Sherman Slept Here

Welcome to the 79th Metamorphosis Monday!

I had soooo much fun reading all of your thoughts about the home I was able to tour on the spring ramble with The Georgia Trust in Rome, Georgia. As I mentioned in the post yesterday, I really don’t know the exact time frame during which the home was decorated…I would have guessed during the late 80’s-early 90’s. Some of you picked the same time frame and some of you picked a much earlier time. And, a few folks suggested the home may have evolved, as most of our homes do…with rooms, being decorated at different times over the years. I suspect this could be the case because you all had good solid reasons for your time choices/answers. Another BIG reason I think you are right is because, last night, I found pics of the kitchen…and it appears to have had a more recent renovation.

So how did I see photos of the kitchen? Wellll, I just love playing detective.  So, last night I went online and googled, “Realtors in Rome, Georgia”, and the second one I located, Hardy Realty, showed a listing for the home.

Now here’s the best part! I have a fabulous surprise for you! I now have a pic of the exterior to share with you AND I have some pics of the interior, fully furnished! Yipee! I knew from the quality of the fabrics, light fixtures and wallpapers, it was going to be beautiful…it did not disappoint!

Ok, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer…but before I show you the pics, let me share one little bit of information I found online about the home. The home I toured and showed you pictures of yesterday was built in 1910. But, once upon a time, there was another home on this lot. It turns out, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman stayed in the original house built here when he passed through Rome on his “march to the sea.” Once he left the area, the original home was burned.

I read, there’s a famous photograph titled, “Sherman and His Officers.,” That photograph was taken under one of the large oak trees in the yard. For that reason, the tree is known as, the “Sherman Oak”. The present house, the one built-in 1910 and that I had the pleasure of touring, was designed after the Gordon-Lee Mansion in Chickamauga, Georgia, some fifty miles north of Rome and near the site of the battle of Chickamauga.

Ok, let’s get to it.  Here’s the home I toured…isn’t it wonderful?! I couldn’t remember much about the exterior, only remembered it had HUGE columns.

Now, let’s go inside. I’ve added the pics I showed you in yesterday’s post, in-between the pics I found online of the real estate listing. Hope you enjoy seeing it with furniture as much as I did. This is sort of a reverse metamorphosis. I showed you how it looked at the present, in yesterday’s post…empty of furniture since it is for sale. And, in this post, I’m showing you how it looked when the family lived there and it was fully furnished.

From the real estate listing: Here’s the parlor/living room. I didn’t get a picture of this room the day I toured the home, but isn’t it wonderful?

Remember this pic? I showed it and the following two photos to you in yesterday’s post.

Here’s how the room looked when the family still lived in the home. It looks so different furnished and with beautiful mirrors and paintings on the wall, doesn’t it. Love this room!

I didn’t take any pics of the kitchen when I toured the house, but here’s how it looks. It appears to have been renovated in recent years…note the granite counters, can lights, and the two different finishes on the cabinetry.

Another view of the kitchen…

Remember this pic I shared in yesterday’s post? I really wondered what this room might have been. Perhaps a library/study for the man of the house?

Here’s the close-up of the wallpaper that I shared yesterday. Ok, keeping this in mind…

Here’s a pic taken from the real estate listing…I guess this would have been the breakfast room. Look through the doorway.  I think that is the room I showed you above…doesn’t that paper look like the same paper. And check out the huge fish on the wall. Someone in this family was definitely into fishing.

Now the “fishing lures” wallpaper I found upstairs in this room, makes more sense.

Here’s another pic I took while touring the home in April…

I’ve been trying to figure out if this is the same room as above. This photo below is from the real estate listing. The fireplaces look the same, but the area on the right of the fireplace looks different in my photo than it does in the real estate listing.

Maybe someone closed off the opening a long time ago, and then later it was reopened. Or this could be another one of the bedrooms in the home and perhaps they just have similar fireplaces…what do you think? Notice in the pic in the real estate listing, there is no wallpaper, so perhaps it is an entirely different room or the photo was taken prior to it being wallpapered.

Remember this room I showed yesterday? Mainly, I just captured the chandelier in the pics I took in April.

Here’s the pic from the online listing…so now we know how the room looked when the family lived there. And, now we can see the chandelier in relation to the rest of the room. Same beautiful draperies!

I took this pic of the entry staircase while on the tour…I shared it in yesterday’s post. Notice the damask paper.

Also, I shared this gorgeous chandelier…but I couldn’t remember which room I saw it in. Well, now I know.  This is the huge chandelier that hangs in the entry. Want to see it and the rest of the entry?

Here it is! I have to share an interesting story. The tour guide who was standing in the entry told us this was the second chandelier for this spot. He said, years ago, one of the children in the family had a friend over to play…and the friend hung from the original chandelier and spun around and around and around.

Days later, after the friend had long since gone home, the original chandelier just fell to the floor, shattering in a gazillion pieces. So, this chandelier, per the tour guide, is the second one to hang here. A good warning for us all…he said one should never spin a chandelier around and around to clean it. Apparently they can become unscrewed and fall. I remember having read something about that somewhere else, too. I wonder what the original fixture looked like, don’t you?

Finally, remember the photo I showed you of the sunroom as it was the day I toured the home in April?

Here’s a photo of the sunroom from the real estate listing…

A view of the backyard from the real estate listing…

Would you like more information about this wonderful, historic home? You’ll find the MLS listing at Hardy Realty.


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  1. mustard seeds says

    What a difference furniture makes.

  2. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    What a gorgeous home. The pillars in the front are amazing. I am not really a fan of wallpaper but it looks fabulous in this home. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks. For hosting. Stephanielynn

  3. Green Gracie Home says

    Can you just imagine that home with parties or holidays…such Southern charm! Thanks for sharing it with us and hosting MM. Bev

  4. Melissa Miller says

    Susan the home is gorgeous and full of charm. I love the large columns and the neat history. I would have guessed early 80's and would have been close but wrong.

    Thank you for hosting another Met Monday for us. We all appreciate it very much.

    Blessings, ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  5. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    What a grand home!!! It might just be the heat, but the pool looks especially nice to me! Thanks for hosing this fun party.

  6. Red Door Home says

    Your chandelier story really hit home for me. My mother's chandelier fell after the cleaning people had visited. Luckily for her the wires were strong enough to supposr the light otherwise it would have smashed the dining room table!

  7. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Susan, how fun to see it furnished. Such a lovely home and I really enjoyed all the pictures. Hugs, Marty

  8. I just love houses, and historic homes are even better! Oh, the possibilities. Beautiful structure.

  9. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! What a beautiful old home! Loved the story about the chandelier! I think that kid lives next door! lol Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  10. Oh my gosh! Hanging from a chandelier and spinning.. HOW in the world did they get up there anyway??? Ladder??
    Must have been boys for sure! lol!
    Beautiful old home. Thanks for another Met Monday. It's always fun to see all the transformations, big and small…
    and to join in, too!

  11. Jan LaFollette says

    What a beautiful historic home! It's hard to imagine how many beautiful old homes were lost during the Civil War. Thanks for the tour and thank you for hosting Metamorphasis Monday.

  12. Thanks for hosting every week and thanks for the home tour. I love the pillars.

  13. inner_child says

    Love the Thibaut wallpaper and the front elevation of the home!
    And, woops, for Met Monday, that is totally Paula @ Mise en scène NOT Paula @ 14 followers, lol!

  14. It is beautiful home! Thank you!

  15. What a beautiful home. Enjoyed your commentary.

    Enjoyed seeing it with furniture. The chandeliers are so pretty. Good warning about cleaning. I hold my breath every time I dust mine. It is hard not to twist it a little.

  16. .the furniture makes a difference in viewing the house. i have lived in this city and have missed touring this house. that's stupid.

  17. Blue Creek Home says

    This stately house is certainly a true Southern Belle!

    Even though a few of the looks are a little tired, for the most part everything is still beautiful and 'forever'.


  18. the cape on the corner says

    there was some really great wallpaper in there. i just went to see my friend's new home, and poor her, that wallpaper was not as nice!

  19. Realtors are notoriously bad photographers πŸ™‚ so I am sure the home was even more beautiful! Love this! Thanks for the research!

  20. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for the tour of that beautiful home! I am just wondering what kind of upkeep there is living in a home like that. I love to see them but I'm not so sure I would want the work that goes with it. Well, if I had maids and butlers then it would be good. lol.
    Thanks for sharing,

  21. Patty's Stitches says

    Wow! What a trip down memory lane for me. We lived in Rome, GA for five years. We have been back in Tennessee for 22 years now. We didn't live in the historic district but Rome is a fabulous city. Some of the best friends of my life live there. I'm yearning for a visit to Rome now. Thanks for such a beautiful post!

  22. Wow, what a gorgeous historic home. And it contained such elegant furnishings…you can tell that everthing they owned was high quality. Thanks for posting the before pictures…it was fun taking the tour. :0)

  23. 9405018--Pat says

    Susan, this was wonderful tour beautiful home thanks for sharing…Pat H

  24. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    However it looks, I would love that house just for the exterior views and those fabulous large windows!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  25. This is a very beautiful home, Susan. It would be so much fun decorating it…Christine


    Hi. I, like you, just love this home!!! It is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing it!
    ~ Julie

  27. Anita@GoingALittleCoastal says

    What a beautiful pool area! And I love the grand staircase.

  28. Tardevil says

    Love the sunroom, parlor & staircase, not to mention outside view. Reminds me of Kevin's house in Home Alone (the decor resembles it too!). It has so much potential! Wouldn't it be fun to redecorate it? And of course, I wanted a closer look at her dishes in the cupboard. LOL! πŸ™‚ Thanks for giving us a tour.

  29. Fifi Flowers says

    LOVE home redo projects!!!

  30. I love the charm of this house. The chandeliers are beautiful. Thanks for hosting Metamorphosis Monday, it is so inspiring.

  31. I REALLY love the library style room. Beautiful light fixture and wallpaper…and I would just really love a library/study one day…

  32. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Your detective work made me smile… I've done that myself soooo many times! Great posts.

  33. Ridgely (a/k/a Grandma J) says

    From house to home with furniture! Especially like the rag doll on the settee in front of the bed — there's a story behind that rag doll!

  34. *Chic Provence* says

    What a gracious old home, thanks for sharing with us, I'd love to get in there and "freshen" things up a bit!! πŸ™‚


  35. Lori@ Paisley Passions says

    I L.O.V.E that kitchen!!! Thanks for hosting the party πŸ™‚

  36. Wow that was a beautiful "Metamorphosis"…
    thanks for that and for the party!

  37. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Such a beautiful "stately" home. If only those walls could talk, the stories they could share.. I love all the eye candy dripping from the ceilings, would love to have those beauties in my home. Thanks for the tour, I truly enjoyed it.. hugs ~lynne~

  38. Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio says

    What a great tour. I loved seeing it the way you presented it. Your pictures and then the pictures with family furnishings. A lot of gorgous chandeliers in that home and interesting history.

    Giveaway on my blog today.

  39. Popcorn Served Daily says

    Thanks for hosting! I'm so glad to be a part of your party.

    Happy Monday!


  40. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says

    This home is gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful tour and also for hosting Met Monday.


  41. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I went back and read your last post and this one. It really was interesting to see the difference. I think the chandeliers are beautiful…certainly not what would work in my house, but I love them just the same.

  42. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for hosting us! The house tour was interesting, any word on the age of the decor? I'm so curious!
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  43. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Heidi, I wish I knew. I'm guessing some of it's 70's and some late 80's-early 90's. The kitchen looks like a not-to-long-ago renovation. Maybe it's just evolved over the years, like so many of our homes seem to do. πŸ™‚

  44. Brambleberry Cottage says

    Great tour, Susan. Just one of the many reasons I love to follow your blog!

    Though you've received the honor before, I've chosen you to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to.

    You can see it here:

    Have a great week!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  45. Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue says

    That home is just beautiful. I would love to live in a place like that with so much history surrounding it.

  46. Susan, thanks for sharing all of these photos. It's fun to see this house furnished. It was quite something when lived in. I'm sure it will be a stunning residence for another family soon. Your post just might bring in a buyer. If so, I think you should share the comission!
    Looking forward to this weeks celebration for TT. I hope to participate. ~ Sarah

  47. Good golly Miss Molly! This is divine. Where in Rome GA is this location. My husband gr-pa came from there …

    Well, lucky you getting to see such a
    breathtakingly awesome home.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  48. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, As usual, I love your house tours. All that wallpaper makes me shudder…I think of the various houses we have lived in and spent days stripping paper in, all the time worrying that I will regret taking it down! The chandelier story is very funny. I hope no one was hurt. Do you think kids got "time out" back then for naughtiness? Thanks for the tour! Linda

  49. Nancy's Notes says

    oh my, what a gorgeous and lovely home! I love that formal dining room, it's just beautiful!


  50. Rettabug says

    "a reverse metamorphosis"…LOL I love it!! Such a grand home, Susan.
    You'd make a great detective, you know. πŸ™‚

    I'm glad you so nicely reminded participants to include a link back to MM/BNOTP. I refuse to comment or ever return to people who don't do this one tiny courtesy to you.

    Can't wait to celebrate your 100th TT…I've got mine up already. I was anxious, what can I say?

    Hugs & Congrats,

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