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Sunburst House-Anderson, South Carolina

The C. F. Bolt House, commonly known as the “Sunburst House,” was built in 1889.

Caldwell-Johnson-Morris Cottage-Anderson, South Carolina

This Greek Revival cottage is located just off of downtown Anderson. It is a rare example of a raised cottage. They are scarce in upstate South Carolina. Raised cottages are a Southern take on Greek Revival architecture. Sometimes known as mosquito cottages, these homes were built off the ground to help keep homes cool. It was also believed that getting the houses off the ground would help keep mosquitos out of the house. I haven’t read anywhere if that is true, but the form was fairly popular, so I am guessing there is some truth to that.

The Caldwell-Johnson-Morris house was built in 1851 for Nancy Caldwell. She then sold the home to Dr. William Johnson, Baptist minister and founder of Johnson Female College, a women’s college. The college is now Anderson University, a school that is still affiliated with the Baptist church.

The home was then sold to Margaret Morris in 1858. The Morris family occupied the home for more than 70 years. According to the 1860 Slave Census, Margaret Morris enslaved two women aged 50 and 17.

Eventually, the home became the Morris Street Tea Room in 1980. According to news articles, you could get a seven-course meal for $23.95. On Sundays an unlimited buffet was offered for $7.70.

Below are advertisements I found in the Anderson Independent Mail of the Morris Street Tea Room. The space was under three different owners/managers.

November 19, 1989 advertisement in the Anderson Independent Mail
May 10, 1981 advertisement in the Anderson Independent Mail
January 23, 1985 recipe in the Anderson Independent Mail

Satterfield House-Hartwell, Georgia

The Satterfield House was built in 1914 for Emory Edward and Gertrude Holland Satterfield. James J. Baldwin from Anderson, South Carolina, designed the Neoclassical Revival home. The home was private until new owners established it as the Hartwell Inn in 1980. It seems the home has reverted back to private ownership.

Notice the haint blue ceiling, which is a common color seen on the porches throughout the South.

Walker-Moore House Lost to Fire-Sparta, Georgia

When you think of the historic homes of Sparta, Georgia, you likely don’t think of Spanish Colonial Revival. Sparta had at least one, and it was lost to fire in recent months. It was a contributing property to the Sparta Historic District.

Tax records indicate it was built in 1905, but the GNARGHIS survey states it was built in 1920. John D. Walker initially built the home and later sold it to the G. B. Moore family.

I will update the post with the cause of the fire once I know.

This is not my image. I pulled it from Wikipedia, but I wanted to show you what it looked like before the fire.
This photo is from the GNARGHIS survey.