4th Annual Acworth History & Southern Charm Tour
Seven Beautiful Homes, Seven Astounding Stories
Join us on this tour of Acworth’s most beautiful homes, all representative of our history! Starting at the McEver house, pick up your map and and tour these homes in whatever order you choose. Water will be provided and three homes will have wine & cheese.
The 4th Annual Tour is on October 21, 2018 from 2pm until 6pm. This is a self paced walking tour, though there are areas to park if you wish to drive, and shuttles between the longer distances. You will need to begin no later than 4pm to ensure enough time to complete the tour. You can find a map of the tour HERE.
The tour ends near Center Street Tavern, which has offered a $5 coupon off of $25 on each ticket.
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McEver House c. 1840 (Ticket pick up & purchase)
(Malinda Howe & Deborah Hill, Anchor Realty)
The McEvers were some of the earliest settlers of Acworth. Built in the 1840s, the home style is a type of I-house known as Plantation Plain. An I-house is two stories high, two rooms wide, and one room deep. Plantation Plain is further elaborated with stylistic detailing and varying porches, chimneys and rearward extensions. This house was used as a field hospital by Union troops and was spared destruction. 
Born in Jackson, Georgia, Thomas McEver married Rachel Eccles, daughter of William Eccles and Margaret Huie, and had 5 children.  They were charter members of the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.  Jim McMillan purchased his home plus five acres of land from the McEver family in the 1870s. 
1. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 44.
3. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 103.
4. Ibid., p. 15.
James W. McMillan House c. 1879
(Abbie & Boyd Parks)
James Wilson “Jim” McMillan moved to Acworth from Mars Hill in the 1870s and went into the general merchandise business with his brother-in-law, Jesse Lemon. Jim purchased an existing, two-room antebellum home and five acres of land from the McEver family. Shortly before his 1879 marriage to Emma Alice Lemon (1861-1913), he spent $1500 enlarging the home and almost an additional $1500 building the porch and decorative gingerbread detail. 
After selling the business venture with Jesse Lemon, Jim formed McMillan Brothers general store with his brother Robert Lee in 1896. A forerunner of the modern department store, McMillan Brothers sold groceries, hardware, farming tools, dry goods, school books, ready-to-wear apparel, shoes and furniture into the 1930s. 
The business shared a building with the S. Lemon Banking Company now 4817 South Main Street, Miss L’s Sandwich Shop, and 4819 South Main Street, Wild Blossoms. Jim was also a president of the S. Lemon Banking Company  and owned the first car in Acworth. He also sold cars at the store. 
Jim’s son, George Huie McMillan, would later hold office as Cobb County Sheriff and Commissioner. 
The Jim McMillan home is part of the Collins Avenue Historic District. In 1971 it was sold to Acworth First Baptist Church, whose lot it adjoined on Main Street. In 1980 the home was moved one block north of its original location to Collins Avenue. Only a small portion, a front balcony, remains of the second story, wrap-around porch. 
1. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 15.
2. Ibid., p. 51.
4. Scott, p. 122.
5. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 51.
6. Ibid., p. 16.
Henry Guess House c. 1909
Built by Henry Guess, this Folk Victorian gabled ell cottage has a large dormer in the rear, Victorian style turned posts and scroll brackets, and a wrap-around porch. 
Mr. Guess was a policeman and, after retirement, drove a taxi, his own car, for many years.  Acworth native, Mack Turner, remembers answering the phone for Henry Guess as a young teenager sometime around 1959 or 1960. He recalls his phone was on a telephone pole beside the old Acworth Depot and that his taxi was a 1957 or 1958 Ford. 
The current owner uncovered the amazing original chimney which was covered by Mrs. Guess, as she wanted the fireplace in a different location 
1. City of Acworth Property Records
Honeymoon House (Lemon Awtrey House) c. 1907
(Jill & Duncan Dunlop)
The Awtreys, one of Acworth’s earliest families, were well known for social gatherings and merrymaking. 
This large Craftsman bungalow was built on the corner of Dallas Street and Seminole Drive by Lemon Awtrey in 1907 for his bride, Varah Hill. The home contains 13 rooms and 5 bathrooms and features stained glass, decorative shingles and a door with a transom and sidelights. Lemon was a president of the S. Lemon Banking Company, Mayor of Acworth in 1918-19 and served as a long-time Alderman. 
In the late 1930s under the financial pressures of the Great Depression, the Awtrey family was forced to develop their pastureland, and Seminole Drive became Acworth’s first in-town subdivision. Prior to the sale of the land, by lottery, the Awtreys had a grand barbecue on the property. This barbecue tradition continued during the wartime years when families would spontaneously gather on an empty Seminole lot for impromptu picnics and cookouts. 
1. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 111.
2. Ibid., p. 22.
3. Ibid., p. 124.
Sprayberry House c. 1937
(Mindy & Raoul Newman)
This is a Neo-colonial 2 story house with a front portico that has Doric columns and a pediment. The windows are 6/6 double-hung sash.  The house was built by Mr. W. Paul Sprayberry who was elected Superintendent of Cobb County Schools in 1943, and served for 17 years.
He was previously principal of Powder Springs and Acworth Schools 
While Serving as Superintendent, he was also the chairman of the building committee for Acworth Methodist Church, which oversaw the construction of the new Church on “The Hill of the Lord”. 
1. City of Acworth Property Records
2. Scott, p. 48.
3. McLure, et al., p. 103.
Edward W. Lemon c. 1900
(Peggy & Lou Ramos)
Edward W. Lemon, mayor of Acworth in 1907, built this classic Queen Anne house with its wrap-around, turreted porch and columns complimented by Greek Ionic capitals. Other distinctive façade features are asymmetrical placement of dormers, windows and doors; decorative shingles; and stained glass. 
Edward (1872-1958) was the seventh of James Lile and Eliza Lemon’s 10 children and served as Mayor of Acworth in 1907, shortly after this photograph was taken. He married Myrtle Dismukes (1877-1912) whose father Thomas was a manager of the Acworth Inn. 
His father, James Lile, served as President of the S. Lemon Banking Company, as well as city Alderman and a church elder in the Acworth Presbyterian Church. 
Edward’s grandfather, James Lemon, was a wounded War of 1812 veteran, and moved to Acworth with his wife Mary in 1845 and purchased 800 acres of land near the town center and built a small frame house which their son, James Lile, expanded to the current Lemon House that sits across Willis Street, at the end of Lemon Street. 
1. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 8.
2. Ibid., p. 14.
3. Ibid., p. 4.
4. Ibid., p. 11-12.
Burtz House c. 1880
Dr. C.W. and Lizzie West Burtz came to Acworth at the turn of the nineteenth century from the Crossroads Community that was located in the vicinity of present day Highways 41 and 92. 
Florence Parris taught school for 35 years, beginning at Allatoona where she had been a student, then at Mars Hill, and finally at Acworth where she had also attended high school, riding a buggy one hour each way. The Parris home place was located on 142 acres on County Line Road in the vicinity of the present-day Brookstone housing development. Her parents farmed and raised their four children on the ancestral land. Her father also worked as a carpenter. 
Florence married Dr. Burtz’s son, William, and moved to this Plantation Plain house on Lemon Street that his parents had previously owned. 
1. Acworth Society for Historic Preservation, p. 33.
2. Ibid., p. 32
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- Mack Turner, Acworth native. October 2018