Online Version: 06/23/2010
July 23, 2010
Hilltop move: Couple moves home from Carroll County to Attala
By Nancy Green The Star Herald
CARMACK — The two story home of Mr.
and Mrs. Bobby Evans makes a striking pose from its hilltop setting in the Carmack Community, several miles from its original location in the Carroll
County town of Vaiden.
Built in 1849, the home was purchased by the Evanses and moved to the Attala County location. For the past five years, “a work in progress” has been underway by the family in restoring and refurbishing their home.
It was built by a Vaiden merchant, Mr. Armstrong, as a gift to his daughter. Through the years the home was occupied by members of that family and for the past 30 years the home had been the property of the Vaiden Baptist Church.
“The church advertised for bids on the sale of the house to be moved. I think we were the only bidders,” said Mrs. Evans.
Movers were unable to move the house intact, resulting in the top story being torn away prior to the move. All materials were salvaged and used in restoration of the first floor and rebuilding of the top.
As Mrs. Evans shows the home she points out boards, cabinets, wainscoting and flooring that came about from materials of the upper level.
In the front hallway, one gets a view of the pine flooring which is found throughout the home. The parlor, dining room, kitchen, den, bathroom and master bedroom occupy the lower level. Most of the windows are original, with the exception of several which were blown out from the remnants of Hurricane Katrina which swept the area in 2005. Twelve foot ceiling are found throughout.
Mrs. Evans shared bits of information which have been passed to she and her husband concerning the home. In the parlor, she pointed to an area and markings on the floor where the grand piano set, the place where the home’s owner gave piano lessons for many years.
Antiques fill the home with a story about many that came from family members. There’s furniture which belonged to her late parents, Robert and Loleta Keeton of Meridian, and other furnishing which belonged to his parents, Joel and Maggie Evans. A picture of his parents occupies a wall in the entry hall.
The kitchen cabinets were crafted from material which had once been a part of the upper story. The patina of the kitchen floor shows burned spots resulting from the use of a wood burning stove. A large den was built adjacent to the kitchen. The original front door to the home was moved to the den and opens onto a patio. A breezeway-sun room connects to the carport and provides a perfect place for plants and a wall for hanging pictures which Evans acquired from the Morman Manufacturing Co. for which he worked for 36 years.
Completing the first level of the home is the master bedroom and bath. The bedroom features the addition of a bay window and a tray ceiling as a feature. No window treatments are used throughout allowing natural light and a view of the wooded surroundings.
From the back hallway, the original staircase provides access to the upper story’s three bedrooms and baths. From a hallway at the top of the stairs, entry is gained to the balcony where one can have a view of the surrounding countryside.
Despite all the work with their home, the couple has found time to continue with mission work in which they have been involved for a number of years. They are members of the Vaiden Baptist Church and are involved in mission work through the Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association. During recent weeks they have been with a group on a trip to Lake Shores on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.