Judge C. K. Ellis Home | Grainger County Tennessee | c.1840s
This incredible farmhouse sits on a gentle slope in Appalachian Tennessee and is known as the Judge C. K. Ellis Home after one of its owners, a prominent local attorney, and banker who moved in during the early 1900s.
The original structure of the home was a log cabin, built in 1848 for the James Walker Family that originally had 4 rooms, two up and two down. The bricks used for the chimneys were made by enslaved persons right here on the property.
When Charles Ellis moved in around 1900, the home was and updated to add the lap board siding (purchased from Sears Roebuck), double porches, gingerbread trim, and a rear addition of a kitchen and bathroom.
The family that currently owns is hopeful about restoring it but found that a full restoration would be too much to take on, so they are currently doing small jobs when possible to keep the place from collapsing. Even in its current state, it’s one of the most impressive structures of the South I have had the pleasure of capturing.