When I first came across this house in 2010, I knew immediately it was among the most significant survivors of its type in the entire region. Thanks to Olivia Williamson Braddy, and the passage of eight years, I have some historical background. Olivia writes: This is the John Gillis house (1807-1891). Son of Murdoch Gillis and Catharine MacAlpine, Scottish emigrants, John married his cousin, Mary Ann Gillis in 1853. At least eight children were reared in this house.
It’s essentially a hall-and-parlor house, with a back porch which mirrors the front. A preacher’s room is located at the front.