The two-story antebellum plantation house was built in 1846 and called Atkins Pike. The construction of the home was a four-over-four design. Each room was the same size, 18x20, and had a fireplace for heat. Each had two doors and four windows for light and ventilation. A central hall ran the length of the house on each floor with a porch and balcony on the front. In 1862 the Civil War came to Henry County using Atkins Pike as a temporary hospital for the injured soldiers. The home changed ownership over the years.
In 1987, the current owners acquired the home and began renovation and restoration of the 140-year-old structure. The entire old kitchen was torn out to the bare walls. It was returned to its original size. The shortened window was returned to its full length. The sealed-up fireplace was converted into a brick down vent grill. A pantry was added and cherry cabinets installed. New random-width oak flooring Installed, while other floors retained the original poplar boards. The older bathroom was totally remodeled adding a marble corner shower. In the winter of 1988-89, a large casual living area was added on the south side of the house. Great care was taken to blend the addition with the original structure. Other modern conveniences, such as a utility room, and double bathroom with whirlpool tub, and a windowed plant room were incorporated into the project. The old wooden porch was converted to a new brick and concrete porch. The old columns were replaced with new columns. Two small porches were constructed at the east and south entrances. A patio was poured and landscaping was done around the house.
At present time, the antebellum home sits on 8 manicured acres with massive magnolias, towering oaks, and mature pecan and walnuts trees enclosed with a four board white fence and a wrought iron gate. The home has over 5500 square feet of living space. The main level consists of an open foyer, formal living room, and entertainment room with snack bar area, powder room, formal dining room, renovated kitchen, and master bedroom with a full bath. The second level consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a sitting area with veranda that overlooks the glorious grounds. The home has fireplace mantels throughout. Outbuildings include a 3 car garage, storage building, carport, tractor shed, and a 24 x30 workshop.
1011 Locust St., Paris TN 38242