Godfrey Odum House, 1903, Odum

This is an unusual vernacular interpretation of the Craftsman style, with Folk Victorian porch posts.

Linda Odum Reynolds writes: I thought it might be of some interest to readers to know that the house labeled “Eclectic Vernacular House, Odum”, was built by my great grandfather Godfrey Odum in 1903. My family and I have had the privilege and joy of being the owners and caretakers of this Grand Old Lady for more than 20 years. Mr. Beecher and Mrs. Maggie Overstreet and daughter Shelma called the Old Lady home for more than 40 years before she was handed down to our care. The Overstreet family left evidence of their tender, loving care in every inch of Her.

I’m thrilled to see these old places given recognition. Each one of them hold the memories of the lives of those who have called them home. For me, it is a sacred and blessed opportunity to preserve them and the history they hold whenever possible. And I am deeply grateful to those of you who keep this website online and I so appreciate the hard work you dear “keepers of the memories” do for us.

 

 

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3 responses to “Godfrey Odum House, 1903, Odum

  1. Linda Odum Reynolds

    I thought it might be of some interest to readers to know that the house labeled “Eclectic Vernacular House, Odum”, was built by my great grandfather Godfrey Odum in 1903. My family and I have had the privilege and joy of being the owners and caretakers of this Grand Old Lady for more than 20 years. Mr. Beecher and Mrs. Maggie Overstreet and daughter Shelma called the Old Lady home for more than 40 years before she was handed down to our care. The Overstreet family left evidence of their tender, loving care in every inch of Her.

    I’m thrilled to see these old places given recognition. Each one of them hold the memories of the lives of those who have called them home. For me, it is a sacred and blessed opportunity to preserve them and the history they hold whenever possible. And I am deeply grateful to those of you who keep this website online and I so appreciate the hard work you dear “keepers of the memories” do for us. Linda Odum Reynolds

    • Thank you, Linda, for sharing the sweet history of this house with all of us. I’ve always loved this house and it’s wonderful that you, a descendant of the builder, are able to help ensure its future.

      • Linda Odum Reynolds

        Dear Brian, Did you get to see the house with Mrs. Maggie’s manicured flower beds and especially her rose beds? You’re no doubt too young to have seen that. But I was with the last class to graduate from OHS 1966, and even though it was a little out of my way walking home I always went that way to see the flowers and chat with Mrs. Maggie a few moments. I didn’t know the history of the house then -or maybe I did and wasn’t listening- but I always thought that was just exactly the kind of house -identical, actually- I would have when I grew up and had my own family. It never even remotely crossed my mind I would actually get to live in it one day.

        Though our babies, Randy and Rachel, were in college when we moved in, the house has never lacked for children. I started acquiring grandchildren before either of my babies were married for their friends found this a loving happy place to be too. Now all that gang has grown up and provided me with more babies and I even have a little great grandson. The Old Lady proper is only 1,600 sq. ft. but it never ceases to amaze all of us that there is always plenty of room for everyone.

        I could go on and on – and alas, I have. It’s just that the Grande Dame has so many stories and I hardly know where to stop. Please don’t bother to answer this. You’ve paid your dues! Stop by if you’re ever this way. The Old Gal is getting a much needed make up job (paint) in a month or two and then we’ll see about her yard. She’ll never have the glory with which Mrs. Maggie arrayed her but she’ll never be more loved. All the best to you and yours, Linda

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