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This original photo is courtesy of Kathryn Green.

These photos with the framing of the front porch were taken in June.
In Honor of Her Mom: Restoring a Historic Home in Barnesville
By Editor Becky Watts

BARNESVILLE - It started with a trip through Barnesville at the end of April of this year. I love old houses and just happened to see one in the midst of a massive renovation. It is an 1800's home, and it is beautiful!

Me not being shy at all... stopped the truck and went over to the homeplace to ask if I could take some pictures of it. I meant the outside of it, but when Bobby Ivey of Ivey Builders, Inc. out of Forsyth asked if I wanted to take a walk through the place, how in the world could I say anything but yes!

He described a labor of love that was taking place on a home that used to be heated by coal, had not been fastened down to the foundation and had moved in some places, had numerous boards and windows that had to be replaced, and had the most wonderful old house things in it like stained glass windows, the old wood in the walls, a staircase and eight fireplaces, and the most unique handrail on the upper floor staircase that I have ever seen! There even used to be a rounded front porch that they dug down to find the footings and have begun the process of restoring.

I took about 60 pictures as I walked through and just asked lots of questions. The owner is helping with a lot of the work as well such as scraping the paint off of the staircase and cleaning up around the beautiful fireplaces that are all unique!

After he walked me through, Bobby called the owner, Kathryn Claxton Green, to ask if I could share my pictures about her lovely home.

Kathryn called me and told a beautiful story about how she and her husband are renovating this home in honor of her Mom, Anne Claxton, who fell in love with Barnesville in 1989 and called it home. She is documenting this renovation in a blog called "Our Little BIG Dream."

I told her that I would do some reading and get something online as soon as I could. It has taken a minute, but I am very pleased with the results. There are more pictures (full-sized too!) on my Facebook page: click here .

It's not often that I get the opportunity to watch a historical project from beginning to end, but I'm excited that I drove down Thomaston Street and Barnesville and saw this project in the near beginning in April. According to what Kathryn wrote, I wouldn't have walked through it in the VERY beginning! It needed a LOT of work and TLC that it is getting every time someone walks onto the project!

Click here to read the story about this beautiful home and watch as the restoration continues.