1897 Queen Anne – Jackson, GA – $300,000

SOLD / Archived Post From 2010
Added to OHD on 6/21/10 - Last OHD Update: 5/20/17
  • Beds: 7
  • Baths: 6.5
  • Sqft: 2378
  • Acres: 1
149 Mcdonough Rd, Jackson, GA 30233 Map: Street View
  • This Victorian Pink Lady is known as the Carmichael Mansion previously owned by Mr. Carmichael the maker of carriages and buggies. It has previously been a bed and breakfast and also a wedding event center. It has 8 bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths and a one bedroom, one bath guest house with living room, kitchen, and two fireplaces. The mansion has 11 fireplaces, stained glass and a magnificent staircase. All make this a wonderful showplace. This is a shor t sale and must have lender approval.
Historical Information
This was built by a J.R. Carmichael in 1897.
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87 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne – Jackson, GA – $300,000

  1. Kelly, OHD admin Kelly, Old House Dreams (7119 comments) - 10/26/2012 at 1:45 pm //

    This is back on the market at $475,000.

    • Karen (124 comments) - 10/26/2012 at 6:24 pm //

      Be still, my heart!!! She’s a beauty! The square footage of 2378 HAS to be wrong, don’t you think???

      • Kelly, OHD admin Kelly, Old House Dreams (7119 comments) - 10/26/2012 at 6:50 pm //

        Yes, it’s probably more than what Zillow says.

      • John Berryman (7 comments) - 10/31/2012 at 9:12 am //

        per REDFIN 7100 sq. feet

      • Janie Dempsey Watts (3 comments) - 12/15/2012 at 10:29 am //

        I wrote the article for “Georgia Backroads.” This was my great grandparents’ home, and my mother spent many hours in the kitchen.
        It is a lovely home waiting to be cherished by a new owner. So many happy memories there! If I win the lottery, I would snap it up in a heartbeat.
        Janie Dempsey Watts

        • echo (325 comments) - 12/15/2012 at 3:34 pm //

          I would understand you doing that Janie. It is stunning! 🙂

        • Kelly, OHD admin Kelly, Old House Dreams (7119 comments) - 12/17/2012 at 1:07 pm //

          Hi Janie, it was a great article, the photos included were nice, the bridal photo was gorgeous! Here is hoping you win the lottery, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to own the family home. 🙂

  2. Rusty Slider (2 comments) - 10/30/2012 at 12:31 pm //

    I live in Jackson. The house is for sale now and at a price significantly lower than it was advertised for several years ago. The original family that built the house was named Carmichael, and they owned the buggy works in Jackson in earlier days. In recent years, the house has been used as a venue for events – weddings and the like. And yes, the house is much larger than 2378 sq feet…probably two and one half or three times that number The house is beautiful, and it has many interesting architectural details. The setting is only about two or three blocks from the town square, however, as is the case in many small towns, zoning has not always been kind to these old homes. This one is next door to a gas station on one side and a beautiful restored old home on the other. The town of Jackson is pretty small, however, it is only about 35 or 40 miles to Atlanta.

  3. Audrey (124 comments) - 10/30/2012 at 12:36 pm //

    Must. Find. Air! That newel post(s) took my breath away!!!
    Maybe I no longer have enough oxygen to my brain, but I am perplexed about the chord hanging through the round railing?

    • Barbara (169 comments) - 11/03/2012 at 10:04 pm //

      I would think a beautiful chandelier is attached to the electric cord to illuminate the first floor and give great affect to the floor above.

  4. Nancy Gramann (2 comments) - 11/04/2012 at 4:40 pm //

    Here is a link to the history of the house and the family; there are some lovely pictures as well: http://plantationtrail.com/2012/10/23/the-j-r-carmichael-house/

  5. echo (325 comments) - 11/04/2012 at 6:26 pm //

    Nancy,thank you so much for this article.I read every word and had tears by the end of it. 🙂

  6. Karen (124 comments) - 11/06/2012 at 12:54 pm //

    Thank you, Nancy, for sharing the article. It was of great interest. I wonder where all the stain glass and chandeliers go off to and if they will ever be returned to the mansion. I am doubting it. It is a beautiful home and I hope it doesn’t fall into further disrepair.

    • Michael Brewer (5 comments) - 04/22/2013 at 10:02 pm //

      The Carmichael House is still for sale but I don’t know how it has faired over the winter. I wrote the article on plantationtrail.com about it and was in the house back during the fall but haven’t been back in it since. I really hoped the article might reach someone that would be interested in saving it. The gas station south of the property has been closed and is not likely to reopen. It has a beautiful neighbor to north of it and another across the street; together they are quite a set of homes. The pictures on this page are the way I remember it when the Carmichael family still lived there, full of light and life. There is no finer home in Jackson.

  7. Michael (1 comments) - 11/20/2012 at 3:44 pm //

    It appears that everything in the house was auctioned off back in March, including the family heirlooms that have been with the house since it’s construction. I hope that some of the items can be returned to the new owners. Looks like even family portraits and documents were auctioned. You can see the photos at: http://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/785167.html

    • Kelly, OHD admin Kelly, Old House Dreams (7119 comments) - 11/23/2012 at 3:49 pm //

      I hate hearing that some of the original families heirlooms were auctioned off. Thanks for the link, looked like there was some amazing things being sold.

  8. Janie Dempsey Watts (3 comments) - 06/20/2013 at 6:12 pm //

    The article I wrote for Georgia Backroads, “Memories of Jackson’s Elegant and Inviting Carmichael House” (Georgia Backroads, Winter 2009) tells a lot of the history. I believe you can get a copy of this by calling Georgia Backroads : 800-547-1625.
    Here is the first paragraph of that story:
    Standing in front of the stairs of this century-old mansion, I catch glimpses of reunions past. Youngsters and oldsters smile at the camera, capturing the extended Carmichael family at a happy moment in time. Front and center is my Great Uncle J.R. Carmichael, the son of the man who built this home in 1897 to accommodate his growing family. Atlanta architects Bruce and Morgan designed and built the house from1897-1898 at a cost of $ 16,000. Sitting on two and a half acres, the house has 12 rooms, five porches, 10 fireplaces, five chimneys 47 doors and 77 windows. Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Carmichael, Sr. lived there with their 11 children, the oldest was my grandmother, and the sister to one of the youngest children, J.R.
    My great grandfather was a banker, a buggy manufacturer and also he owned a guano operation.
    The house was in our family till the death of my great uncle. At times it was apartments that were rented out, later the pride and joy of my great uncle and aunt, the former Norma Keyes, who played Sue Ellen in “Gone with the Wind.”
    After my great uncle passed, the house was owned by several non-family members and was a B & B, and later, a wedding venue.
    We descendents of J.R. and Rosa Kinard Carmichael love the house, and the many memories of family reunions. It is my sincerest wish that a caring family will buy the home and create their own family memories.
    All the best,
    Janie Dempsey Watts

  9. lara jane lara jane (875 comments) - 09/14/2013 at 1:19 pm //

    So did this sell back in January? That’s the last update on Zillow.

    I am actually sick to my stomach at the thought of the original fixtures (lights and stained glass? I rend my garments!!!!!) and family heirlooms being removed and sold. They will never be as worth as much as they were to this house.

    It’s just heartbreaking that the last Carmichael to own the home put such effort and love into restoring it and now it’s just a shadow of what it once was, no family ties…

    Yes, I am melodramatic. My son knows full well I would haunt him until his dying day if he were to squander our precious memories. Thankfully, he is also quite a schmaltz and would never hear of such a thing, and he would be a-haunting right along with me if his kids didn’t follow suit. 😉

    As to the location… So what if it’s next to a gas station (or a hotel, which I don’t see in the street view)??? It’s on a nice big lot and has some lovely neighbors. I wouldn’t be deterred from buying if I could afford it and if my husband would move to Jackson, Georgia. 😉

  10. I was by the Carmichael House today to shoot some photographs. The house still looks beautiful but the yard is in horrible shape-overgrown, knee high grass and the metal fence along the front is being overtaken by growth. My contact in the county commissioner’s office (who is pursuing legal action to force cleanup) spoke with the agent representing the house and said that it could probably be had for $250k. It is headed for “short sale” soon. This house used to be the finest of the three homes around it but it looks very sad and lonely today. I sincerely hope someone can save her. She is on the historic register. More information about the history of the house can be seen on my website plantationtrail.com if interested.

    Michael Brewer

  11. Pat (5 comments) - 11/13/2013 at 1:24 pm //

    It is sad to read what has happened to this house. I lived in an apartment there as a child. The second floor was made into 2 apartments while the first was left in its original condition for family reunions, etc. Mr. Ed Carmichael came by regularly to check on things. It was an interesting place to live. The barn/garage had a gas pump. Behind the barn there were chickens. Out to the side was a garden with a gold fish pond. There were apple trees on the property. The gas station on the other side was built while we were there. We also saw our fair share of bats who apparently lived in the attic. It would be a good location for a book.

  12. msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 03/14/2014 at 2:31 pm //

    Please let me introduce myself, Emily Irene Carmichael Sortino. Last time I was visiting the house in Jackson, the bed and breakfast couple were trying to sell it. We took my Daddy, Benjamin W. Carmichael Sr. down to see it for the last time in 2009. Daddy actually climbed the stairs at age 90 and had tears of joy in his eyes to see the same furnishings as he enjoyed with his Uncle Jake and Aunt Norma as a child. Daddy passed away later that year. I was surprised to hear that items were auctioned as the owners in 2009 told us that the items in house had to stay there as part of being registered as a historical house. Memories of my childhood at family reunions are priceless. Just going down memory lane and dreaming of some day having it back in the Carmichael family! Dreams do come true!

  13. Janie Dempsey Watts (@moonovertaylors) (7 comments) - 03/14/2014 at 8:18 pm //

    Great to hear from you Emily Carmichael Sortino! I guess we are cousins. I hope one of us Carmichael descendents can help locate a loving family to care for this charming home. Like you, I was shocked when the contents were sold. With the right owner, this great house can once again bring back memories of days gone by.

    • Hi Janie,

      So nice to hear from family and I do remember Daddy talking about Dempsy. Anyway, it would be a blessing to talk with you and if you feel comfortable, here is my contact information. Msemilysouth@bellsouth.net and my cell phone is: 619-964-6730. My husband and I live in Stone Mountain, Ga now. Please feel free to call or write any time. Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Cousin? Emily

  14. Ross Ross (2446 comments) - 03/30/2014 at 1:13 pm //

    The house is in a lovely residential area, and occupies a large lot on McDonough Road.

    Just to the south, McDonough meets West 3rd Street, a busy thoroughfare lined with commercial buildings.

    It is common to turn off a busy commercial street and onto a quite, tree-lined residential neighborhood.

    Downtown is but blocks away.

    I would have NO issue with the location of this stunning home.

  15. Ross Ross (2446 comments) - 03/30/2014 at 1:15 pm //

    Oops, that should read:

    It is common to turn off a busy commercial street and onto a quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood.

  16. Updated with more recent photos of the inside.

  17. Ross Ross (2446 comments) - 05/16/2014 at 10:08 am //

    Thanks Kelly.

    It is so sad, tragic actually, to see the BEFORE image of that incredible round opening between first/second floor, and with its GORGEOUS curved stained glass windows in situ, and the AFTER with blank openings.

    This should certainly be illegal.

  18. msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 05/22/2014 at 10:43 am //

    Still love this house from my youth….many memories of family reunions of over 200 people with much laughter, love and lots of food too! Miss Uncles Jake and Aunt Norma who kept tradition of family reunions alive in our generations gone by. Praying about buying and having family reunions there once again! This is a lovely house with much to give to whom ever is able to purchase and enjoy for years to come. I treasure this home always!

  19. Ally (22 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 3:11 pm //

    Oh wow…if only! love it!

  20. Pat (5 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 4:23 pm //

    We visited Jackson on 8/2/14 and stopped by the house. It was sadly overgrown. Weeds are grown up all along the fence around the property. Poison oak is to the left where one would park. In the back, a magnolia is completely covered by vines; I almost didn’t see the huge leaves. So sad

    • Karen Longo (124 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 5:26 pm //

      Pat, were you able to get inside the house to see the condition? What is the town of Jackson, Ga. like??

      • Pat (5 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 8:33 pm //

        We were not able to get inside. My daughter called the realtor to make sure it was okay for us to look around. He gave us permission to look around but he was headed to a wedding and couldn’t come and open it up for us.
        Jackson was our hometown when I was young and I have many distant relatives there, but I haven’t spent much time there to know the culture. The town is not too far from I-75 and just a couple of counties from Atlanta and a little north of Macon. So the location may seem a little off the beaten path, but actually not a bad location.
        The house is close to the center of town and is surrounded by a number of beautiful well kept older homes, some quite large. The center of town has a a beautiful old well constructed courthouse. You can drive down the street from town and have a wonderful view of the house in front of you. It was quite a lovely view when the house was well kept. I wish I had more time to explore the town We were actualy in the area for a funeral. My children wanted to see several places. We went to Indian Springs State Park and to Fresh Air BBQ. They had always heard about the Carmichael house. It did not disappoint as far as the architecture and the size. But there were changes for me I don’t recall the fence. It seemed to me it should have been wrought iron vertical rods with pointed caps all the way around. There was no gazebo or the extra little out buildings when I was young. If there were any remnants of the gold fish pond, we couldn’t find them. So much was grown over. We had already seen poison oak so we were afraid to venture too far. I’m still horrified that a giant magnolia is completely covered with vines.
        It would be great if some foundation / museum could take it over.

        • Pat (5 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 9:02 pm //

          I should add that the exterior of the house looks like the pictures here at this website. It is a beautiful home. It is the grounds that have gotten out of control. And it is not too late to reverse much of that.

  21. Robb (225 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 4:58 pm //

    We saw this house in October 2013. We saw it with the Realtor friend of the owners and she told us all about the house. We could not get in as Chase had changed the locks in the past week. The place was badly stripped and ruined and yard was bad at that point. Strong rumor is the city wants to buy the house to make into a library or some type of public building. Town is OK but not near any huge towns for supplies if I remember.

  22. Janie of Georgia (7 comments) - 08/09/2014 at 8:50 pm //

    I am the g-grand daughter of the original owners.
    The contents–including a charming fleurs-de-lis window–were sold at auction
    about five years ago. The “bones” are fine–and the home’s wonderful history
    will never change. She just needs TLC and she will continue to inspire
    all who enter with her beauty and storied past.
    I pray for the right owner to find her. This house would be ideal for a museum
    or library. If our family could have held onto it we would have.

  23. Lynn (70 comments) - 08/16/2014 at 10:00 am //

    I just looked at this house on Google Earth and I literally started to cry. I fell in love with her the first time I laid eyes on her and have dreamed she could be mine since. It must be a fairly recent image as the weeds are growing up the fence and she just looks so lonely. I just hate that she’s been pillaged of her jewelry and some of her beauty, but the right owner could bring her back to all her glory and beauty. I wish it could be me, but the timing is just not right. Still a couple more years till retirement and even so, the money is just not available right now. I hope and pray that whoever the lucky owner will be does right by her and doesn’t destroy anymore of her charm.

  24. msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 09/05/2014 at 1:48 pm //

    Memories and memories of days gone by! Uncle Jake was so special….some knew him as the chewing gum man because when you would shake his hands, usually you would find a piece of Juicy Fruit gum or Big Red; but no matter what, you would get a piece of gum! They say I was the first “red head” since my Great Uncle Jake, as he was also a red head and sometimes a red face! Uncle Jake always had a smile and a warm welcome to young and old and to family and friends and to strangers! The memories of Uncle Jake and Aunt Norma who so beautifully decorated the wonderful Carmichael house brought much Joy to many people through out their life time! I am so thankful to had such special uncle and aunt! Our family was close and we were at Grandmother Carolyn Carmichael and Homer Ambrose Carmichael home on Piedmont Road in Atlanta, Ga. almost every Sunday after church! How I loved to go to their home and sneak back to the kitchen where Maimi was making egg custard and she would always let me lick the spoon! You can not find custard as good as hers! Back to the Carmichael Jackson home..best memories were family reunions with over 200 people! Memories! Memories! So Good!

  25. emeraldt (1 comments) - 09/05/2014 at 4:21 pm //

    Love this beautiful home, just recently drove by after work. Sorry to see the grounds in disrepair. Love old homes, new ones are just not right. When blessed with funds will buy house & restore , hate to see in disrepair. Such a grande home should be treated with care.

  26. Janie Dempsey Watts (7 comments) - 09/05/2014 at 4:28 pm //

    Still praying for the right buyer to get the old girl and restore her to the beauty she once was. Emily, I sure enjoyed your memories. Uncle Jake Carmichael and Miss Norma were most hospitable. My favorite part of “the tour” was the “Gone With the Wind” room and the chilled peaches served on the back, enclosed porch. Treasured memories in the Carmichael House.

  27. J (2 comments) - 09/28/2014 at 2:16 am //

    Its so nice to see a conversation being had about this home. I fell in love with it a few years ago when it popped up on my radar when the interior items were being auctioned off (a shame) I thought it was breathtaking!!! I was surprised to see it reappear a few years later, now with the property for sale. It seemed to come and go, as you’ve all noted. Just. Recently I saw it listed for auction again with a staring price for under $100,000. I couldn’t believe it! I had the wild idea of bidding on it. How I would love a home like this!! But truth be told, you’d need a small fortune for its upkeep. Even still, I dreamt of picking it up for a song and at least holding onto it and keeping it safe, and mowed.

    The auction was supposed to start this week I had thought and I went back to auction.com, but I cannot find it!! No listing, no mention that it was auctioned, or pulled, postponed. Confusing!! I searched all over the web trying to track down news of it, and found this site.

    Perhaps this sounds like too strong a statement, but i really believe the abandonment of this home is evidence to the soulless times we live in. Such beauty, such history, allowed to crumble. Does no one value these things any longer? Instead we build homes out of wood pulp, on postage stamp sized lawns. There’s no character, no sense of permanence.

    The excuse given by some will surely be that it’s not near enough to the city, and too far from any conveniences. A town with such beautiful homes and such a lovely city center should have drawn people to it. But no one seems interested in such things anymore. Calling it a shame is an understatement.

    I hope that someone worthy comes along and takes responsibility for this, restoring it to all it’s former glory! I wish I was in the position to do it! Those stairs….they literally brought me to tears *lol* p

    If anyone sees it posted again for sale, please update the group here. I really want to know what comes of it. And who knows, if it plummets to $90,000 again, I may just put in an offer. You’ll all have to rent it out for a month or so though, and help me fund it’s renovation 🙂

  28. Gini (4 comments) - 10/12/2014 at 10:37 pm //

    My son and his family moved to Jackson a few months ago and I took a cut through one day and came upon this house. I can’t stop thinking about it. I pulled in the driveway when I saw it was for sale. Like the post above, I researched it and saw the 90K starting bid and thought how wonderful it would be to own a home like this one. I enjoyed reading about the history and although I realized the reserve was much higher than I could ever afford, I still can’t help riding by and hoping I win the lottery or something like that so that it could be mine. Although the previous owners stripped it, It still has character. What fun it would be to restore it. It appears to have been purchased as this past weekend I did my ride by so I could see it yet again and the gate was closed, a man was on the porch smoking and things were all over the front yard. He was there the next day as well and had chairs on the porch. It’s not livable but he seems to be there to stay. Has it indeed been purchased although it’s still listed.

  29. J (2 comments) - 10/13/2014 at 11:42 pm //

    Thank you both for the update about the house. My dreams might be broken but I am thrilled that is has sold! I worried it would decay just sitting there, or be a target for looters and vandals.

    Have any of you seen some of the homes for sale in Detroit? Talk about heartbreaking! Some are nearly as lovely as this, but it awful shape and abandoned. There were some gorgeous parts of that city, and it’s all being lost. I think about getting something there and caring for it, but like most others, I worry the city will continue to fall apart around it. I guess that’s why the houses sit.

    If only I had some extra. Money that I wouldn’t miss if it were gone. I would gladly put it into an old house, just to help save the character of the town. They just don’t make homes like they used to. It seems there is no pride in the craftsmanship, only in the size.

    I sure hope the person who bought this house is prepared for the undertaking and is in it for the long haul <3 What a lucky duck

    • Ross Ross (2446 comments) - 10/14/2014 at 12:17 am //

      Hi J!

      Yes, Detroit has significant problems. But the city is experiencing a who-would-have-thought-it-possible rebirth. There is a lot of construction going on, and renovations. The downtown core is on a firm upswing, with numerous long-empty skyscrapers being renovated and fully rented. Even Whole Foods has opened up a store in the city! And a fixed-rail trolly line is being built as I write this. Very cool!

      While there are great swaths of the city I would not recommend, there are numerous stable neighborhood which are doing quite well, and recent sales confirm this. Such neighborhoods include, for example, Indian Village, Corktown, Boston-Edison, Sherwood Forest, and many others.

      In short, Detroit is pockets of prosperity surrounded by swaths of decay. This is not unusual for many many rust-belt cities, but Detroit is the one which seems to be on a decided upswing.

    • Michael B (5 comments) - 10/14/2014 at 6:28 am //

      I’m not sure that the house has actually sold. A movie film company has been filming episodes of “The Outsiders” at the residence with the bank’s permission and in conjunction with the city. I think they have someone staying on the premises now to watch over the house and film equipment that they have in place there.

  30. Michael B (5 comments) - 10/27/2014 at 2:42 pm //

    Filming is going on actively at the Carmichael House these days. I was incorrect on the name of the TV show, it’s “The Originals” and it is apparently very popular with the younger crowd. I understand that they are in love with the house and will be using it a good bit. They have on-premises security looking after things and that should help keep the vandals out, not to mention they are pumping money into the local economy. Once the episodes featuring the house come out, the house is going to become pretty well known I would imagine and that kind of interest might ensure it’s future. Good thing is that they seem to be taking good care of her!

  31. Barbara (31 comments) - 10/27/2014 at 4:25 pm //

    Looks like the filming might be over-

    The newspaper article didn’t mention the house is for sale 🙁

  32. Michael B (5 comments) - 10/27/2014 at 4:41 pm //

    The newspaper was referencing the first shooting schedule. They have been back since then for a second session and have begun a new one for the next couple of days as of this morning. They have the intersection in front of the house blocked until 9PM tonight and until 11PM tomorrow night. During their time away from the house, the security guard has been staying on the premises.

  33. msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 10/27/2014 at 9:10 pm //

    Praise the Lord! My Uncle Jake and Aunt Norma were the last generation to actually live in the Carmichael house. My Daddy, Benjamin W. Carmichael Sr. and two cousins inherited the house when Uncle Jake passed. Since then, the house has gone thru many changes. When my husband Joseph, and I, Emily Carmichael Sortino drove my Daddy at age 90 years old in 2009 to see his Jackson home where he spent much time in his youth with family and pleasant memories! Daddy was so excited that he could climb the stairs with a little help and to find with much delight on the first landing, a little table box with a glass top that held treasures! One of the treasures was a letter that Daddy had actually written to his Grandmother when he was away in the Navy and yes, beside the table was his old Navy hat! Imagine at 90 years old experiencing many lost memories that brought back to his mind a refreshing and JOY of years gone by! Not sure what kind of movie was filmed at the historic Carmichael home, but to know someone young would yet treasure and love the elegance of our old Carmichael house and come to love our home! If you could only imagine the fellowship and laughter held within it’s walls and especially little children laughing and singing around the yard and children playing and peeking through the rails of the wrap around porch! Those were the days! Those are memories that many of us that shared the love and special times at the yearly family re-unions at Uncle Jake’s and Aunt Norma’s home…or as the Carmichael house can never be removed from our hearts or from our memories. For those times will linger with us through eternity. Since most of the Carmichaels shared a strong faith in God, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…maybe our dream home in Jackson will be similar to some of the mansions in heaven! We can only imagine and how appropriate that such a house of centuries gone by may resemble some of the elegance of heaven which really is beyond our imaginations! The memories of the Carmichael house were beyond any words could explain; but in my heart, I believe many of the memories were so embedded in our heart because the presence of our Heavenly Father, God Almighty; the laughter was because the Joy of the Lord which burst out in giggles among young and old alike; but also…there was always that peace that peace that surpasses all understanding, not like the world gives, but that peace that is a gift from our God as when you surrender and become His child. Since many children of the Carmichael generations were children of the Living God…..all these abide upon us and angels all around us when we gathered in the Carmichael house! Surely the home was a gift from God for the delight in their hearts upon HIm!
    I Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. That is what you always found in the Carmichael house in Jackson, Georgia…faith, hope and love! May faith, hope and love abide there forever more!

  34. Robb H (225 comments) - 12/03/2014 at 11:11 pm //

    We saw this house about a year ago. The house is large but not grand. To put it bluntly, this house was house raped by its previous owners who sold all they could from this grand house before giving it back to the bank. I hace no respect for them.

    • msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 02/13/2015 at 11:08 am //

      Thank you Robb for speaking the truth, and who ever they were took everything out of this house (that I loved dearly as did most Carmichael family), appeared to have no conscious. The truth always comes out in the end! Whether we give out evil or whether we give out good, it will come back to you how you give it out. The odd thing is this… and it makes you wonder? When my Daddy was 90, we took him down to see his old house. Uncle Jake left the house to my Daddy and a couple others. In the end, they sold it. When we arrived to the Jackson home that cold winter evening, the husband and wife and children were leaving to go out for the evening; instead, they kindly invited Dad, my husband and me inside for “memory sakes”!! Daddy showed us many of the items in the house that he remembered as a young boy. At that time, a discussion came up with Dad and the owners (retired airline pilot and his wife) about the antiques, treasures, etc. It was clearly stated and acknowledged that because the house is part of the Historical Society, that legally all the antiques that were there upon purchase were to remain in the house throughout different ownerships. The husband even wrote down our name and said they would call me if they decided to sell it or if there was something they thought a Carmichael family member might treasure. How thoughtful? Or was that a clue? They seemed like such nice people as he and my husband helped Daddy walk up the stairs. On the first landing was Daddy’s navy hat, a letter Daddy wrote to his Grandmother, and the birthing bed used for generations. There were buggy parts from the Carmichael buggy business and even parts of Uncle Jake’s trolley cars from his Atlanta home . Many other antique furniture pieces were considered included in the historical society agreement, but no enforcement of the agreement? Even though the wedding venue owners seemed like nice people, maybe they were just like many con people who look and say all the right things, but have other intentions. They can not take the good memories that generations of our family had in the Jackson house! Many years, over 200 plus people cherished family re-unions; and also, special family visits, sitting on porch with Uncle Jake and Aunt Norma….none of those and many more memories….no one any where can ever take from our hearts and minds! My dream is that some day, someone in our family would once again own it and keep it to re-start the famous family re-unions held at the Jackson home! But if not, I do pray someone who does buy it will appreciate and enjoy the quality of the home and history of life in the house that still shows glimpses of it as you wander through with the high ceilings and rich shadows of left over gem treasures. With your imagination or even with the old pictures listed on this site :), you can see the home once reflected the eloquence of beauty and charm! It also reflects the finer days of living the Victorian dream in the old South in Jackson, Georgia! All is well! Thank you.

      • JM (1 comments) - 07/12/2017 at 10:20 am //

        I am curious when the items and windows of this house was auctioned off was this done in the town of Jackson? did the Carmichael family know of the auction before it happened? Were any of the family members able to bid on items and maybe get an item back out of the house by buying it?

  35. ATLBrysco (4 comments) - 01/24/2015 at 10:29 pm //

    Just an update to all.. I walked this house week before last as I am looking to purchase a Victorian in Jackson in the next few months.. There are many in Jackson and I looked at five in the area.

    The house is an absolute gem that needs some polishing… But a significant amount.. Kitchen and bathrooms gutted and the required public safety fittings for the wedding venue were done as cheaply and quickly as possible with no regard or respect for the fittings of the house. Only two of the stained glass originals remain, and from what I could see of the plumbing it wasn’t good.

    The list on it now is $279K, but you easily would sink another $200k into it for the restoration it deserves..and a significant portion of that would be right up front for the kitchen/bathroom and plumbing rebuilds. Unfortunately, that is more than I can spend but I hope it finds a buyer that can give this magnificent home the love it deserves.

    • msemilysouth Emily Sortino (7 comments) - 08/06/2015 at 1:17 pm //

      My husband, Joseph and I walked it a little over a week ago also. It is a tragedy what has happened. We were thinking at least $100,000 to fix it up, but we think you are correct that it could easily be $200,000. One thing I am so thankful that my Daddy never saw it destroyed like it is now. It appears homeless come and go in and out of the house and more and more damage. We were reminising about our drive from Stone Mountain, Ga down to see our Carmichael house for memories. We regret not asking the family (retired airline pilot and wife) when we took Daddy down in 2009, if we could have Daddy’s Navy hat and the letter that Daddy had written to his Grandmother that was in the the case on the first landing of the beautiful staircase! What were we thinking? It would be no loss to them, but sweet memories for Daddy and us. Dad passed away that year and he often talked about our trip down to the Jackson house with such fond memories. Too bad that I was not the rich child (first red head since Uncle Jake Carmichael-he and Aunt Norma lived there for years!) …because I would have loved to care for our beautiful Carmichael home and continued to have “Carmichael Family Reunions” once a year! It is so kind how so many people also wish they could afford to fix the house and keep it up. It is a treasure for the right person, but sometimes we have to let things go and enjoy the memories!

  36. Unheard Uv (32 comments) - 02/12/2015 at 11:31 pm //

    Zillow has changed its availability to “pre forclosure auction”. The price history says listing was removed on the 10th.

  37. Kay girl (1 comments) - 03/30/2015 at 6:25 pm //

    I wish someone would fix this house up. I went by it the other day and it’s so sad to see it rotting away. This house is my dream house but I’m too young to buy it now. If someone cleans this place up and keep it pretty, don’t get rid of the jasmine plant in the backyard. Just fix the gate for the little fenced backyard. Don’t redo anything about it besides cleaning it up and mowing and weed killing. This house is so beautiful and it’s so old, it doesn’t need to go to waste.

  38. Ann (1 comments) - 05/17/2015 at 12:03 am //

    Well if I ever get the money I will buy this house and give it the love and care it deserves… and I am sad that they ripped out the things in this house! I still want this house though… it’s my dream home!! Maybe one day!

  39. Gini (4 comments) - 05/17/2015 at 1:31 am //

    I ride by the house every chance I get. If I ever win the lottery the first thing I will do is buy it and restore it as it was originally out of respect for the man who built it for his family and made it so unique. The story of the Carmichael’s and the reason he built the house where he did is awesome. No one should ever change it from its original beauty. It needs a lot of work but with a lot of money and TLC it can be accomplished.

  40. Thank you one and all for caring so deeply for this home that my great grandparents built. I hope one of you will be able to soon give her the care she deserves.

  41. Still showing for sale on Zillow, at $434,000 but I wonder if it’s a glitch/error.

  42. Kelley B (1 comments) - 08/05/2015 at 8:56 pm //

    My husband and I drove by this beautiful estate about a week ago and I instantly fell in LOVE!!! I saw the before and after pictures of this home and the way this home was left borders on abuse…

    Is this home still for sale? I see a price of $300K in this listing but yet it says that it’s not for sale… Does anyone on the forum know anything about the condition of the structure of the home? I would love to make this magnificent Lady our home!

  43. Karen (1 comments) - 01/10/2016 at 9:26 pm //

    The Carmichael House has been sold. We are the proud owners and will start within the next few weeks on a major renovation project. We will be refurbishing the house and adding an event hall to mirror the victorian style of the home. The project will probably take 15-18 months but we anticipate restoring the grand pink lady to her former glory and sharing it with others.

    • kellyd, old house dreams (387 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 2:07 am //

      Can’t wait to see, congratulations!

    • Janie Spataro (7 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 8:52 am //

      Dear Karen,
      So happy to hear you are the new owners. I am the great-grand daughter of the Carmichaels who built the home. My grandmother was their eldest, Bertha Beatrice Carmichael Dempsey. My article on the house was in “Georgia Backroads” about five years ago and featured many memories.
      Please keep us posted on your progress and I hope to come visit after you are finished.
      Congratulations! Janie Dempsey Watts Spataro

      • Karen (5 comments) - 01/22/2016 at 11:28 pm //


        We loved your article and the history it provided. We would love to have you visit anytime you would like to. Feel free to come by as we will soon be there on a nearly daily basis. We would love to meet you and pick your brain on any history you have.

        • Janie Dempsey Watts (7 comments) - 01/23/2016 at 9:20 am //

          Hi Karen,

          I will try to come down this spring or summer at some point. I live about three hours north of there, up here in Ringgold, GA countryside. Also, when I’ll tell all my cousins about you. Some live in the Atlanta area. One cousin in particular will be thrilled to hear.

          So glad you are there to work on the home and restore her to her glory!



    • Ross Ross (2446 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 9:46 am //

      What thrilling news on Monday morning! Congrats!

  44. Pat (5 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 7:35 am //

    Great news, Congratulations! I am so happy for you and the house! Best wishes to you and your family.

  45. Robb H (225 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 9:23 am //

    Congrats!! Please take some current pictures and post them now to show people the project you have ahead of you. So many people on here have only seen the old pictures that the Realtor had posted. We looked at the house and knew the condition years ago so we can only imagine what it looked like when you bought it. Eager to see your progress.

  46. Lynn (70 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 12:21 pm //

    Karen I am so excited for you! This house has been one of my faves since it first posted. I just know you’re gonna make it the stunner it once was. Please take plenty of before pictures. As you progress, you’ll wanna go back and look at those befores. It’ll give you the wherewithal to continue the hard work. I’m sure Ross can attest to this. LOL Also Karen, will you have a web page so that we can all see the progress?

  47. Gini (4 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 1:48 pm //

    Glad its not going to deteriorate anymore but it was built to be a home. I was so hoping for someone to make it as it once was and not another business. What a shame. Its never made it as an event hall or bed and breakfast. At least it will get a restoration to last a while. Jackson’s not a happening place for those things but good luck. Maybe this will be different than before.

    • Audrey (124 comments) - 01/11/2016 at 6:51 pm //

      This is not a very nice comment. For the perfect venue, people are willing to travel for a wedding. I think it’s a great use! It’s a massive house, and there obviously weren’t any willing families in the market.
      I think it’s wonderful, and would love to see updates and the finished project! Congratulations on your purchase, and THANK YOU for investing in the stewardship of this exquisite home!

  48. Gini (4 comments) - 01/12/2016 at 10:13 am //

    I wish them nothing but the best. It is a house built to live in and seeing exit signs all over it and it being a business isn’t what I wanted to see. I would have loved to have seen it renovated back to as close to original as possible. Its also beside of older homes in a residential area so that would be the hopes of a lot of people. Not as a business causing traffic in the area. However, I am glad that someone bought it before it got any worse and truth be told, I know my daughter would absolutely love to have her wedding reception there, so I’m looking forward to seeing it in all its beauty from the inside too. I am entitled to my opinions. Thank you. AGAIN, best of luck to the new owners.

  49. Karen (5 comments) - 07/18/2016 at 8:14 pm //

    Just a quick update. Progress on the Carmichael House is coming along. The exterior is being repainted and is looking just fantastic! We have started up a facebook page so that interested people can follow along on what is going on. The link is http://www.facebook.com/carmichaelhouseweddings. Please like us and share as desired. This is where we will post pictures of things that are going on. We are also working on a website, http://www.thecarmichaelhouse.com for when we get our business plans together.

    We are hoping to have the house itself ready for a holiday open house so that everyone can get a look at what has been done to restore this beauty. The event center will not be completed by then but hopefully the house will be ready. Stay tuned for more updates!

  50. Janie Watts Spataro (7 comments) - 07/18/2016 at 10:07 pm //

    Thank you for letting us hear. The Christmas Open House sounds lovely.

  51. LA (1 comments) - 10/04/2016 at 5:51 pm //

    Please, Please, PLEASE post picks of the renovations and the open house!!

  52. Karen (5 comments) - 10/05/2016 at 8:55 pm //

    Just to let everyone know, our Holiday Open House will be Saturday December 10th. We have not set the hours yet but will be sure to post it on both our facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/carmichaelhouseweddings, and our website, http://www.thecarmichaelhouse.com when we have them set. We are working like crazy getting the house ready and have lots of pictures of our progress on our facebook page.

  53. Karen (5 comments) - 11/26/2016 at 9:42 pm //

    Our Holiday Open House will be Saturday December 10th from 1-5pm. If you get a chance to come visit us, please do! We would love to see you.

  54. Paula fore (1 comments) - 02/13/2017 at 11:26 am //

    Have no idea if you will receive this message. I have a portrait purchased at an auction and i was told the woman’s name is Elizabeth Carmichael. Was purchased at an estate in Lenox ga. Is a painting by William glascock reynolds, very famous artist. Portrait is gorgeous. Approx four by five feet and framed. I know there are many Carmichael around, however one had to have been wealthy to have had this portrait painted my mr reynolds. He was related to Margaret Mitchell, gone with the wind. The detail on this portrait is excellent.
    Paula fore. Albany ga. Donaldtboy@bellsouth.net. Please reply if interested.

  55. I hope some of you have been following the new owners Facebook page. They just posted this beautiful photo:


  56. Karen Garrett (5 comments) - 07/06/2017 at 7:14 pm //

    Kelly, thanks for sharing this!

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