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!