1898 – Mount Pleasant, TN

Added to OHD on 8/31/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   4 Comments
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516 N Main St, Mount Pleasant, TN 38474

  • $145,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2544 Sq Ft
  • 0.78 Ac.
Alot of character in this wonderful historical home built 1898. The Petty House has never been on the market. Upstairs has a kitchen & bath that could be an apt. w/a separate entrance. Guest house on property needs work before moving in. Large rocking chair front porch.
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Teresa Benderman, United Country-Columbia Realty,
(931) 388-3600

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4 Comments on 1898 – Mount Pleasant, TN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m having trouble reading this home, could this be older than 1898?

    Thanks Cora for sharing it with us!

    • CharlesB says: 481 comments

      That main entry with the side- and top-lights, the transitional Greek Revival-Italianate wood mantels, and the four-panel interior doors tell me that there’s an 1850s-period house lurking under later modifications.

  2. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Charles appears to be correct. However, the “Colonial” style staircase balustrade looks to be from the late 1890’s. Similar balustrade designs were also popular in the early antebellum era but this one looks to be a later mass-produced “revival” version. At least two of the mantels do appear to be considerably older, as Charles noted. Of course, four panel doors were available from the antebellum era until 1920 but rimlocks (attached to the outside of the door rather than morticed into the door frame) were associated with an earlier era. (but they too were available right up until the early 1900’s) One bathroom has a morticed lock so most likely, an older house was updated and/or expanded in the 1890’s. I’m not quite sure how to reconcile the listing’s 1898 date with the outside plaque dated “1896” with the Petty House identification. Probably of little consequence as the age of the structures is probably not very important to most potential buyers. Deed research and county records might provide a more accurate dating for the property.

  3. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    I was going back and forth on the date. Those two mantles are interesting and would seem to point to a mid-19th century date, but they could have be salvage pieces brought in at any time.

    This is what the NRHP Registration Form has to say about it:
    516 North Main Street. Petty House, ca. 1900. Folk Victorian. Two
    story frame, weatherboard, irregular plan, concrete block foundation,
    bellcast cross-gable roof with tin shingles, one story porch supported
    by molded concrete blocks, sidelights and transom at entry, mixed
    fenestration. Built about 1900 for Ed Petty, jeweler. (C)
    Garage. ca. 1910. One story frame, weatherboard, frontgable
    roof. (C)
    Tenant House, ca. 1910. One story frame, weatherboard,
    side-gable asphalt roof, 4/4 windows, central chimney. (C)


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