Thursday Doors: May 12, 2016
In Part Two of the Doors of Madison, Georgia, we are looking at the Cottages! Not all the homes here were the mansions on the plantations as we saw last week! But, they are still on many acre lots!
Adeline Rose built her house in 1891. Little is known of her before October 1891 when she earned her living by taking in washing and ironing at 50 cents a load. Most of her early work was done for the boarders of the Hardy House. Hardy House was owned by the mother of Oliver “Ollie” Hardy (born Norvell Hardy) on January 18, 1892. He was the comic actor famous as one half of the act, Laurel and Hardy! He lived in Madison, as a child. Adeline Rose died in 1959 after living in the house for 68 years. In 1966, the City of Madison moved the Rose Cottage to its present location. It was felt that it was very important to save this little house built out of the labor of love of a woman who was born into slavery.
Notice the tin roofs on the previous cottages?
Thomas Jefferson was an early advocate of tin roofing, and he installed a standing-seam tin roof on “Monticello” (ca. 1770-1802).
However, once rolling mills were established in this country, the low cost, light weight, and low maintenance of tin plate made it the most common roofing material. Embossed tin shingles, whose surfaces created interesting patterns, were popular throughout the country in the late 19th century. Tin roofs were kept well-painted, usually red.
Another must on any Southern cottage is a porch! Notice they all had at least one!
And finally one of the few bright cottages in Madison! Did you notice nearly every home big or small was white?
I hope you enjoyed our walk through Madison! This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0! Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors? See you next week!
17 Responses to “Thursday Doors: May 12, 2016”
A lovely set of photos again! Such a pretty place, I would love to visit there one day.
Have you been to the US Georgie?
I had a long weekend in New York with my daughter around 1999. Did all the sightseeing tourist stuff, it was great. In 2008 I flew to Orlando, but didn’t get to see any theme parks, as I caught a bus to Vero Beach and joined a USA couple I met via Internet and helped them sail their yacht down the ICW, saw lots of Miami etc then over to Bahamas. I jumped ship in Nassau and stayed with an old school friend for 5 weeks, then flew back to UK via Miami. I don’t expect I’ll get back to the States, but would love to!
Pretty cottages! I find the porches so inviting. I’d love to be sitting on one right about now, with a good book and a glass of ice tea.
Yes, Gotta have a porch!
Oh, the doors and houses that they are in are just so pretty, it looks like a fairy tale… just lovely!
A nice selection of lovely little and not-so-little cottages. I really like that bright sunny yellow one 🙂
I much prefer those wonderful little cottages over the mansions. Thanks for the interesting history attached to them, too. I love Rose Cottage and Adeline’s story.
I’m a little cottage gal too! How is your cottage coming along? I want to hear all about it! Was it in your family?
We haven’t been able to get up to do much work on it yet (it’s a four and a half hour drive away). We bought it last December but the weather has been so wet we can’t really do much with it. Hopefully the rest of the Spring and Summer will be good so we can empty all the old furniture and stuff out of the place and start renovating. I’ll keep you posted. That will be a very special Thursday Doors for me. 🙂
Wow! Will you use it for s summer house? A writing sanctuary? I’m intrigued!
We are going to retire and live in it full time (whenever we’re not on the boat, that is). We’ve been looking at the Tiny House sites on the internet and when this one came up it seemed much bigger compared to them, but it’s a lot smaller than the one we live in at present. We have a lot of stuff to get rid off over the next year or so, lol. 🙂
Oh Jean I know exactly what you are talking about! We downsized when I retired and then I keep going through all our stuff and saying, Do we Need This! Out out out! We spend half our lives collecting stuff and the next half getting rid of it! I’ll have to walk down the lane and snap a picture of a smaller house I keep eyeing!
I’d love to see that little house if you take a photo of it.
What a great example of southern cottages!