Here’s your chance to own and preserve one of the oldest houses in Fulton County. The Hembree family farmstead, dating from 1835, originally included this house and outbuildings on over 600 acres of farmland. Now sitting on the last remaining original acre, the house retains much of its historic charm inside and out. The farmstead includes the main house, a detached kitchen and two corn cribs. The main house has approximately 1,400 square feet (not including porches or attic space) and still contains many original features including original mantles, floors, doors, hardware, and construction framing. The house has a total of five rooms and one full bathroom. There are three fireplaces (non-functioning) in the main house and one fireplace (also non-functioning) in the detached kitchen. The exterior chimneys were removed when the buildings were relocated about 500 feet from Hembree Road.
The house requires extensive rehabilitation to allow for modern living, including all modern systems. Historic features, including exterior siding and windows will need repair, while other features such as the front porch and chimneys will need to be reconstructed. Recent city infrastructure upgrades include a gravel driveway and installation of water and sewer lines, but connections to the services will be the responsibility of the buyer.
According to the Roswell Historical Society, in the early 1830s, Amariah Hembree brought his extended family to Roswell from South Carolina to farm the former Cherokee Lands. His son James, a carpenter, built the house. James’ brother Elihu and his descendants lived on the land for eight generations. The Hembrees grew cotton for the old Roswell Manufacturing Company, corn, sorghum and raised livestock. The Lebanon Baptist Church was organized on this site in 1836. Elihu Hembree’s grave is on the property. In 2007, the family gifted one acre of the original homestead and four structures to the Roswell Historical Society.
Located in Fulton County, Roswell is about 20 miles north of Atlanta. It has a population of approximately 95,000. Founded in 1839 by Roswell King, the city evolved from being part of the Cherokee Nation, to a textile mill town and has become one Atlanta’s most popular suburbs. Teeming with outstanding examples of Greek Revival and late Georgian architecture, the city showcases its historic built environment within the Roswell Historic District. Bulloch, Barrington and Mimosa Hall are just a few examples of the architectural gems that reinforce the city’s historic roots. Downtown Roswell’s Canton Street, designated as a Georgia “Great Street”, is a charming place to savor the city’s culinary scene while enjoying vibrant art galleries and shops.
The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. The Revolving Fund program was established to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. All properties sold through this program have conservation easements in place to ensure the historic integrity of the property is retained. Additionally, buyers are required to sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and all work done to the property must abide by The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Copies of these documents will be provided by The Georgia Trust for review.
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