A couple of weeks ago, Rhonda Thompson Wright brought this wonderful home to my attention, knowing that it was just the sort of place I seek in my travels. I made a special trip to the area just to find it, and I ‘m so glad I did. In early springtime, a massive camellia bush is beginning to bloom and honeybees busy themselves on the enormous holly beside the front porch.
According to Kathy Hogan Henderson, the house was built by her grandfather, Uriah Griffin Bonaparte [known locally as Mr. Boney] Griffin (9 October 1876 – 16 December 1943) because his wife, Amanda Jane Osborne Hogan (12 September 1875 – 11 May 1948), wanted to raise her growing family in the country and away from the hustle and bustle of town. I am unsure as to the date of construction, but I would guess circa 1900-1925.
After Mr. Boney’s death, George Hogan inherited the house through a family lottery and upon his death it passed to his son George, who still owns it. The parting shot shows the old porte cochere, a very early one as carports go.