1830 Federal – Chuckey, TN

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1900 Chuckey Pike, Chuckey, TN 37641

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  • $145,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4560 Sq Ft
  • 2 Ac.
An amazing restoration opportunity. The home place of the historic Elmwood Farm; a TN Pioneer Farm designee - meaning it has been an operating farm continuously in the same family for over 200 years. The oldest in Greene County. A stately structure on the banks of the Nolichuckey River near the historic Earnest Fort. Surrounded by several hundred acres of farmland with beautiful mountain driver views. Constructed with handmade bricks on site. Large rooms, high ceilings; a blank canvas to begin the renovations. Land is being surveyed to determine the lot size, but will be 2-3 acres. More acreage is available for purchase. Detached garage/workshop building and ice house.
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Mark Williams, Century 21 Legacy
(423) 639-6781
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20 Comments on 1830 Federal – Chuckey, TN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Teri R for sharing!

  2. CharlestonJohn says: 1090 comments

    Several sources date the oldest part of the Henry and Peter Earnest House to 1800 or earlier. The NRHP listing for the Earnest Farms Historic District date the Federal Style additions to 1820. I imagine the front porch is 100 years newer. Regardless, there’s a lot of interesting history here for under $200k.



    From the NRHP…
    HENRY AND PETER EARNEST HOUSE (circa 1800,1820,1850,1920)
    The centerpiece of the Henry and Peter Earnest farm complex is the Henry and Peter Earnest House (circa 1800, 1820), a brick two story, l-house, with Federal style influence, that incorporates as an ell a circa 1800 brick, two-story dwelling. The dwelling rests on a brick foundation. Henry Earnest built the original house, at least circa 1800, into the side of a slight hill; currently latticework provides a screen for the brick foundation and the supporting walls of this elevation. His son Peter Earnest built the Federal l-house facade circa 1820, thus incorporating the 1800 house as a rear wing. Resting on a brick foundation, the house is side-gabled with a medium-pitch roof containing a small eave overhang and metal gutters. A pressed metal roof covers both the l-house and the rear ell…

    • Teri R says: 276 comments

      Thank you Charlestonjohn for sharing this link and history! I love seeing the old picture at the link. Interesting that the second story had another arched door leading out to the porch. I wonder if there were railings…

      • Teri says: 129 comments

        I’m realizing I shouldn’t be posting as just “Teri” lol. Who do I think I am assuming that I’m the only Teri hanging around here? 🙂 I’ll add an initial in future posts.

        Great house, thanks for sharing. I’m confused by the listing though. They tout the heritage farm designation but then talk about only selling a few acres with the house. Wouldn’t that negate the farm and strip the heritage designation? Does the house have to stay with the working farm to keep that?

        • Wilhelmina Williams says: 1 comments

          No. The property remains on the National Register. The listing consists of properties owned by several people. No Descendants came forward to purchase the house, so the owners sold the house and a small acreage going down to the Nolichuckey River. The new owners stated they are taking on a lifetime project to restore it. These articles do not discuss that the oldest part is behind the Federal Style Front. It is built in the German style as Henry was from Switzerland where this style building was common.
          Wilhelmina Williams, President
          Earnest Family Fort House, Inc. a 501(c) (3) non- profit organization.
          1600 Chuckey Pike
          Chuckey, TN
          The Fort House is across the river from the house that was for sale

  3. montana channing says: 227 comments

    some realtors descriptions make the place sound like a lost cause and then the pictures are fine. this looks like a real bargain and the fact its been owned by the same folks for all that time makes it even better. it’s a really nice house and not too hard to restore.

  4. Diane says: 580 comments

    It makes me a bit sad that a TN Pioneer Home will leave the family that developed this homestead. I understand when there are no decedents or ones that no longer live close or don’t want to farm but still kind of sad. Beautiful land and could again be a vibrant home or farm should you want more acreage.

  5. Joseph Griffin says: 36 comments

    The 5th photo melts my heart — this is a real country house. My advice to the buyer is to pick up some extra land.

  6. Colleen J says: 1042 comments

    Please someone love her again, this is history!!!

  7. Jonathan N says: 2 comments

    I live right down the road from this house! This area along the river is full of grand houses. There are 4 Earnest houses in the area. This one has some masonry problems from what I have heard. Nearby is a very grand federal brick that HABS documented back in the 50’s and is in need of major restoration. Great house and a great area!

  8. KarenA. says: 103 comments

    In Pic#11 is that water damage? does the river flood that high?

  9. Lori says: 106 comments

    What an amazing place and falt history! I hope someone saves this piece of early TN history!

  10. AJD33 says: 2 comments

    I want this house and the land. I am in love???

  11. Ozark Dave says: 54 comments

    There’s a great cross section of architects, craftspeople, and restoration specialist represented on this site! Based on the available pictures, would anyone like to give an opinion of the masonry condition of this house. If anyone has actually seen the house, that would be helpful too. I think the price is great and the property is just grand! Especially with the river frontage (side-age 🙂 ). But I think there’s a possible big hidden cost with foundation stabilization. Thank you for your responses!

  12. Ozark Dave says: 54 comments

    Pending status.

  13. Maverick’s Mommy says: 2 comments

    Hi all! My husband and I are contacting the realtor, hopefully tomorrow, in regards to possibly purchasing this home. We are in love with it and the area. We walked the house and the property this past Sunday. Most of the issues with the brickwork appears to be with the mortar, not actually the brick. This house has so much history that can be traced back to family coming over from Sweden (I believe). We’re so excited and praying for a positive outcome. I’ll try to keep you updated.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Maverick’s Mommy, did you get to check out the home?

      • Maverick’s Mommy says: 2 comments

        Yes we did! It needs a lot of work! Some of the bricks are actually crumbling and the mortar between them has a sand like appearance. We’re still thinking about it and praying about it, but I’m conservatively guessing $200k in repairs just to make it liveable.


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