Old house downtown
Anon

Campobello, SC

#41 Jul 22, 2013
Are you from Greeneville and recently moved there?
Username

New York, NY

#42 Jul 22, 2013
I bet they are fixing it up to make a place for college kids to stay while in school.
another old house loss

United States

#43 Sep 1, 2013
sad wrote:
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I had walked the grounds a few times when it was for sale. Those trees and especially the ancient boxwoods gave the place a truly historical feel and just enough privacy so as not to feel like you have an audience everytime you step outside. For me, and many others I've talked to, the clearing of the grounds took away all the mystery and "old mansion" feel. That said, kudos to the new owners for saving the grand old home. Maybe some new boxwoods can be planted and a nice big fountain placed out in front. Done right, this old home could be fantastic.
Yes, the loss of the beauty of the grounds and the loss of the original windows of the Sevier house is sad; a far, far cry from sensitive preservation. One block north on Main, on the other side of the street, another historical landmark has been recently wrecked. Antrim, the old Alexander family dogtrot and cabin which Mr Doughty moved to and reconstructed/restored on his property in the mid 60s has been dismantled/destroyed. A few logs are stacked near the street, the stone chimney has been knocked down. Here's how Antrim was described in an old G'ville Sun:(yet no news of its destruction has been published in the Sun)

' "Greeneville: One Hundred Year Portrait (1775-1875)," written by Doughty and published in 1975, remains the definitive history of the early city and its environs.

In 1965, Doughty obtained a log house, a gift to him from Mrs. Roy D. Park. He named the house "Antrim," after the county in Northern Ireland from which some of his pioneer ancestors had come, and reassembled it on the side rear lawn of his family home, "Harmony House," on North Main Street.

Today, both structures are landmarks in the historic district of Greeneville.'

So much for Tennessee's heritage and preservation. References to Antrim will need to be removed from Historic Greeneville publications and websites.
Antrim lives

Greeneville, TN

#44 Sep 1, 2013
another old house loss wrote:
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Yes, the loss of the beauty of the grounds and the loss of the original windows of the Sevier house is sad; a far, far cry from sensitive preservation. One block north on Main, on the other side of the street, another historical landmark has been recently wrecked. Antrim, the old Alexander family dogtrot and cabin which Mr Doughty moved to and reconstructed/restored on his property in the mid 60s has been dismantled/destroyed. A few logs are stacked near the street, the stone chimney has been knocked down. Here's how Antrim was described in an old G'ville Sun:(yet no news of its destruction has been published in the Sun)
' "Greeneville: One Hundred Year Portrait (1775-1875)," written by Doughty and published in 1975, remains the definitive history of the early city and its environs.
In 1965, Doughty obtained a log house, a gift to him from Mrs. Roy D. Park. He named the house "Antrim," after the county in Northern Ireland from which some of his pioneer ancestors had come, and reassembled it on the side rear lawn of his family home, "Harmony House," on North Main Street.
Today, both structures are landmarks in the historic district of Greeneville.'
So much for Tennessee's heritage and preservation. References to Antrim will need to be removed from Historic Greeneville publications and websites.
I was told by a member of the Doughty family that Antrim was bought by a former Greeneville woman, who will go unnamed, and her husband. They have recently moved to Greeneville, and are living in her parents' home. She was a former student of Mr. Doughty's in the 1960's. The cabin was in a state of disrepair. It is being dismantled to fix foundation and settling problems, and will be restored and put back together on a new foundation. All of the parts are being numbered in order to put it back like it was. There will be a more modern addition added to the rear, if my info is correct.
houses of history

Henderson, NC

#45 Sep 2, 2013
Antrim lives wrote:
<quoted text>I was told by a member of the Doughty family that Antrim was bought by a former Greeneville woman, who will go unnamed, and her husband. They have recently moved to Greeneville, and are living in her parents' home. She was a former student of Mr. Doughty's in the 1960's. The cabin was in a state of disrepair. It is being dismantled to fix foundation and settling problems, and will be restored and put back together on a new foundation. All of the parts are being numbered in order to put it back like it was. There will be a more modern addition added to the rear, if my info is correct.
It would be interesting to know the Historic Zoning Commission's views of the dismantling and new construction.

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Since: Jan 11

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#46 Sep 2, 2013
I'm not familiar with Greene History but I almost cried when I saw the old house torn down right there at WSCC... made me very sad. Hope someone salvaged inside it, but it didn't look like it. I LOVE LOVE old houses, but they are a money pit. Our house in the state we lived before here was a little over a hundred years old.. we were ALWAYS working on it and putting money into it. lol I learned my lesson and would never do that again. lol There is nothing more lovely than an old restored home...
just me

Johnson City, TN

#47 Sep 2, 2013
I can't believe that with all that is going on in the world today, people are talking about who can walk up stairs and who can't! Who cares, it's not our money or our knees!!!! Get a life people! The house will look better as we drive by...Don't worry about the back yard!
houses of history

Henderson, NC

#48 Sep 2, 2013
another old house loss wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, the loss of the beauty of the grounds and the loss of the original windows of the Sevier house is sad; a far, far cry from sensitive preservation. One block north on Main, on the other side of the street, another historical landmark has been recently wrecked. Antrim, the old Alexander family dogtrot and cabin which Mr Doughty moved to and reconstructed/restored on his property in the mid 60s has been dismantled/destroyed. A few logs are stacked near the street, the stone chimney has been knocked down. Here's how Antrim was described in an old G'ville Sun:(yet no news of its destruction has been published in the Sun)
' "Greeneville: One Hundred Year Portrait (1775-1875)," written by Doughty and published in 1975, remains the definitive history of the early city and its environs.
In 1965, Doughty obtained a log house, a gift to him from Mrs. Roy D. Park. He named the house "Antrim," after the county in Northern Ireland from which some of his pioneer ancestors had come, and reassembled it on the side rear lawn of his family home, "Harmony House," on North Main Street.
Today, both structures are landmarks in the historic district of Greeneville.'
So much for Tennessee's heritage and preservation. References to Antrim will need to be removed from Historic Greeneville publications and websites.
There's a mistaken name in the Sun story you quote. Mrs Robert D Park (not Roy) gave the early Greene Co. cabin to Mr Doughty. She was known as Wid Park and was active in preservation efforts in the 70s and 80s, doing much work on the Doak house. Mr Doughty reassembled the cabin and dogtrot with great care, fidelity and expense. One wonders if wise repairs might have saved it where it was, without the trouble and cost of moving and creating a hybrid modern addition. The George Jones house Friend of Dog mentions is another loss. The steel and concrete structure of the new WSCC building is not on the Jones property. Is the site of the lovely old demolished house about to become a nice new parking lot? If so, it will not look better as we drive by.
Dixie Diamond

United States

#49 Sep 2, 2013
houses of history wrote:
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There's a mistaken name in the Sun story you quote. Mrs Robert D Park (not Roy) gave the early Greene Co. cabin to Mr Doughty. She was known as Wid Park and was active in preservation efforts in the 70s and 80s, doing much work on the Doak house. Mr Doughty reassembled the cabin and dogtrot with great care, fidelity and expense. One wonders if wise repairs might have saved it where it was, without the trouble and cost of moving and creating a hybrid modern addition. The George Jones house Friend of Dog mentions is another loss. The steel and concrete structure of the new WSCC building is not on the Jones property. Is the site of the lovely old demolished house about to become a nice new parking lot? If so, it will not look better as we drive by.
The plans which I saw were also published in the newspaper more than once & included a nice looking building on that location. It is a shame it could not be relocated but nobody came forward with interest so away it went. The Underground Railroad link would have probably saved it but was never proven.
Lol

United States

#50 Sep 5, 2013
janet

United States

#51 Sep 5, 2013
Lol wrote:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z Tcu7MCtuTs
WORD!
whats the reason for u posting this song
Harmony House

Mooresville, NC

#52 Sep 5, 2013
Enough about Antrim!! WHAT ABOUT ME?! Has anyone noticed how bad I look lately. Maybe light will shine upon me next....:)
appropriate

Devault, PA

#53 Nov 4, 2013
Harmony House wrote:
Enough about Antrim!! WHAT ABOUT ME?! Has anyone noticed how bad I look lately. Maybe light will shine upon me next....:)
A Perpetual Certificate of Appropriateness should be available for all houses on Main Street, no matter what forms of destruction are visited upon them. It's only appropriate that destroying a 1793 kitchen cabin (Antrim) is progressing nicely, that George Jones is an appropriate wasteland, that Valentine Sevier loves appropriate vinyl. What next? College Street, near Town Hall, think Victorian, will probably be appropriately rehabilitated to suit the needs of the class of '65. Team spirit. The gentle love taps of historical zoning. Christian harmony reigns in our sweet little town.

Since: Nov 13

Hickory, NC

#54 Nov 4, 2013
appropriate wrote:
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A Perpetual Certificate of Appropriateness should be available for all houses on Main Street, no matter what forms of destruction are visited upon them. It's only appropriate that destroying a 1793 kitchen cabin (Antrim) is progressing nicely, that George Jones is an appropriate wasteland, that Valentine Sevier loves appropriate vinyl. What next? College Street, near Town Hall, think Victorian, will probably be appropriately rehabilitated to suit the needs of the class of '65. Team spirit. The gentle love taps of historical zoning. Christian harmony reigns in our sweet little town.
Confucius say WTF?!?! Lol
Been There

Elizabethton, TN

#55 Nov 5, 2013
When I read the Greeneville Sun yesterday, I realized that America has Michelle and Greeneville has Andy. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Cat Turd

Marion, NC

#56 Nov 5, 2013
David R. Britton house tore down to make a playground.
Mr Doughty

Schaumburg, IL

#57 Nov 5, 2013
Been There wrote:
When I read the Greeneville Sun yesterday, I realized that America has Michelle and Greeneville has Andy. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Yes, destruction is always interesting, but it has already played out, and the spin will be that the damage done is a credit to Greeneville and its heritage. My friends, family, and town have betrayed the Doughty name and history. I do not wish them well. Furniture and Undertakers; the undertakers have triumphed, haven't they, despite the destruction of the Britton house (the old funeral home) that Cat t. mentions. Ah, the dollar bills of undertaking and banking, the lovely, lovely dollar bills. Whatever brings money to Main Street, that's the spirit Billy Boy. Enjoy the last glimpse of the blue mountains that you can, the beautiful glimpse at Main and Spencer before Walters State and their PR peons and architect and various hired hands obscure it forever. It's no wonder I escaped to Italy as often as I could. Heathen town this, this mean (minded) little mountain town. Do please place a well aimed cannonball (Cumberland Presbyterian) up the collective ass of the all approving historic zoning crew, both voting and non voting flunkies. You'll do that for me, won't you?
Monsieur de Talleyrand

Greeneville, TN

#58 Nov 5, 2013
Mr Doughty wrote:
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Yes, destruction is always interesting, but it has already played out, and the spin will be that the damage done is a credit to Greeneville and its heritage. My friends, family, and town have betrayed the Doughty name and history. I do not wish them well. Furniture and Undertakers; the undertakers have triumphed, haven't they, despite the destruction of the Britton house (the old funeral home) that Cat t. mentions. Ah, the dollar bills of undertaking and banking, the lovely, lovely dollar bills. Whatever brings money to Main Street, that's the spirit Billy Boy. Enjoy the last glimpse of the blue mountains that you can, the beautiful glimpse at Main and Spencer before Walters State and their PR peons and architect and various hired hands obscure it forever. It's no wonder I escaped to Italy as often as I could. Heathen town this, this mean (minded) little mountain town. Do please place a well aimed cannonball (Cumberland Presbyterian) up the collective ass of the all approving historic zoning crew, both voting and non voting flunkies. You'll do that for me, won't you?
Spoken like a true gay History teacher.
kit

Schaumburg, IL

#59 Nov 6, 2013
Monsieur de Talleyrand wrote:
<quoted text>Spoken like a true gay History teacher.
Spoken like a true Doughty. Justifiably irate and entertaining.

Since: Nov 13

Charlotte, NC

#60 Nov 6, 2013
Cat Turd wrote:
David R. Britton house tore down to make a playground.
Confucius kindwee ask u, where dis place is?

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