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Old funeral home to be restored as O'More Show House

The historic “old funeral home,” originally known as the Dozier House, located at 1009 W. Main Street, is being brought back to life.

Not only is the structure, built around 1904, being restored by an Atlanta-based company – Thrive Homes, but it will also be the 2014 O’More Alumni Show House next April. Plans for the surrounding property include a development consisting of six $1 million plus homes known as Ledgelawn ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 sq. ft. 

It was first used as a funeral home in 1936, and additions made in the 1950s were incompatible with the original structure according to the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.

According to historian Rick Warwick with the Heritage Foundation, the home’s origin began with N.B Dozier in 1903, a civil war soldier making his money as a salesman in stoves an iron works. When died in 1918, his estate was worth about $150,000 – probably making him one of the richest men in town Warwick said. 

Now, the historic home will be brought back to its original grandeur. 

“We are very excited about bringing the grand old house back to life,” said Rick Warwick, a historian with the Heritage Foundation. “It was in danger of being destroyed, but there is a grand house in there.” 

“It’s a jewel sitting in a prominent place – an ornament on that end of town.”

Posted on: 8/1/2013


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