1893 Queen Anne – Trenton, TN (George F. Barber)

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503 S College St, Trenton, TN

  • $129,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 4820 Sq Ft
  • 0.52 Ac.
"The Pecan Place" is a must see Showcase Home 6 bed 3.5 baths 5,000 sq ft + living. Orig. hardwood floors. This Victorian Beauty is a rare find, well maintained keeping the original theme and historical attributes. In the Historic District of Trenton walking distance to the beautiful downtown area. Relax on the complete wrap around front porch overlooking the landscaped 1/2 acre estate with producing pecan, apple, cherry & pear trees.
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Barbara Hopkins, Hickman Realty Group,
731-414-8184

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This was originally posted in 2010, sold since and is now back on the market (it was the first house OHD ever helped sell!) All of the pics you see above are from 2010. Pics updated with new listing pics.

    According to the previous owner the current owner redid the kitchen with new cabinets (“maybe darker maple or light cherry color) with granite countertops and a sink island with an eating space where you would have stools or something… They also enclosed the upstairs porch so it is now heated and cooled space, added closets, and put in a bath where the old one used to be… It has a place for an upstairs laundry in there as well as a raised claw foot tub in front of the fireplace. There’s an interesting closet off the bath that I think he designed for a lighted display for maybe a collection of little houses or something like a Christmas Village. It has outlets all over the place with shelves below, so I guess that’s what it may have been for.” “…he put proper windows and some French doors on the big downstairs porch and added quite a bit of stained glass.”

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  2. Brandy says: 1 comments

    What’s the history of the house?

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  3. GeoffreyPS says: 101 comments

    I love the old picture. Look at small trees and then compare to the current picture. Fun!

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  4. Babebleu says: 10 comments

    Outstanding!! So beautiful!!!!

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  5. Lindsay G says: 518 comments

    Gorgeous. I love the snow picture with the lights on the house. It makes it look like a cozy little place to shelter in during a winter storm or something.

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  6. Debbie says: 14 comments

    I remember when the previous owner was remodeling, but keeping to the historical preservation of the house. She did an amazing job with the floors and wallpapering. I enjoyed her blog about her journey and here is her blog site with pictures of her hard work. She truly loved this house. http://teapottreasure.blogspot.com/2006/09/hi-this-is-our-victorian-home-in.html

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  7. Pamela Ky girl says: 43 comments

    Just gorgeous I love it from head to toe!!!!!!!

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  8. Jennifer HT says: 732 comments

    The nighttime snow pic is a bit Halloweenish! That tree needs a giant spider on it. haha! I love the house though. Bummer about the updates.

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  9. SueSue says: 1100 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    I agree that the old kitchen was much better and where did the old stove go? It was a beauty. That said, I love this house. It is beautiful and cozy. I can envision all the gardens that yard could hold as well.

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  10. CherylM says: 7 comments

    How beautiful….in my state, but on the other side, so a good 5 hour drive.

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  11. Barbara says: 4 comments

    This house is beautiful – I can but dream…….

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  12. Ant Eun says: 36 comments

    EXQUISITE!
    I am just awestruck at the beauty I see this morning! Pecan Place indeed, looking at this was just like enjoying a pecan praline-sweet!

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  13. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership says: 1024 comments

    This house just feels like home, many a staycation if I was lucky enough to own this one. Such a quaint property too. <3

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  14. Rick C says: 16 comments

    Beautiful home and at a great price! This one won’t be available for long . . .

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  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Updated with the listing pics from the gallery. Mine are showing just a bit out of order.

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  16. Jenny McCoy says: 133 comments

    Some of the wallpaper is so outstanding! What a great place.

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  17. Michael Mackin says: 3388 comments

    I love the floors! I’m wondering about what’s under the carpet upstairs in the bedrooms.

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  18. DH says: 13 comments

    Wow, I’m on it…boxes are packed and I’m on my way…. I wish! ?

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  19. Anastasia Lee says: 15 comments

    ‘Pecan Place’ would work great for my home.. I Love It.. Wish I was ready to move as it would be very close to the music capitals as well.. I would love to see this available in say a year or so, then I think I could be ready 🙂
    Ahh to ‘Old House Dream’ … Thank you, ~ Anastasia Lee ~

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  20. JimHJimH says: 5662 comments
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    An old photo in the Virtual Tour shows a house built in 1846 by Henry Lucas Elder (1821-1873), who owned a dry goods store downtown. The previous owner says that house was rebuilt as this one using the Barber plans. The Historic District report disagrees, stating that the Henry L. Elder home was elsewhere and burned in the 1880’s, and that this house was built from scratch.
    The Elders, originally from Virginia, had settled in Trenton around 1830 and the extended family was prominent in the town’s early history. Henry and wife Harriet had seven children, and Henry’s brother John W. Elder owned a grocery store and lived next door. John suffered a severe head wound in the Civil War, but survived and outlived his younger brother by 30 years.
    Horace McClung Elder (1847-1910), the eldest child of Henry and Harriet, attended the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie NY, one of the few such schools around at the time. After Henry’s death, his son William took over the store, and in 1879 Horace started the Gibson County Bank with his Uncle John, serving as cashier for many years. Horace inherited the old house, though his siblings stayed with him for years – you can see the large family on the porch in the old photo.
    The bank prospered, Horace had the new house built, and he and wife Sarah moved in with their 5 young children. Their son Harry became a successful attorney, and the four daughters – Mamie, Sallie Mae, Rebecca Belle and Florence – all married.
    http://tn-roots.com/tngibson/Illustrated/Page091bw.jpg

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  21. LorenN says: 77 comments

    I agree, the previous owner did a lovely job with the wallpaper in this old gal.
    The furnishings stage it to perfection. Those high gloss inlaid floors are exceptional. I do find the bathrooms a bit odd with layout & some have carpeting in them. Again, for a home of this age, I would expect bathrooms to be odd due to remodel/add-ons etc. A very lovely place overall!

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  22. Ashley403 says: 76 comments

    In the 20th picture down the room with the gas heater in the fireplace. Is that door with a wall directly behind it part of the latest kitchen remodel? The studs don’t even look like they are 16 inch center. The cabinet to the left has some sort of pink sticker on it also. I guess everyone’s taste is different,but I think the kitchen and bath were much better before the remodel.

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  23. MazamaGrammy says: 335 comments

    A genuine gem!

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  24. GoddessOdd says: 409 comments

    I would buy this giant house just for the beautiful floor. Yeah, there are some odd bits, the tub in the center of the bathroom just looks odd to me, like it’s on it’s way to a permanent location, and just stopped to rest a bit. Also, the steps into that same bathroom would no doubt put an end to me some dark night, but all in all, she’s lovely and seems to have been beautifully cared for, for the most part. Is the blue ceiling pressed tin? It kind of looks like embossed tiles, but I have never seen one that color before!

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  25. John Shiflet says: 5748 comments

    I had corresponded with a previous owner of this house (“Raymanretro”) over a period of time and was always impressed by his dedication to getting things to look correct for the period. He became over time a big fan of George F. Barber’s architectural legacy and liked living in a Barber designed house. I hope there was not a situation that forced the sale of this wonderful home because it was in the “labor of love” category. I really covet those beautifully finished original inlaid patterned floors. They quite likely looked like this originally as Victorians preferred glossy finishes on millwork and floors. This is a very nice house for the price and I hope its next owner(s) care as much for it as the previous ones did.

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    • lara janelara jane says: 465 comments
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      I don’t know who purchased it a few years ago but I remember Donnie posted on the blog the reasons for downsizing. I don’t feel comfortable sharing but someone posted the link above for anyone who wants to read the history.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I don’t recall the reason the previous owners (of the blog) sold. One of the current owners died though so that’s why it’s on the market now.

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  26. Tony says: 73 comments

    Endless possibilities!

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  27. Scott Cunningham says: 395 comments

    This is a gem. Its tastefully done, and those floors are something else. Yeah, too much flowery wallpaper for my taste, and too much carpet for a house like this, but otherwise, its really nice. The price is very competitive as well. Try buying a new house this size and style, with that kind of yard for double this. you can’t.

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  28. Anthony Doyle says: 2 comments

    The original 1846 house was picked up and moved then set sideways on the lot. After that was done the George Barber house was added to it facing the street. So what they did was build a house on to an existing house, they did not remodel it after a George Barber house.

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  29. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $129,000!

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    • Kimberly Faulkner says: 1 comments

      I wonder why the price is so low ?

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    • Linda Akers says: 2 comments

      I have been looking at this house for months. It feels like home. I have an appointment on Saturday to view it, and hopefully make an offer. Any words of advice? First (and last) home I will purchase as a single women. It will be my dream house. I am relocating from Illinois, where I have lived my whole life (68 years). My emotions are all over the board. It will be an adventure, and I will be sure to check in with oldhousedreams, before making any changes. Except for removing the ceiling fans. I like them in some homes, but not mine.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I can’t offer advise but I bet a few OHD’ers here might. Good luck and keep us updated!

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      • Lyle H says: 1 comments

        What did you think? My husband and I were fascinated by the house and family history when we went to the auction for the furnishings. We wondered about the utility bills for the future owners. We love old houses and wonder what your opinion was after viewing.

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  30. DeborahD says: 1 comments

    Love the home. I think I could make alot of money. Pecans and fruit, possible rooming house etc.

    Would love to see if it could be the one.

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  31. Scott CunninghamScott Cunningham says: 395 comments
    1856 Tudor (fmr Victorian)
    Leavenworth , KS

    Wow!!! This is incredible value for the money!! Thanks for posting this. Now all I need to do is figure out how to get a job in TN…..

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  32. CLMCLM says: 113 comments
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    1940 Cottage
    Bradford, TN

    Just an update from the person whose blog you guys might have been following. The blog just went poof! The pics the agent posted were part ours (the ones with furniture in them) and part the owners we sold it to. Her husband died one night and her family lives out west and wanted her to come home so she put it on the market. Her husband had done a lot of work to the place, but it wasn’t to my liking at all. Some of it needed done, like enclosing that upstairs porch thing, and putting real doors on the downstairs back porch. (Anyone who followed the blog knew how nuts those sideways doors mad me.) Anyway, she got it sold and at the time, I worked at the local hardware store and met the guy who bought it next. He kept asking me to come over and tell him about the place, but I couldn’t make myself after the drama the widow went through. I just couldn’t face the place, but my boss flipped out one day and asked me if I had been by there. I told her no, so she put me in her car and made me go look at what color they were painting the outside. They’re doing it in a couple shades of purple and she was horrified. I actually like purple and had played with the idea myself and so much nonsense has been done to some of the rooms, I didn’t really care if they kept in period. After all, it wasn’t my house anymore. Well, while we were basically parked in the street ogling the place, they were painting the front. We were so busted. So, when I got off work, I dragged myself over there to see what they had done and answer questions. Each person(s) that has owned that house has had a very distinct taste and they are no exceptions this time but the workmanship he and his wife both do is phenomenal! I think they might even get it finished and I think they’re planning to stay. There’s so much I could say about these folks. They just blow me out of the water.

    In reference to JimH’s comment about the history. The lineage of the Elder family as it pertains to this property is as follows: William M. Elder 1773-1851 married Mary Towler 1780-1865. One of their sons was Henry (Harry) Lucas Elder 1821-1878 married Harriett Newell Houston 1825-1876 whose son was Horace McClung Elder 1847-1910 who married Sarah (Sallie) Howard Chrisp 1853-1915 whose son was Henry (Harry) Houston Elder 1875-1962 married to Martha (Mattie) Evelyn Wright 1883-1975. They only had one child, a daughter, Evelyn Howard Elder Sawyers 1910-1995. She had 3 kids, one of whom was Harry Houston Sawyers 1949-Present, and he has a son Henry Houston Sawyers II. Somewhere around 1980, the people that we bought the house from, bought it from Evelyn. So, Henry “Harry” Lucus built the 1847 part, Horace added the front after turning the 1847 original house sideways and removing the central hall, and “Harry” Houston lived there after that. There was an uncle John W. Elder 1853-1928 who lived in the house next door that burned to the ground.

    Not only did we live in a small town that tells everything they know (and sometimes don’t know) The local historian (who if he’s still around is probably 100 or more) told us all kinds of things and one of Evelyn’s son’s sent emails back and forth with me and the son of the house next door (which is now a funeral home) came to visit us one day and told us about growing up and playing with the kids next door. Evelyn’s kids no doubt. I thought it was all pretty interesting which is one of the reasons I love old houses!

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Once they have the exterior painted, I’d love to see a photo! I love the idea of painting a home in different shades of purple (I’m not a purist, paint is just paint.)

      Thanks for the update. I’m sad your blog is gone, even though you no longer owned the home it was fun reading.

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      • Hi! I live right down the street from this house and they have been working on painting it for a few months! It’s absolutely gorgeous! The different shades of purple compliment each other so well and they look spectacular on the house! It should be finished soon!

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  33. Hello all! My husband and I are the proud owners of Pecan Place. We have been here for 4 years, and have steadily been working to restore this grand lady to the glory she deserves. It is definitely a labor of love. My husband says we are finishing this year, so fingers crossed, lol. Since moving in we have had lots of life changes, we had 5 kids when we bought the home. Number 6 came about 2 years ago, so that definitely slowed the process down. But we have light at the end of the tunnel. We have several ongoing projects that we will be wrapping up soon. I have a Facebook page I started called the Historic Pecan Place of Trenton. I haven’t posted much recently, as my husband wants me to show before and after once a particular project is complete. So soon there will be an influx of before and afters. I think there should be some photos of the new exterior palette on the Facebook page. Thanks for all the kind words about our house.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Way belated congrats!! Love, love, love that color you’ve chosen to paint the exterior!!! Can’t wait to see a full shot of it completed!

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  34. KfideiKfidei says: 409 comments

    Congrats Sweetpea!
    You should know that many many people are lusting after those floors! I hope you have many wonderful years in this lovely house…she deserves all the love. I don’t know if the bathtub is still on that tiled platform, but if so, watch your toes! Every time I look at that pic I wonder how long it would take me to do myself an injury there 🙂

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