Monday, October 02, 2006



The home was bought in 1980 by Dr. A.L. Shrader and restored with original colors and cedar shingles. When we bought it it had an asphalt shingle roof and vynil siding. Were hoping to rermove the siding and repaint closer to the original colors. Right after I moved in and just before my wife moved we had a bad storm and a large willow oak from across the street fell onto our fence taking out a large section, Oh yes, It was kinda spooky in here by yourself in the dark in a storm. They say Mr. Henery has been seen on his porch!


Heres a view of the rear section. It has lovley arched top windows that all work. Kitchen and dining rooms downstairs and bedrooms, one being used as an office upstairs and we also think the rear stairs were original to this part of the house. A closet added in a bedroom has what we believe to be the original front door on it. We will probably move it to the main entrance in the kitchen as that`s where most guest`s come in. this part of the house has really grown on us. It`s very quiet and comftroble sized rooms. It`s told that Henery Elder had watched a civil war battle from an upstairs porch. I wish I had a metal detector! Just think of the souviners buried around here!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006



Hi, This is our victorian home in Trenton, Tennessee. We bought it in April 2006 and were married here on May 6th during the town's annual "Teapot Festival." We feel that this Stick/Eastlake style victorian is a design of George F. Barber. The "Elders" were the original family and owned it over 100 years starting with Henry Lucas Elder, who built the original home in 1846 and later passing it down to Horace McClung Elder who added the front part in 1893. The Elders started the banking buisness in Trenton, and John Wesley Elder was the president, and Horace worked as cashier. The home has a lot ot history about it. It once had over 100 acres of land and pecan orchards around it. The pecan trees, of which a few still remain, came from Texas. It has also seen battles fought nearby and the family reportedly sat on the upstairs porch and watched as Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men stood against the Union armies. Trenton is the county seat of Gibson county in Northwest Tn. It is home to a very nice historic district and an amazing collection of nitelight teapots donated by the Freed family. The late Peter Jennings was married to a decendant of the Freed family and was the Grand Marshall in one of the teapot parades a few years back.