The historic pre-war Adams mansion in Aberdeen, Mi …
The Historic French Adams Mansion – a magnificent 7,000 square foot pre-war home in Aberdeen, Mississippi, listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is for sale for $ 750,000.
The period furniture of the mansion can also be purchased at an additional cost. The well-maintained building and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The mansion has been the site of numerous million dollar auctions. I have good memories. – Dwight StevensABERDEEN, MS, USA, October 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com / – The Historic French Adams Mansion – a magnificent 7,000 square foot pre-war home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located on four bucolic acres atop Aberdeen’s highest point is for sale for $ 750,000 (or best deal). The buyer would also have the option of purchasing the top quality home furnishings of the time.
The seller is the sole occupant of the mansion – Dwight Stevens, the owner of Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen. After acquiring the house in 2002, and until 2006, when a rooftop fire forced a two-year renovation, Mr. Stevens regularly conducted his auctions there. “I have good memories.”
The mansion was built from 1856 by Colonel John Cox, a wealthy plantation owner who was also in the lumber business. Many plantation owners at the time built opulent homes like Adams French for their wives. In Colonel Cox’s case, he built the house for his only daughter, Mary Jane. It took less than two years to complete, thanks to Mr. Cox’s sawmill, which supplied the lumber.
In 1857, Mary Jane married Robert Adams, a local banker, and the two moved into the Greek Revival house after it was completed. It was considered an architectural marvel for the time, with a prime location just three blocks from Aberdeen’s Main Street. The four hectares of land were beautifully landscaped then, as they are today, with formal gardens, fountains and statues.
The purchase price includes an old church, first built in 1905 about four miles away by freed slaves who called it the James Creek Baptist Missionary Church. When Mr Stevens learned that a group was looking to demolish the church, in 2005, he offered to move the structure to his mansion’s grounds instead. The move was documented in an episode of the Home & Garden channel.
The mansion has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, an updated modern kitchen, and a formal living room that opens to a formal dining room. The basement has been converted into a full gym, while the third floor has a home theater, giant closets, a guest bedroom and a bathroom. An elevator connects the basement to the second floor, a feature the Cox could not imagine in the 1850s.
In 1872 Robert Adams died and Mary Jane eventually remarried a local doctor whose last name was French (hence the French manor name Adams). Dr French died in 1887 and Mary Jane lived the rest of her life in the two-widowed mansion. She never had children. When he died in 1898, the house returned to the nieces and nephews who rented it.
Sadly, what was once a large structure, the pride of the city, has fallen into a period of decay and neglect. The Masons bought it in 1933, using it sparingly, as they already owned an old opera house in town and held their meetings there. But when it burned down, they turned to Adams’ French mansion and used it as a Mason meeting room, from 1941 to 2002.
In 2002, the masons decided to sell the building and approached Mr. Stevens to handle the auction of it. He accepted, and it changed his life. “I personally guaranteed a sale price of a hundred thousand dollars,” he recalls, “but when no one offered that, I said, ‘Well, it looks like I just bought myself one. manor ”. From 2002 to 2006, he organized auctions there, but lived elsewhere.
When the June 2006 fire caused damage to the house, Mr. Stevens had to make a choice: roll up his sleeves and renovate and restore it, or let it go for demolition. said, “It was actually a pretty easy decision, since I was already involved in the restoration of several other historic buildings in Aberdeen. It was just another big project.
In 2008, Mr. Stevens moved into the mansion, this time as the sole resident (his auction business was, and still is, thriving at 609 North Meridian Street). New appointments included a Cornelius Gasolier (cost: $ 40,000), expensive drapes, $ 25,000 plantation shutters, a Prudent Mallard bed, Mitchell & Rammelsberg suites, and an Empire dining table of 15. ½ feet long.
The house has the original mantel, heavy moldings and a spiral staircase that goes from the 1st to the 2nd floor and then again from the 2nd to the 3rd floor. All the rooms are tastefully furnished with period accessories. The windows have heavy custom curtains and all bedrooms have period 19th century chandeliers and gasoliers (which would be included in the purchase price).
Over the past ten years, many modern updates have been made to the mansion including electrical, plumbing, storm windows, insulation, three central heating units and air and hot water on request on the third floor. The house is comfortable twelve months a year, with very reasonable utility bills. “Maintenance is nothing more than any house its size,” Stevens noted.
Interestingly, the French mansion of Adams only exists today because during the Civil War Union General William T. Sherman turned away from his scorched earth march through the Mississippi, leaving Aberdeen and several other towns in Mississippi untouched. It was a stroke of fate, as beautiful pre-war structures like Adams French are a big part of American history.
Anyone interested in buying Adams’s French mansion can call Dick Leike of Crye-Leike Realtors, at (901) 486-2070. “I have invested over a million dollars in Adams French and its grounds,” Stevens said. “I hope to find a buyer who will take over the mansion and church and live there or share with the community by opening it up to pilgrimages and community events.
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