Another real highlight in my visit to Eutaw, AL was getting to meet Thom Smith, the owner of Basil Hall. Thom invited me to lunch, along with Ellen and her daughter, Sarah. Sarah cooked for us and it was so delish! What an absolute delight to have lunch in this beautiful home, with such wonderful Southern company.
I drove up and saw this and immediately squealed with glee. What a beautiful place this is. I love how these historic homes have their own banners out front, announcing the original owners and when these homes were built. What a gracious entry this is! Check out the magnificent magnolia trees in front. Thom told me that these are older than the house. I encouraged him to make some magnolia wreaths out of all his leaves. 🙂 So beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pics along the way to the front door. And what an entry it is. Thom came out and greeted me with a hug and we were like long-lost friends. Thom is originally from NC, but has spent many, many years in NYC where he has been in the fashion industry for about 40 years. He and his wife have been splitting their time between an apartment in Manhattan and this beautiful stately Southern home that they’ve owned for 20 years. It was so much fun to talk to Thom about all of the history of Eutaw. He is a wealth of knowledge and what a pleasure it was to meet him. I couldn’t get enough of his beautiful house. He told me to look up and described this railing as a hairpin railing. Can you see it?
Magnificent house, don’t you agree?! Come on inside! Thom and his wife have acquired some absolutely stunning antiques over the years and this house is outfitted with some beautiful pieces. I can’t imagine that this house ever looked so pretty as it does now. So many beautiful and collected pieces in Thom’s home.
Looking back towards the front door. All my pics didn’t turn out great, but I had to try to capture it. This wall of blue toile in the kitchen was just amazing. Such a beautiful collection of blue and white. Looks like a magazine! Blue and white everywhere. Over the door. Living room with so many beautiful things to see. Wreaths on the doors. That’s Thom and Ellen in the background. Ellen is part of the Historical society of Eutaw and the one who invited me. Gorgeous-ness everywhere. Not so great pic of the diningroom, but after the tour downstairs, we went in here to have lunch. Salad Chicken, rice and beans. Delish! Scrumptious chocolate cake with white frosting and pecans. To die for!
We visited for awhile longer and then I had to get going, so that I could finish the tour. They mentioned a house across the street that was for sale, so I had to check it out. See that little peek over the fence? Come on….let’s go see!
What a beauty this place is too. Check out the metal rusty roof, how quaint is that?! Circa 1836: And guess what, it’s for sale! This house can be yours for $239,000. I was amazed at some of the great prices on some of the homes for sale in Eutaw. If you’re looking for a fixer-upper, this is your town! Couldn’t you just see yourself in this pretty home?
What character it has. Thom told me that this house was moved from it’s original location to this location. And it was moved on huge logs!! That’s totally amazing to me. You can just imagine all the families that have lived here. Sprawling front porch. Pretty blue ceiling. The old floors inside are just gorgeous. Pretty rooms. I didn’t see a kitchen, so that would have to be added, but just think what you could do from scratch. So much potential. Blurry pic of the stairs, but this old wood just wins me over. Sigh….look at this floor and that bed! Oh my, how pretty is this.
OK, so who wants to buy it??
Thanks for tagging along on another tour of Eutaw with me. I still have more to go!
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$239,000??? Holy Smokes! Who needs a kitchen, I’m packing right now!
KM @ This Plate is Full says
That toil kitchen is just amazing! I’ve never seen it done like that before – very interesting.
& Those beautiful magnolia trees outside are beautiful – how grand!!
Thanks for bringing me along on the tour – Love when you do these!!
What a lovely tour! Thank you so much I did enjoy it! I love all the character older homes have, especially, the antebellum homes of the South.
Jo Anne says
I love those antebellum houses. Sigh! Maybe I first lived in that time. (I probably was a maid.) I love to clean and do laundry. Think of the fun you could have in those houses. Did the one for sale have a bathroom?
JoAnne, now that you mention it, I don’t remember seeing bathrooms either. Might have to do some work on it, but it sure had some character.
$239k? That’s exactly why I need to move back to the South! I’m currently live in DC and $239k wouldn’t buy an apartment up here. What beautiful homes!
Richella at Imparting Grace says
Ummm, ummm, ummm! What a beautiful place. There’s nothing quite like Southern charm, is there?
I must say I love all that blue and white. Some things never go out of style, if you ask me!
Glad you got to enjoy that special luncheon! What fun. 🙂
Beautiful place, Rhoda…thanks for the tour!
I was going to buy it until you said you didn’t see a kitchen….that’s a deal breaker. :o)
I hope you are having a wonderful week! La
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says
Rhoda, The blue and white toile kitchen has my name all over it! It is absolutely fabulous. What a gorgeous home and decorated beautifully. What a treat for you to visit and have lunch there.
michelle chafin says
What a beautiful home…the chocolate cake YUM!! everything in one post – style and food. Love it!!
Patti VZ says
Oh, Rhoda, thanks a lot – now I have drool all over my keyboard! 🙂 Just LOVE looking at your pictures!!
Be still my Southern heart! WOW! Thank you so much for the tour. I loved it.
I enjoyed the tour. I really love that blue toile in the kitchen and the fireplace is amazing. Thanks for sharing the tour.
Fairfield House says
$239,000? You couldn’t get a bungalow at that price here. Amazing porch and floor to ceiling windows.
Thank you for sharing these gorgeous homes. The blue and white in Thom’s home is stunning. The second home has features similar to The Fairfield House — the staircase, wide planked floor.
I love these posts Rhoda. Keep them coming!
Alyssa @ Clever Penguin says
Wow! Only $239,000. That is amazing. We’ll be looking for a place in the next few years, but I don’t think we want to move too far from where we are now. Still. . . Gorgeous photos. I love the houses.
Their house does look like a magazine spread. Were the fixtures for sale in the house across the street? I die. So wonderful. What a neat trip.
Ah! What an incredible place! Lovely photography. Speechless. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for that lovely tour. I can only imagine how enjoyable it was. I have always loved the South and wish I lived there, but unfortunately born and raised a Yankee. Drat!
Since I was a child, I always dreamed of owning a home with large white columns in the front. Never had that dream to come true, but I still have a deep appreciation of the architecture of the old Southern mansions. (Built our own Georgian style home 22 yrs ago, so I am happy with that!)
Mom on the Run says
Rhoda, thought you might want to know that they just announced today that the Archibald Howell house is going to be one of the Marietta Pilgrimage tour homes. It hasn’t been opened to the public for at least 20 years…..so exciting! It is so stunning and what you imagine when you think of a big antebellum home. If you can make it over here that weekend it will be worth the trip! Shoot me an email if you want more info.