1855 Greek Revival – White Pine, TN

Added to OHD on 3/7/11   -   Last OHD Update: 6/28/20   -   23 Comments
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380 Cody Rd, White Pine, TN

  • $1,800,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 5500 Sq Ft
  • 63 Ac.
Must call before showing Home or property The Isaac White Rodgers Franklin?s Riverview Riverview, the I.W.R. Franklin house, is located in east Tennessee on the French Broad River, about 2 miles downstream from the confluence of the Nolichucky, Pigeon and French Broad Rivers, now Douglas Lake, part of the Tennessee Valley Authority in Jefferson County, Tennessee. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and overlooks the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. According to the Tennessee Historical Commission, the house remains but one of four houses in Tennessee in its original plantation setting. The c 1853-1855 house is believed to have been a wedding gift by Lawson D. Franklin to his son, Issac White Rodgers Franklin, and is representative of the Columbus Eclectic architectural style. Columbus Eclectic is a vernacular style of architecture, reaching its zenith in the Columbus, Mississippi environs in the 1850s, and combines design elements of Greek Revival, Italianate and Gothic Revival architecture. That Franklin would draw upon builders and then up-to-date design available in Columbus, rather than in the back country of Jefferson County, Tennessee is no surprise. Lawson D. Franklin had huge interests in land, personalty and business in Tennessee, including one twenty mile parcel running along the French Broad and Nollichucky Rivers in east Tennessee, and the land of present day River View. In Mississippi, Franklin owned a one-half interest in a mercantile and trading business in Aberdeen, and a large plantation outside of Columbus. In March 1850 he married his second wife, Catherine Smith of Morgan County, Alabama; Smith owned large plantations in Morgan County and in Monroe County, Mississippi near Aberdeen, its county seat. Extant letters of Franklin from the 1850s reveal Franklin?s travels and business in Columbus and Aberdeen.
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23 Comments on 1855 Greek Revival – White Pine, TN

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  1. Melissa says: 4 comments

    I often paint the ceilings in my Victorian House a color other than white, but those are some seriously dark colors. I could not imaging trying to paint over them.

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  2. Ryan says: 471 comments

    I’m not in love with those dark ceilings either. The carving on the newel post is pretty awesome though.

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  3. Ryan says: 471 comments

    It’s hard to say for sure, but I think that original newel post might still actually be there. It looks to me like they may have restored the natural wood finish on the newel post itself but left the white paint on the carved garland. I’m thinking that’s why it sort of appears that there’s something white going diagonally around the dark wood post.

    But again, even after cropping and enlarging that picture, I’m not really sure.

  4. Ryan says: 471 comments

    Turns out this house has its own website with more detailed photos and history of the place. And now I’m more convinced that the newel post in the listing pic is original to the house.
    http://www.iwrfranklinhouse.com/interior.html

    If that one picture was indeed taken in 1870, it seems there’s a pretty good chance the African American girl was born into slavery. But the fact that she was included in a family portrait would also seem to suggest that they were probably pretty fond of her. Race relations were very complex in those times. I mean, things were not always as black & white (no pun intended) as we 21st century peeps tend to assume, so it’d be really interesting to find out just who she is and what her role was.

  5. B says: 1 comments

    That house use to be one of the Main slave houses for that area. I have lived next to the house all my life and so has my grandmother. I remember the first time they sold it we got to go on a tour and shackles were still hanging in the garage where they use to chain up the slaves. The house was also aired on Unsolved Mysteries.

  6. Jesslane Bell says: 4 comments

    I love this house so much.. I got to tour it when they had a open house. Breaks my heart that they left the house there now to sit all akone in the field. I loved the baby gar gar the most. Really added the old plantation setting.

    • Mark kalinowski says: 2 comments

      Anyone know the status of this house currently? I found out about the auction three months after it was over. Would have loved to have seen it

      • Jess Bell says: 4 comments

        We went to the open house for the auction. They have gutted the place pretty much. However the place is still historic and wonderful. BEAUTIFUL

      • Sunsphere says: 2 comments

        I have some current photos is there anyway to add them here?

      • DG says: 1 comments

        Yes, my cousin Kay Cathey bought the house at auction and will restore it to its original elegance. This is truly one of America’s finest homes.

        • JennyC says: 1 comments

          Hi! I grew up in this area, and love this house. My husband actually tried to track down your cousin, but the only Cathey’s he could locate had no connection.
          If Kay would ever be interested in selling, we are serious about buying. I would love it if you would let me know either way!

          • Replied with this to Kay Cathey’s cousin DG as well. I would love to get in touch. “Riverview” was built by my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lawson D. Franklin. His son I.W.R. Franklin had a daughter Elizabeth Franklin. She first married a Carson, and one of their five children was Lena Carson, my grandmother. Lena married Guy Douglas Dean. One of their daughters was Elizabeth Franklin Dean, my mother. I’m her only child, Elizabeth Dean. I have so many true stories of the home back in the 1800s, pictures, two oil paintings, and a special sterling silver cruet set engraved from “Jim to Lizzie” that Mr. Carson gave his wife Elizabeth. Again, I’d love to get in touch.

        • I would love to get in touch. “Riverview” was built by my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lawson D. Franklin. His son I.W.R. Franklin had a daughter Elizabeth Franklin. She first married a Carson, and one of their five children was Lena Carson, my grandmother. Lena married Guy Douglas Dean. One of their daughters was Elizabeth Franklin Dean, my mother. I’m her only child, Elizabeth Dean. I have so many true stories of the home back in the 1800s, pictures, two oil paintings, and a special sterling silver cruet set engraved from “Jim to Lizzie” that Mr. Carson gave his wife Elizabeth. Again, I’d love to get in touch.

  7. Mark kalinowski says: 2 comments

    Any idea who owns the house Now?

  8. Jess Bell says: 4 comments

    The auction is over of course. But here’s the website telling you more. http://www.powellauction.com/auctions/estate/554 this is who held the open house. They were there when I went.

  9. john says: 1 comments

    I mowed their yard in 1961-62 for mrs berry. It was a great place then

    • Dave says: 1 comments

      My grandmother was born in this house in 1903 and told us stories of sliding down the banister as a child! I wish it was still in the family.

  10. Mansfield80 says: 2 comments

    Dave, Do you have any pictures or anything?

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