1828/c. 1850 Greek Revival – Bolivar, TN

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216 E Market St, Bolivar, TN 38008

  • $79,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4012 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Beautiful Historic Home located Downtown Bolivar! 5 Bedr / 2.5 Bath 4,012 Sq. Ft. of Living Area / Wood Floors 24x20 Utility Bldg / 5x24 Wood Deck / 8x16 Patio
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Larry Childers, Childers Real Estate,
(731) 658-6232

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24 Comments on 1828/c. 1850 Greek Revival – Bolivar, TN

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  1. Brenda Lowman says: 4 comments

    I love me a Greek! NO pictures of the stair way? 🙁

  2. Agusta says: 51 comments

    Oh please may we see photos of the kitchen?

  3. CharlestonJohn says: 1091 comments

    Now this is a very interesting place. It seems this was originally a log structure located on the public square and used as a courthouse. It was moved in 1827 and became the home of Levi Joy. Extant construction details point to the c.1850 remodel date in the NRHP mention:
    Joy-Baker House (East Market Street): ca. 1850, Greek Revival style, Ionic portico,
    paired cornice brackets, frame with weatherboard siding, entrance with side lights.

    There seems to be quite a bit of Civil War history as well. Aside from the usual stories claiming use as a battlefield hospital complete with half-scrubbed bloodstains on the floors, it seems Union General Lew Wallace may have set up temporary operations here. General and New Mexico Territorial Governor Wallace is most famous for having authored Ben Hur.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Awesome, thanks. I wonder when it was remodeled c. 1850 they just built around the log structure?

    • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
      OHD Supporter

      It does have an interesting history, probably with some later alterations as well. The columns and balcony may have been part of a Revival update in the early 1900’s.

      The man who did the major rebuild c.1850 was likely the Rufus P. Neely mentioned in the link. According to his bio, “He secured a good academic education, and in 1821 came to Hardeman County on a pony loaded with bacon.”

    • BNick72BNick72 says: 25 comments

      This house does not conceal a log cabin. Was built new in the 1850’s. A friend of mine has purchased this house and is doing a complete restoration (not a remodel). When examining the house, the architect with him says it was all built at one time. On one of the mantlepieces upstairs, there are 2 sections that pop out to reveal a small hiding space. It was probably used for papers, liqor, gold, etc. When they discovered it, it had a box of 25-30 skeleton keys.

  4. Another dream house. Just beautiful.

  5. AnnaP says: 41 comments

    This brings back some memories as I used to live in Bolivar. Just up the road, closer to the “square” used to be a restaurant called, Joe’s (next to the remaining building “Bank of Bolivar”) which was a typical “greasy spoon” but sooo good. One of those local places that the older men of the town seemed to plant themselves at all day long. Several years ago there was a fire and it unfortunately burned down. From the street view, it doesn’t appear that anything has been built back in its place.

    There are quite a few antebellum homes in the area with one of the most famous being the Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year but recently had a huge price drop to $79,900, moved to front page.

  7. dkzody says: 236 comments

    The price is quite surprising for what appears to be a nice house.

  8. BRIAN DUGAN says: 6 comments

    Is there someone behind the shower curtain?

  9. Kaaren says: 3 comments

    Would love to see more pictures

  10. Lori says: 108 comments

    A favorite classic design of mine. What a great price for someone who will give her a bit of a sprucing up!

  11. Colleen J says: 1061 comments

    What I see I like! Wish there were more pictures.

  12. Tracy Everhart says: 6 comments

    We currently live near this area of TN. This house is an absolute gem, particularly since many of the older homes in this part of the state have been lost to growth and expansion! However, the town of Bolivar is not a really desirable area. The homes surrounding this property are pretty rough and home values are extremely low (hence the large drop in price). I would love to buy this home and restore it but I just can’t convince my husband that the investment would be wise.

  13. KfideiKfidei says: 325 comments

    LOVE THIS. What a great house at a great price… I love the bedrooms, especially the one with the arch. Wait… hold on…I think I feel my Southern accent thickening as a look at this one!

  14. Tracy Everhart says: 6 comments

    Well, I convinced my husband to see this house today and we love it! Many of the original aspect of the home are still intact and nothing has been covered up or replaced with drywall. Six fireplaces that are all working. What an incredible property. We are seriously considering making an offer. Wish us luck!

  15. Deb says: 48 comments

    Just drove by it tonight on my way home from Nashville. If I had gone thru earlier I would have liked to have taken a look at it. It’s beautiful from the outside. Yet needs someone’s loving hands to make her shine again


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