More Historic Homes of Powder Springs, GA

These are a few more of the historical homes of Powder Springs. They may be located in town on Marietta Street and Atlanta Street. Some are located in the area immediately outside of the city limits. Several of the homes date back to the early/mid 1800’s.

More information about these homes and the other Historical Homes of Powder Springs, can be found in the publications located at the museum. “Images of America Powder Springs” and “Seven Springs Sampler”.

Some of these houses are gone. Only time will tell how long the others will last until they are gone, too.

When you visit the museum be sure to notice the many paintings on display of some of the homes and the historical Pavilion in Powder Springs Park by local artist Gladys O’Neil Hendricks Hardy (1911-1999).

4355 Marietta St

The Bodiford House is one of Powder Springs most elaborate examples of Victorian Architecture Queen Anne design home. It features two cross
gables, corner tower and a decorative wrap around porch.

The original structure was a two story, four room bungalow with hand-hewn beams dating back to the 1800’s. The fireplace and chimney
in the first room on the left is original to the house. Some of the original beams and foundation may be seen under the house in the basement. Upstairs, the floors in the front room on the right are original boards.

The Marchman family owned the two-story bungalow.

John L. Butner, an extensive landowner and dry goods merchant in Powder Springs, purchased the property and added the existing
structure around 1910.

The Leavell family purchased the house around 1950. They rented out the upstairs rooms on occasion for several years.

Robert G. Bodiford purchased the house in 1954. Here, he and his wife Jane raised their two sons. He remarried sometime after Jane’s death and lived here with his second wife, DeLane, until his death in 2012.

In 2014, the City of Powder Springs purchased the house from the Bodiford Estate, renovated and converted it to house the Seven Springs
Museum. The Museum opened in October of 2015.

4279 Marietta Street

The Camp House was a wedding present from Mrs. W. Y. Stovall to her son Charlie Camp and his wife Emma, about 1905-1910. It is a smaller Victorian House, that includes decorative spindle work within the gable roof, lace-like porch supports and balustrade and a corner tower on the porch.

The servants lived directly behind the house at 4280 Atlanta Street.

Charlie Camp was a local merchant. Mrs. Stovall was one of the pioneer citizens of Powder Springs and, at one time, owned and operated the Stovall Hotel in town (currently the Magnolia House) in the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Emma Camp, Charlie’s wife, lived in the house until her death on January 13, 1964, long after the death of her young children and husband.

Emma was outraged when engineers from the State Department of Roads were going house to house to explain the plans to widen Marietta Street, which meant it was necessary to cut the row of oaks on either side of their street. She met them with her shotgun and told them she did not want her oaks cut. She was so forceful that they did not cut her oak trees down. Emma then stood guard on her porch, with her shotgun across her lap, all through the road project.

The first road in Powder Sprigs was paved in 1928, connecting Powder Springs to Austell (Highway 278). Several sidewalks were also paved. The widening of the road was in 1930.

The house was purchased by Frank Boyd and is still owned by his family. It has housed boarders/renters and businesses through the years.

4371 Marietta Street

The Camp-Lawler House is an outstanding example of the plantation plane architectural style. It was built in the early 1900’s for Tom and Bright Camp on a site somewhat north of where it is now. In 1930, it was rolled to its present position to accommodate the widening of
the road. Later residents were Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Lawler and Harold Norris, the brother of Mrs. Lawler. Records show that Mr. Lawler purchased the house about 1940.

The towns charter of 1859 specified that the city limits extend in a one half mile radius from a spot that the Lawlers and Norris pinpoint as lying in the center of their entrance hall. At the time the residence of Dr. Aristides Reynolds was located here. Other structures on the site included “Dr. Aristides’ Rental House”, and in the 1860’s, the Stovall Hotel, one of several hotels that flourished when the community was a bustling mineral springs resort.

Land records show that in 1910, Mrs. Stovall sold the land to her son, Tom Camp and his wife, Bright. The hotel was torn down to build the present house. Tom Camp installed their own power-generated gas and light system in the house.

One of the original Seven Springs runs through the back of the property behind the house.

The house is now The Magnolia House, a special events facility and has undergone extensive expansion and renovation.

4405 Marietta Street

The Florence House sits on the site of the J.C. Butner House.

W.D Florence and his wife, Ida Butner Florence, built the Queen Anne Victorian House around 1915. It has an irregular shaped hip-gabled roof, decorative masonry chimney, classic column supports, cantilevered wall extensions and a second story porch.

The house has been used as a funeral home since 1953, when the business moved from next door. It was opened as Lindley’s Funeral Home and operated by Tom Lindley.

In 1940 an actual funeral home building was opened. It was located in the Lindley Calloway House (now a day care center) which is next door to the present location. From the 1850’s to 1940, the funeral business was operated as a side line out of the back of several of the owners business’.

In 1937 Tom Lindley’s grandson, Frank Pickens “Pick” Lindley took over the business, still operating as Lindley’s Funeral Home. Later owners were Gene Davis (White Columns), Marion H. Turk (Turk’s Memory Chapel) and Dennis Bellamy (Bellamy’s Funeral Home).

Tom Lindley’ son Frank Pickens Lindley, Sr, was a doctor and practiced medicine in Powder Springs for 40 years.

The funeral home is currently the Greene Pastures Funeral Home, Deacon Dwayne Greene, owner.

Atlanta St houses: Spratlin house, Penn house, Dr. Griffith house

King William and Beulah Spratln built their house on Atlanta Street in the Early 1900’s. Here they raised their two sons, Ralph and Clyde. Mr. Spartlin owned a grocery store downtown. An undated advertisement from Spratlin’s store offers 15 pounds of sugar for $1.

Benjamin Lafatyette Hilley, a restaurant proprietor, owned the house on Atlanta St – a hall-and-folk house. He described his restaurant as the ‘headquarters for cold drinks and hot lunches”. In the 1930’s he was the only house on he block to have telephone service. The house has an enclosed porch across the front of the house.

Luke Penn house on Atlanta st. Current house built on the site of Rev. Alec Penn’s house. Built early 1900’s. Luke Penn married Chasity Young Penn in 1913, and they had 14 children. Their daughter currently lives in the house. Luke was the janitor at PS School for 40 years and grandson on Alec Penn, a prominent religious leader in Cobb and Douglas Counties. Chasity was the daughter of Sandy Young, a popular barber who practiced downtown in the Lewis Building. She a servant for Emma Camp for 27 years, began working for Mrs. Camp when she was 9 yrs old.

Dr. J A Griffith house corner of Dillard and Atlanta St., local physician. PS Hospital, was a humble facility on Atlanta St built next door in the late 1940’early 1950’s. Dr. Griffith Was the hospital physician. The hospital Building now houses a preschool operated by the First Methodist Church. Dr Griffith’s son lived in the house until his death several years ago. It was purchased and remolded afterwards.

Historic Homes of Powder Springs, GA

There are many historical homes in Powder Springs.  Most of these homes are on the main street (Marietta Street) in downtown. Others are one street over (or back) on Atlanta Street.  Some are farmhouse homes that are located in the area immediately outside of the city limits. Several of the homes date back to the early/mid 1800’s. These mentioned here represent only a few of those homes. More information about these homes and the other Historical Homes of Powder Springs, can be found in the publications located at the museum.  “Images of America Powder Springs” and “Seven Springs Sampler”. Some of these houses are gone. Only time will tell how long the others last until they are gone, too.

Included in the “Sampler” are three homes on Powder Springs Road that are situated just outside of the Powder Springs postal delivery district. They were chosen for their historical significance. All three are on the National Historic Register. The Cheney-Newcomer House, the Kolb Farm House and the McAdoo House.

One display at the museum are paintings of some of the homes by local artist Gladys O’Neil Hendricks Hardy (1911-1999). Also, there are sketch drawings of the Cheney-Newcomer House, the Kolb Farm House and the McAdoo House by Susan Smith.

Additional information on the Historic Homes comes from histories, oral and written, by Sara Frances Miller, Roberta Murray and Virginia Tapp on file at the Museum.

4494 Marietta Street

The Leake-Lovinggood House is an example of a two-story gable front and wing folk house.  It was built in 1913 by C.T. Leake, a local cotton buyer, and sits on the site of an earlier house built by James W. “Yankee” Smith, postmaster at Powder Springs in the 1890’s. The house has been in the midst of much of the town’s history since it’s been standing for over 100 years.

Mr. Smith’s house had a steep roof and was said to be so steep that it could split a raindrop.  The house stood vacant a long time and was said to be haunted.  All the children would run by the house as fast as they could since it was said to be haunted.

After Mr. Leake bought the property, he tore down the old house and built the present house. Not long after moving into the new house, they heard noises at night and the boys thought the home was haunted. It was soon discovered that the otherworldly sounds came from under the house where dogs were walking over lumber that had been stored there by Mr. Leake. He had saved the best pieces of timber from the old house to use in his new house. Some say that it is still haunted today in other ways. Mr. Leake kept milk in one of Powder Springs’ seven springs at the end of his yard, now across the street from the house. (Intersection of Marietta Street or Highway 278 and Brownsville Road).

Boyd Vaughn, the druggist, lived in the house after buying it from Mr. Leake in 1918. They apparently had other boarders/renters in the house. M. Lovinggood, father of Virgil, bought the house from Mr. Vaughn in 1927. Virgil Lovinggood had moved, with his wife and young daughter Pauline, here in 1918 from Cherokee County when he bought 60 acres of good farmland on the outskirts of Powder Springs in 1918. With his farming prospering, Mr. Lovinggood was presented with the opportunity to purchase a store in Powder Springs.  At first, he was reluctant, but then bought the store with the help of his father James Mattison Lovinggood and his brother Albert. This store was a grocery store, and carried much of the produce items of the area, cotton seed and other dry goods. Here Mr. Lovinggood was able to stock the store with produce and livestock that he raised on his farm. He operated his store for almost 50 years.

In 1927 J.M. Lovinggood, with the help of his two sons, Virgil and Albert, bought the house from Boyd Vaughn. All three families then moved into the house. Albert died in 1926 and their father in 1942. At the death of his father, Virgil took over the store business and owner of the house. Mr. Lovinggood lived here until his death in 1985.  Both his sons, Virgil (V.A). Jr. and Lowell were born in the house. V.A. in 1929 and Lowell in 1935. His son Lowell being the present owner. The house has seen many renters through the years and is currently inhabited by the Lovinggood family. Some of their descendants still call Powder Springs home. The house is generally referred to as the Lovinggood House because of the long history of the family living there and being a vital part of Powder Springs and its history for so many years. The other owners were also a vital part of the settling and forming of Powder Springs as a town and community in the early years. Some of their decedents still call Powder Springs home. The Lovinggood House has seen much activity and history through the years and continues to be a monument to an era of times gone by. Additional information can be found in a paper prepared by Laurie Puckett for her history class (710) at Kennesaw State College, summer 1995.

“In and around the Lovinggood House – A History of Powder Springs Since the 1880”. A copy of Laurie Puckett’s paper is housed at the Seven Springs Museum. Some of her family were boarders in the house and are also related to the Lovinggoods.

GLADSTON FARMS (McEachern Farms)
3940 Macland Road

Gladston Farms (or McEachern Farms) was the home of John Newton McEachern, Jr.  The 1,000 acre farm was homesteaded by his grandfather, David Newton McEachern in 1831. His father, John Newton McEachern, Sr. was born there in 1853, co-founded the Life of Georgia Insurance Company. In 1908 on 240 acres of land donated by John N. McEachern, the Seventh District A & M School was established. In 1933 Macland consolidated schools. John McEachern High School was then established and opened on the campus left vacant by the closing of the A & M School. The McEachern family still contributed generously toward the education of the young people. In 1934 the name of the school was changed to John N. McEachern Schools with grades one through eleven (twelve). The McEachern’s Established an endowment fund for the school which is an on going contribution to the school today.

In the 1940’s, McEachern restored the home to its original beauty and stocked it with hogs, sheep and a stable of Tennessee Walking horses and continued to operate it as a working farm. Mayes Ward Dobbins, Powder Springs Chapel now sits on the site. They had hoped to restore the house as part of the funeral home, but were unable to save it.

4130 Hiram Lithia Springs Road

The Morris-Garrard House is a one story farmhouse with beautiful gingerbread trim on the front porch. It is one of two houses built by the Morris brothers who moved to Cobb County in the 1880’s. Each had forty acres. They built two houses and set aside two acres of land for a family cemetery. The other house was across the road from this one and was a two story plantation planes house. The Morris Cemetery is still a private cemetery and is located just down the road from the house. The cemetery is still open for family burials. The Vansant, Geiger, Butner and Florence families were some of the tenants of the house and farm. The property is usually only known as the Garrard House (Farm) and is still in the Garrard family.

Atlanta Street

The Murray House on Atlanta Street was built as a duplex for Dr. Robert Root Murray’s daughters, Mina and Roberta. Dr. Murray came to Powder Springs from his home in Watkinsville to practice medicine about 1860. He also served as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army. He was one of the several doctors who practiced medicine in Powder Springs for many years. Roberta Murray, his daughter, is known as the towns first historian. Ms. Murray also opened her personal library to the young people of the town long before there was a library in Powder Springs. Roberta lived here until her death in 1974.

Marietta Street

The Lackey, Florence, Tapp House was built before 1877 by Dr. W.T. Lackey. It has been in the Tapp family since 1918 until about 2019. The house is referred to as the Tapp House because since the Tapps Have owned and lived there the longest, for over 70 years. Doctor Lackey sold it to W.Y. Stovall in January 1877. In January 1884, Mr. Stovall sold it to B. S. Florence who deeded it to Mrs. Lizzie Florence in September 1887. She willed the place to H. Emma Florence about 1907. Hannah Emma Florence Davis sold the house and lot in December 1918 to W.J. Tapp. Mr. Tapp also bought an adjoining lot from W.L. Florence. At W. J. Tapp ‘s death in 1923, the house and property then passed to his son W.R. Tapp, Sr. than to W.R. Tapp, Jr. The Tapp house was the childhood home of Virginia Tapp (1911-1992), a teacher and compiler of local history. She worked with Sarah Frances Miller to record the history of Powder Springs.  Miss Virginia also researched, recorded and published the History of the First Baptist Church of Powder Springs. Her brother, W. R. “Bill” Tapp (Jr)  was an architect who designed the new First Baptist Church’s building in 1964, which has been expanded on many times over the years. The small building at the back of the property was originally built for Mr. Tapp’s office and studio. One of the original Seven Springs is located at the back of house.

An Old Home Place with Memories

An Old Home Place with Memories

by Sara Francis Miller
Powder Springs Messenger, April 1995

Near the right-of-way for the turnoff on Powder Springs Marietta Road to Cater Road sits a small yellow weather boarded house. It sits on a hill with a holly tree on the left. This is an old log farm house with two bedrooms and a kitchen. Another room was added on the house after the Civil War.

Here Jonathan Lindley grew wheat, cotton, corn and vegetables for his wife, Asenath and their five children. Nearby neighbors: the Selmans, Hunters and Pettys were friends. Jonathan Lindley like many others went to fight in the Civil War. Unfortunately he list his life in the battle. So his brave wife was left to raise the family. She had determination to make a go of it-even walked to Marietta with two other women to get a peck of meal.

During the war the Yankee soldiers shot in to the front wall of the cabin. The shrapnel splintered the log. A splinter closed the eye of the baby Asenath (Thomas Newell Lindley) was rocking. That very log is now in the museum in the park.

The house has had many owners: Tom Lindley, Fannie Turner, T.H. Scruggs, Mr. Glen Thrasher, Mr. I.L. Bowling and Nash Hovers who worked at Coats and Clark Thread Mill. The last tenants were a granddaughter of Nash Hovers; Angela and her husband Steve Tessereau. They have built a new house on Carter Road. Each family member has the vivid memories of living through wars and depressions and making ends meet regardless of good and poor crop years, stubborn mules, sickness and death.

Moving this historic house will help to make an easier turn for the motorist who may not be aware of the little log house with a shed room added to the back of the house. Hold on to the memories of happy carefree barefoot summers and wading in nearby Noses Creek and finding Indian arrowheads and spent Federal Army bullets.