Homestead Tour 3

Homestead Tour

The Schoolhouse

E. Sloan Heritage School

Roberts’ Chapel

Across the footbridge, you'll find Roberts’ Chapel, named for the two men who donated the logs (Butch Roberts) and the stained glass windows (John Roberts). Rest here for a bit, looking out at the scenic natural view. Before you leave check out the date carved into a log at the right of the large window - 1858, Nov. This building is believed to be the oldest on the Homestead. The beautiful stained glass is from the old Holy Angels convent in Jonesoro, built in 1898. It was torn down in the 20s and these windows were saved.

Originally a two room house, this building has an interesting story. A woman was living there by herself while her men-folk were away in the Civil War. Yankees came through and took her only means of transportation, a little mare. She vigorously protested such action, to no avail. But she won in the end - in the middle of the night awoken by a commotion, she went outside to find that her mare had escaped and come back home!

The Smokehouse and Picnic Area

The small smokehouse originated in Pocahontas and was once a one-room house! By the time we found it there were only enough logs to construct this size building.

The picnic area hosts food vendors during the festival and also many, many wedding receptions over the years.

Parkers’ Covered Bridge

Parkers’ Bridge takes you across the creek and to the historic dirt road that was once the major route into Whitehall. The road meanders along the creek and is a branch off Old Military Road, which runs along Crowley's Ridge.

Local lore has it that the Old Military Road was the main supply line for both the North and the South during the Civil War. It was also one of the routes during the Trail of Tears.

The bridge was constructed with bridge timbers salvages from a replaced WPA era bridge– originally milled and constructed in the 30s!

The Post Office and Print Shop

The Post Office was originally a one-room house from the Bono area. It houses an 1850's operational George Washington Press along with the original Whitehall Post Offices Boxes complete with mail from local citizens!

The E. Sloan Heritage School, now a one-room schoolhouse, was originally a two-room house donated by Betty Sloan. Notice the log benches on the front porch. They are made out of the only logs salvaged from a large structure atop Crowley's Ridge. The school is full of old school artifacts - enough in fact to have lessons for a day!

Homestead Lore holds it that Mary Anne’s grandpa, Louis Childers, attended school here for a short time.