Feels Like Home

While researching a new photo project I fell in love with this little shotgun house in Little Rock. I had never seen it in person before but I felt strangely connected to the house by looking at pictures of the place online.

Home of Wendel and Magdalena Harveil in the 1920s.

A week later, I’m researching my 3rd great-grandparents and, low and behold, I see that their address looked awfully familiar. Sure enough, the little house I felt connected to is exactly where they lived in the 1920’s.

There are not many of these shotgun style houses, built between 1890 and 1920, left in Little Rock and Preserve Arkansas has listed them as the “Most Endangered Places” in Arkansas.

Dr. E. F. Utley House, Cabot, Arkansas

 

Utley House, Cabot, Arkansas

Wow, there’s only two places in Cabot that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Only one house and the Confederate Cemetery. I photographed 10 more houses the other day and I know there’s still more in town that could be eligible.
 
The 2 1/2 story Dr. E. F. Utley House, at 401 W. Pine Street in Cabot, was built sometime between 1914 and 1922 and is an example of an “American Foursquare” with Colonial Revival-style detailing.
 
During the time it was constructed, Cabot had a population around 447 people and had a bank, a weekly newspaper, two nurseries and a telephone exchange.
 
The property is known as the Utley House for Dr. E. F. Utley, a local “horse and buggy” doctor who owned, lived and saw patients in the house from about 1935 to 1955.
 
The house has been reported to be haunted by the current owner. Sounds of people walking across the upper floors and down the stairs are often heard. The front entrance door has also been seen to open by itself even when fully latched.
 
The property was listed in National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1998. (By a strange coincidence, this image was taken June 3, 2017, 19 years later)

The Sharecroppers House

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“When We Worked on Shares, We Couldn’t Make Nothing”

Henry Blake

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Thanks to Google Maps I have a new, and quicker, way to get to Scott, Arkansas from Cabot. I went to Scott yesterday to photograph the still smoldering remains of Cotham Mercantile.

Along this new route are several historic farms and at least one historic plantation. The biggest surprise was seeing an old sharecroppers house, so cool. It’s rare to find them standing, let alone one that is still in pretty decent shape. This one won’t be for long though with the metal roof sheets peeled back like they are.

One picture is taken with my Nikon and the other with my phone. Can you tell which one is which?

UPDATE November 6, 2017:

Apparently, a storm that came through the area really did some damage to this old place. I almost started crying when I turned the curve in the road and saw this: