Mercer-Bledsoe House, 1855, Georgetown

Historic Photograph (detail) of Mercer-Bledsoe House, courtesy of Jim Bledsoe

Jim Bledsoe writes: This Greek Revival house (the Mercer-Bledsoe House) was built by Levi Mercer for his son Dr. J. W. Mercer (1833-1893). Dr. Mercer first practiced medicine in the Cross Roads community but gave up his practice and came to Georgetown to become a business partner of Edgar C. Ellington. Mr. Ellington owned a large house next door, which was acquired by Dr. Mercer upon Ellington’s death. The house was then known as the Mercer House, though over the years it was owned by J. T. Gipson, L. G. Brannon, and R. G. Methvin. It no longer survives. The original Mercer house (pictured above) was rented out until 1911, at which time it was sold by Charles G. Mercer to William Walton Bledsoe (1874-1953). It is generally known today as the Bledsoe House.

 

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10 responses to “Mercer-Bledsoe House, 1855, Georgetown

  1. Gene Perkins

    Thanks for the picture and history lesson. My dad was born at Hatcher Station and my grandmother later moved to Georgetown right behind the Methodist church. My uncle John Perkins lived on the highway. Pleasant memories of visiting as a child.

  2. James Bledsoe

    This is the house I was raised in, having been born in 1949, along with my older brother and sister. My father and his seven siblings were also raised here, all being born there except my father who was born shortly before his father acquired this house in 1911. Being the eldest, my father acquired the house as the executor of the estate. The house stayed in our family until the passing of both of my parents when my brother, sister and I sold it since we all had moved on. It used to be nestled back in the woods, unseen from the highway, until US 82 was straightened out and cut right through the front yard near the house. At last account it had served as an antique store for a while, but was sitting vacant when last seen. An even larger and more ornate home (the Methvin home) sat next to it on the left, near the current Michelle’s Restaurant, barely visible then from the highway, but was left to the elements when it was vacated and was torn down years ago.

    I have some history of the house and older pictures if anyone is interested.

    • James- Please share with us. I’d be most grateful.

      • James Bledsoe

        I’ll send you an email with several attachments and let you decide which, how, and where to put them. I can’t figure out how to include .pdf files and .jpg files in these reply “boxes.”

    • Alabamaspitfire

      I am sorry, the people who ran the former antique store there called it the Bledsoe house. Was there a story about it being haunted by a spirit and this was in a newspaper? James if you have any pictures of the old Methvin house please post them or share them with Brian. My great aunt talked about the house and her visits there. Also if you have any pictures of the Old Castleberry Place close to the Quitman and Clay county lines I would appreciate seeing any of them. I am restoring this house built by my ancestor Judge William Castleberry. It had much damage after hurricane Michael and it still under going those repairs. Thanks in advance.

      • Alabamaspitfire

        The old Castleberry place is the white greek revival on 39 just inside Clay County. I have been working on it for about 6 years now.

      • James Bledsoe

        Most people still do call it the Bledsoe house, I suppose. I don’t have any photographs of the Methvin house next door, and I’m not sure who would except maybe some of the family if they are still in the Eufaula area. The grandmother who lived with the family, Ms. Flossie Methvin, had quite a green thumb (there was a brick greenhouse at the front, right of the property – you can still see some bricks in Michelle’s parking lot) and the building was surrounded with bushes, trees and other plantings to the extent that it would have been difficult to get pictures, by the time I came along. It was sad to learn that the old house had been torn down, though. It had high ceilings and windows, and beautiful, wide polished pine flooring throughout, and the trim work was rather ornate and beautiful. I remember seeing boards on the walls in the back that were between 2 – 2 1/2 feet wide. It was laid out similar to our house, but larger and a bit fancier.

  3. Alabamaspitfire

    I believe this is the old Bledsoe house. Ralph Balkcom of Quitman County owns it. It was an antique store that recently closed.

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