c. 1860 Italianate – Sardis, MS – $338,000

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 3/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 3/12/18 - 35 Comments
603 S Pocahontas St, Sardis, MS 38666

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A rare opportunity to own a piece of Mississippi history! Built in 1860 by Andrew Johnson this home has been owned by the same family. It features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and lots of extras. The house and acreage is lovely and has room to bring your horses.It is listed on the National Registry of Homes. If there is a smidgen of nostalgia in one it will come out in the viewing of this property.
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Teresa Wallace , Century 21      (662) 562-5502
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35 Comments on c. 1860 Italianate – Sardis, MS – $338,000

  1. Wonderfully untouched.

    The exterior is like Walt Disney idealized Victoriana, while the interior is a little bit Norman Bates…

    • Hoyt, I was JUST thinking that the chair lift reminded me of some horror movie I’ve seen and couldn’t put my finger on it, so your comment made me laugh.

      The front door is stunning, and the rest of the house isn’t too far behind it.

      All that land! And I believe I spy some sort of old looking out building when “driving” down the street view.

      Gorgeous, gorgeous. Love the little fence outside it on the street view, as well. As evocative as the Alabama home was, this one is twice as much. If I was a tad bit richer and didn’t mind moving five hours away…..

      • I’d bet that chair lift horror movie you’re thinking of is Gremlins, from the 80’s cause that’s the first thing that came to my mind. Though this wonderful house is all too terrific with no horror in sight!

    • It’s called “Italianate” style. There are some exquisite pieces of furniture shown in this listing. GREAT home!!!

  2. Love that staircase! Stunning!! Looks like an early stair lift system on it too. I’m having a hard time finding any trace of 1860 though…

  3. I love this house. The staircase alone is enough to make me want to buy it. I already have an historic home in Natchez MS so this is less of a stretch than it should be.

  4. Oh I love the interior. The kitchen isn’t too,too modern for the house, the rooms are big and airy and I love the gorgeous banister on that wonderful staircase.

  5. Well Jeez. NICE! This is JUST how I like em: not a lick or a stick from any home centers to be seen. No vessel sinks; or faux Tuscan fixtures; or inappropriate, unduly expensive cabinetry; or pompous appliances, or the like to mar the pristine ambiance. Sigh —-. Someone with a mind to do right by this house has before them the PERFECT, period canvas, unblemished by ill-considered or needful alterations. SO much potential! That kitchen – those windows – THAT LIGHT: so fabulous.

    Big, meaty, untouched Italianates are my FAVE Victorians, and this one fills the bill generously. It reminds me very much of my still to this day favorite house ever, which blessedly survived the purge, (if perhaps not the fire last summer, entirely intact): https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2012/11/02/c-1850-italianate-manchester-oh/

    Here’s another fabulous cousin some may remember: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/12/20/c-1881-italianate-tarboro-nc/

    • I love this home. The bright rooms really thru me off! The stairway and kitchen are bomb and interesting dining room chairs. I really wouldn’t change anything in this one at all.

  6. Nice! I love Italianates. The tall windows and ceiling height are incredible. That staircase is fabulous. It has wonderful mantles and doors. This house just has a lot going for it. I love its curb appeal too. And it has acreage. What’s not to love?

  7. Gor-geous! The exterior trim, the front door, the interior trim, stairs, spindles, fireplaces mantels, just wow!

  8. Head over heels, just take my money! I would never have to move because there is even a vintage stair chair thinga majiggy. Chair lift? AND room for horses! 😍 If only it were in Minnesota

    • W O W! ! ! THAT has to be the prettiest Gothic Victorian EVER! It’s such a great house I can almost see past the _______ _______, utterly predictable, home center, interior palate. Fingers crossed it gets it’s own page!

    • There was another home in Holly Springs, maybe a year ago, on this site that blew my socks off. I looked, it didn’t survive The Purge. Here’s more info on this one that Tony posted:

      Bonner Home (aka Bonner-Belk), built 1858 by Dr. Charles Bonner, whose oldest daughter, Sherwood (1849-1883) was born here. She was a writer of Southern dialect stories. General Ord occupied the home during the Civil War. Source of picture: “PUBLICATIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Vol. VII” , Franklin L. Riley, Editor. Published for the society in Oxford, MS, 1903. Courtesy of Cheryl Berthelsen. Salem Ave, Holly Springs. (photo) And the cool historic photo is here: http://msgw.org/plantations/marshall/images/bonner.jpg

    • A truly magnificent house – Cedarhurst. This home is of National Importance, a rare high style Gothic Revival style building where the Gothic styling is not simply a few pieces of Gothic trim.

      TRAGICALLY, some past owner tore the masonry to shreds. The old mortar has been ground out using mechanical grinders, and talentlessly repointed, possibly with deadly-to-old-bricks portland cement. Since the bricks were so badly mishandled before repointing, it is probable that they did use modern cement. The only plus here is that there is no freeze-thaw cycle to finish the destruction when the soft, antique bricks expand and contract against the much, much harder portland cement.

      As preservationists we must, absolutely must, do a better job of education. As an example, most of the brick buildings in Larimer Square in Denver have been sandblasted and badly repointed. That was decades ago.

      Have we learned? No. There are still companies grinding and blasting today, advising building owners that this is appropriate care for masonry. The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine, a nationally important museum with an extremely talented and knowledgeable staff, still gave permission to a masonry ‘restoration’ company to grind and repoint their historic brick museum building. The brickwork has been permanently disfigured, and structurally damaged.

      The handsome historic bank building across the street promptly did the same to their bricks. The only saving grace for the bank is that it is a much more recent building, with harder bricks fired at a much higher temperature.

      Education is the only solution.

      • Gregory K. Hubbard, so is the Cedarhurst house ruined by this tremendous masonry error?
        Mississippi Girl

  9. I used to just love the Queen Anne’s and Craftsman’s of the OHD variety, but Italianate style houses are quickly becoming preferable! I love how big the rooms are and the great light that comes in those huge windows. I am not a fan of washing windows, but this house would make me think about it!

  10. This home would benefit from owners who really like a Victorian esthetic and can decorate and furnish it accordingly. A time machine cranked back to before 1900 would be very useful.

  11. Beautiful! The size of the rooms, the width of the doors, the banister & even the width of the stair case, that it can easily accommodate the lift chair & still have a lot of room for the able bodied…. Beautiful!
    But the carpeting would have to go.


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