Hello friends! Well, sometimes in life you sadly have to realize that you just can’t say yes to every single thing that makes your heart go pitter patter. I have been so excited to start this renovation project, until I recently realized there is no way to make it happen timing wise, and it needs a new owner who loves it even more than I do (if that is even possible).
I found this stunning farmhouse on a facebook listing that a friend sent me. I was driving down the interstate with my 3 babies in tow, and I had been antique church hopping. One of my favorite things to do! Drive out in the country and drool over old beautiful churches while the little ones are sleeping in the back. Anyway, a friend sent me this picture and I almost fell out. I called the owner, hightailed it to Pulaski (an hour and a half away) and was proud to say I was the first one there in person! She was getting multiple offers but she said it goes to whomever gets here first, and I was there first!
Months have gone by and it’s time to hand it over since I can’t take it on at the moment. This is the only farmhouse I have ever seen that comes with piles and piles of historically accurate information. Usually I just dream of who lived and loved there, but one of the reasons I fell in love with this project is because of the history! William Hardy and Sarah Chambers built this house after they bought the tract of land in 1890.
The wallpaper that Sarah chose in 1890? Still there! Her perfect blue cupboard she built in 1890? Still there! The killer shade of forest green in the kitchen she slathered the walls with in 1890? Still there! The original handwritten deed hanging on the wall in an old frame? Still there!
See below for all of the beautiful pictures and the detailed history on the original owners of this place. It’s breathtaking!
This was run as a successful wedding venue, if you have the time and energy for that (and it takes a lot) this could get back up and running easily as a wedding venue!
House has ZERO insulation, hvac, electricity is only in one room, there is one toilet (no bath or shower at moment). It needs a massive, massive amount of work if you were going to live in the home. Both wood burning fireplaces are working perfectly! Plenty of room for shower and bath to be added downstairs in the bathroom too! It’s so dang charming and cozy! Happy house buying…
William Bill Columbus Hardy and Sarah Jane Sallie Chambers were married December 23,1886 in Giles County, TN. On December 3, 1890 they purchased a tract of land from Sarah’s father Andrew H. Chambers who was the pioneer who built the Vinta mill near Elkton, TN. They built the Hardy Chambers farmhouse on the property and raised Mahlon, Andrew, Raymond, William and Francis in the house.
The large oval photo is Andrew and Mary Chambers. There are many more photos that the new owner can have of the family!
Martha Barber Hardy was the last descendant to live in the house. She was married to Raymond Hardy, the youngest child of Sarah and Bill. Bill was a blacksmith and had a blacksmith shop to the left of the driveway in the front. Martha was 95 when she moved to assisted living in Pulaski in 2009. She and Raymond had no children. The rusted iron things were found on west porch steps close to where his blacksmith shop was.
The house was purchased from Tim Fisk in 2010 who purchased the tract from J.B. and Anne Hardy Potts. The surrounding farm land was all part of the Hardy farm. There was originally a barn to the right of the stone wall at the back of the property as well as several out buildings near the driveway. There was a small garage at the front right of the property near the road.
The pecans and pine tree were planted by Andrew Chambers 125 years ago. He was cared for by his daughter Sallie and died in the house. The smokehouse was used to smoke the pork raised on the farm grounds.
There are old fashioned daffodils, snow drops and narcissus lining the front walkway some peonies too. The two bushes at the front are quince. Very old. The plant on the east side by the brick chimney is a money plant planted by Martha, its good luck!
The driveway is called Robert Abernathy Road on google maps. This is where the original road went. It actually runs all the way across the hills to Tim Fisk’s old house (originally built by Robert Abernathy), which his daughter Kelly is restoring.
The smallish tree to the right of the front porch is a special American Chestnut planted by a biologist friend. The entire south use to be full of chestnuts and that’s what they fed the hogs.
Then the trees died of disease. This is a new hybrid type immune to the disease. They get very large.
The original Victorian paint colors on the exterior were crème and dark green – we found this on the wood and posts before painting them. This is a typical Victorian paint scheme. The porch ceilings were also Haint blue. In the early 1900’s people began painting the houses all white. When the house was bought in 2010, it had vinyl siding and the west and north porches were enclosed.
The kitchen appears to be the first room built. The chimney is older than the parlor chimney.
Then the other rooms of the main part of the house were built. In around 1907, the “new room” was built. That’s what the family called the new East room with the wood stove.
Originally it had tall, narrow windows and a wall closing off the dog trot area between the two sets of double doors. The dog trot was where the “men and dogs” and other animals use to sit.
The stairway was originally on the outside of the house. (Before the new room was built)
Tables in tree alley are made from old doors (some are from an old brothel in Somerville, AL).
Long one is made from 100 plus year old wood from old barn far back on Hardy land. Some of the legs are from original porch posts from house.
Illustration: Katie Roden
– Safe in the kitchen
– Blue wardrobe in the bathroom – in this wardrobe is a bag with Martha’s old aprons in it
– Red apron in kitchen was Martha’s
– White washstand in the bathroom
– Butter churn in the kitchen
– Green Transferware dishes
– Books on mantle were Martha’s – one has her letters in it!!
– Poster in porch bathroom is of Mahlon the “bee man”
– Photo is of Vinta mill and color one is of well with roof
– Old drawn portrait in New room is probably Marth Barbers relatives – pre civil war era
– All of the interior paint except for small areas that were touched up is original. Under the lighter colors is the Victorian dark green which looks amazing and the woodwork would have been dark varnish under the white paint
– The Floor cloths are called Congoleum. We have an old photo that was found of them from the 1920’s. They are very fragile and can’t really be moved
– The quilts on the beds, plus the quilted curtains and swing cushion are all original Hardy family quilts
– Other furniture not mentioned comes with the sale of the house
57 sets - 3 pc silver plate place settings stored in trunk in kitchen
Serving spoons, forks, cake server, etc.
60 mason jars
Aprox 75 napkins, plates, cake plates etc.
Serving platters, bowls etc.
3 water, tea dispensers
6 - 50’ string lights, several extension cords in west porch hoosier