$125,000 for a historic home? Friday deadline to bid on Roswell Farm
The property is located at 775 Hembree Road. Nearby homes have sold for at least $400,000 this year, according to Zillow.
The 1,400 square foot home was the original property of the Hembree family. Amariah Hembree, the family patriarch, came to Roswell in 1835 with her extended family and settled on what is now Hembree Road. According to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, they raised cattle and grew cotton for the former Roswell Manufacturing Company.
The property was originally part of the Cherokee Nation. Georgia took portions of Indian Territory in land lotteries between 1805 and 1833.
The Hembree family became owners of 600 acres of land, said Elaine DeNiro, the historical society‘s executive director.
“It’s the last of the original acreage and it’s one of the oldest farms in North Fulton,” she said.
Amariah Hembree’s son James built the house, historians said, adding that his brother Elihu and his descendants lived on the land for eight generations. Elihu is buried on the property and any prospective owner must preserve the grave must be preserved.
The house has three fireplaces. Two in the main house and one in the kitchen house – a small structure outside used for cooking.
“It’s typical of the southern house of that 1830s era,” DiNero said. “It could be used as an office now.”
The main house has a kitchenette which was created in more modern times.
The family sold the property to the Roswell Historical Society in 2006, said Kevin Bamford, the organization’s president.
The last occupants rented the house and moved in 2005.
Bamford said half of the interested buyers who visited the house with him were interested in the property for investment purposes. They then became aware of the conditions that limit the expansion of the space of the house and require the preservation of the roof and the front facade. And the house cannot be moved to another place.
Other interested buyers are history buffs, Bamford added.
“A lady came over from Florida and it’s her passion to renovate old farmhouses…” he said.
Bamford said he hoped the buyer would retain the historic nature of the property, “unaltered, unaltered or destroyed,” he said.