Picturesque Tennessee Farmhouse Has Stood Here for 170 Years

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.

This Home is on Private Property that is monitored by cameras and police.


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22 thoughts on “Picturesque Tennessee Farmhouse Has Stood Here for 170 Years”

  1. I love all pictures of old homes! I love to imagine the families who lived there, raising their children and creating their own history. The home pictured is so impressive, even in its current state. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Shirley Riley Seltzer

      Ditto to what you said. I wonder who came through those doors. Who sat on those porches and who played in those in those yards. Who once roamed through those halls and shared their lives together. Makes me wish that I had known them.

      1. You did a great job talking about the history and don’t listen to everyone else. You can’t make everyone happy. There will always be that one person who will try and make a issue and turn it around.

  2. I’m so glad this one won’t be torn down. I can see how a total restoration all at once would be too expensive, especially with the insane price of materials right now. I hope they can at least get the roof replaced and get it painted to make it look better.

  3. Bonnie Chapman-Greeno

    It is simply a fact of history. There have been many enslaved people over the millennia, not just Africans. Many of the black slaves in America took great pride in their farming, building, woodworking, and artistic talents. Many of the historic homes still standing and lived in today are a result of their builders expertise. Slavery is wrong no matter who is enslaved but trying to erase the facts robs these long dead folks of the tributes due them.

  4. I love to see the old homes, barns and farms and read about their history and the families that lived in them! Thank you for sharing these and others!

  5. I enjoyed the story behind the house, how it began. Truly hope it can be saved. History should never be forgotten. If you forget you are doomed to repeat.

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