sulphur springs house
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just a guy

United States

#1 Aug 5, 2008
My grandfather used to take there and get the water. He always kept some in his fridge, said it was healthy to drink.

“Is Clueless”

Since: Dec 07

Morristown, TN

#2 Aug 5, 2008
My Grandmother, Mary Johnson, used to take of the fellow who used to live in that house back in the early to mid 80's. His name was Calvin Hobson (I think...)

It was told to me that the house was used as a hospital in the Civil War. It's where I helped farm potatoes, tomatoes, okra and a ton of other vegetables. It was where I literally earned my first nickle - a 1936 Buffalo Nickel. I still have that thing. I'm proud of it. I dug it up while digging up potatoes. If anyone has a metal detector, that place would most likely yield a lot of finds.
questioner

Morristown, TN

#3 Aug 6, 2008
decompiler wrote:
My Grandmother, Mary Johnson, used to take of the fellow who used to live in that house back in the early to mid 80's. His name was Calvin Hobson (I think...)
It was told to me that the house was used as a hospital in the Civil War. It's where I helped farm potatoes, tomatoes, okra and a ton of other vegetables. It was where I literally earned my first nickle - a 1936 Buffalo Nickel. I still have that thing. I'm proud of it. I dug it up while digging up potatoes. If anyone has a metal detector, that place would most likely yield a lot of finds.
Calvin was my second cousin. I have spent many a night in that old house. I have some of the furniture out of it as well. My mother's mother and dad made them drink the water in the springtime because of the sulphur in it. Loved that old place. It's falling down now.
yaknow

Morristown, TN

#4 Aug 6, 2008
I posted the pic. I live near the house and pass it daily. It has so much character. I am glad that people are sharing their stories about it here.

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#5 Aug 6, 2008
I would like to see someone restore the old house. The spring has almost dried up and I have not smelled the sulpher in years.
Jeff McDaniel

Morristown, TN

#6 Aug 6, 2008
Been by there a few times....dont know the history but always thought it had one and looked really neat. Would love to hear more.
justme

Morristown, TN

#7 Aug 6, 2008
My Grandmother lives about 4 miles from the house. Back in the 50's, her and her children (one being my mom) would walk to that spring and haul water back home, because they didn't have their well dug yet. She said she would boil the water before they would drink it or cook with it. They took baths in it also.
questioner

Morristown, TN

#8 Aug 6, 2008
they used to have picnics there in the summer. People from town would drive out ad there were picnic tables and benches in the yard. Oe of my mother's stories of the house is when they (my mother's family) would visit from Fountain City that all the men folk would go into town for cigarettes.........would come back MUCH later with big grins and red noses ;) They (the men) would sit in the ope windows facing the inside of the house and the kids would run around the house slapping them on the rears.
From what I've been told lately, snakes love the house....there are copperheads all over the ridge behind the house.
memories.
Moviewatcher

Morristown, TN

#9 Aug 6, 2008
Who lived in the camper?

Since: May 08

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#10 Aug 6, 2008
Thats my house. ;)
questioner

Morristown, TN

#11 Aug 7, 2008
the house was actually bought from my other cousin about 7-8 yrs. ago for the purpose of restoration. I think the fellow decided (or his wife did) that there was too much work to do.

camper is his.
Hobster

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Aug 7, 2008
This is an old Family home. The Riggs Family built this house in ca. 1825.

Since: Jul 08

Morristown, TN

#13 Aug 9, 2008
Does anyone have older pictures of this house? If so, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know if it was actually used as a hospital during the civil war. I passed by it yesterday on the way to visit my Grandmother. It looked like the spring had dried up.
new owner of the house

Louisville, TN

#14 Aug 18, 2008
If anyone has any information about the house please post it here. I plan restore it. I need all the information about it so I can.
questioner

Morristown, TN

#15 Aug 18, 2008
new owner of the house wrote:
If anyone has any information about the house please post it here. I plan restore it. I need all the information about it so I can.
what all do you want to know?
morristown

Calhoun, TN

#16 Aug 19, 2008
does anyone know any historic info about the house like if any Presidents or anyone like that stayed there.
new owner of the house

Calhoun, TN

#17 Aug 19, 2008
any historic info. just like what mottistown wrote.
bjt

Morristown, TN

#18 Aug 19, 2008
new owner of the house wrote:
any historic info. just like what mottistown wrote.
Try the archives at the court house. There is a short history of Sulfur Springs Campground and the old Riggs house. The house, if it is the same one served as a Civil War hospital and as the Riggs Hotel.

There is a picture of "the house?" and an early 1900's picture of Old Harp Singers at the Sulfur Springs Campground.
new owner of the house

Louisville, TN

#19 Aug 22, 2008
Thanks for the info. Any direction is greatly appreciated.
image

Morristown, TN

#20 Aug 22, 2008
To the new owner: just wondering if you could remove those white, plastic chairs that are proped up. I would like to get a picture of the house before you start the renovating process. Thanks in advance. Also, I saw where they are trying to sell the old Guy Collins store for 79,000. Isn't that alot for that place? The roof is falling in.

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