" thick. The expert that we partnered with says the tree started growing in the early 1600's to allow its trunk to reach this diameter. We have two log cuts with 15 slabs per log. The slabs are priced at $2,100 each. Visit our wood showroom at 250 Janeway Drive to see this amazing find!!!
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Photo of the Reese house in Fayetteville from an old newspaper clipping. Roy said that as a child, he always wanted to "ride" the gates as they swung open!