Artist Jenni Horne and her husband Billy are grateful for living in a main street community, rarely ever getting into their car on the weekends, choosing instead to walk to a local coffee shop or market day on the downtown square a block away, and embracing small-town living to its fullest.
The heart-embellished railing that skirts the front porch of their historic Newnan home is a reminder of the love and healing their home has provided for their family of four. With its view of the courthouse clock tower and the neighboring Central Baptist Church on West Broad Street, the circa-1860 house has been home to only four families in its 160 years of life.
Though the footprint of the house more than doubled with a major addition in the 1970s, each new owner has maintained the history evident in the well-worn original floors, front door, and windows of the front rooms. The home’s original owner, Colonel Brewster, lost his leg during the Civil War and lived his adult life in a wheelchair, so the doorknobs and windows of the original three rooms were set lower than usual to accommodate his reach, and the doorways are extra wide compared to other homes built in the era.
And through the years, each new owner has put their own personal touches on the home, making it a walk through local time and history.