Enter into the tree shaded, emerald green lawns of the stately Cole-McClellan house sitting on 5 +/- acres and you know you are home. This historic, park-like Sullivan County treasure has been owned by only 3 families. The original log portion was built in 1785 by the Cole family and two years later enclosed in a larger frame by the McClellans. By the time of the Civil War the entire home was constructed within its present hand fired brick exterior and beautiful wood trim had been added. During the early half of the 19th century, interest in this home and farm changed hands between the family of Abraham McClellan and Elisha and Jane Cole. Early records show that the Sullivan County courthouse convened in the original log section of the home in 1787. John Isaac Cox spent some of his time here in this house and studied law as a young man and later served as Governor of Tennessee from 1905-1907. The home has seen such illustrious visitors as Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford, who traveled here in 1906 in an open touring car. They stopped at this mansion for a visit to see a ”well-run Tennessee farm.”
The well maintained manor features sturdy white Doric columns and a shady, deep-set, wrap-around veranda perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The home has 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, a wood-burning fireplace, foyer, parlor, living room, enclosed sunroom and laundry room. The original tall windows allow plentiful light. The large country kitchen still has an its original charm with added modern amenities, and steps leading up to a large storage room with original freestanding wash basin. The large laundry room is conveniently located right beside the kitchen. Rustic charm and architecture is built into every room. Yesterday’s genteel parlor is a perfect pallet today for your antiques and decor. High ceilings, spacious rooms and tall windows lend themselves to light, airy rooms with plentiful storage from built in shelves, cabinets and nooks. You’ll appreciate surprises such as a cozy powder room off of the foyer, tucked beneath the stair steps. Another rarity, the home has retained much of the nearly century old wallpaper with hard to find period designs. You’ll see several one of a kind stained glass windows , and original hardware, light fixtures and mirrors. The bathrooms have been updated but with an eye toward retaining vintage decor.
The Cottage home lives up to its name, with so much rustic charm. It has one bedroom and one full bath, a spacious laundry room, living room and large country kitchen with tall cabinets, great storage built-ins. Add in a carport and screened back porch and this second home is quite livable in comfort and style.
This is a solid, classic home of southern grace and elegance where many happy childhood events and civic events have been held. It’s a place of serene privacy, yet close to city amenities. The level to slight rolling acreage and old growth hardwood trees backs up to beautiful, babbling Beaver Creek, which runs from a small waterfall through the property. River otters and deer are periodic visitors. Lush flower gardens and a charming water fountain are home to resident frogs, Pete and Delmar. It is rumored that there are Civil War era valuables buried somewhere on the property that have never been found.
This estate has unlimited possibilities. Whether as a private single family estate or a multi-family compound, your dream can become reality here. The location is ideally close to Bristol Motor Speedway and easily accessible to Johnson City, Bristol and Kingsport, which provides several distinct income opportunities such as a Bed and Breakfast, cottage rental, campsite for tourists, working gentleman’s farm, Venue for Events/Weddings, and many more! Don’t let this historic treasure slip away. Buyer and Buyer’s agent to verify, all information received from Court House Records. See Drone Video at: https://www.aryeo.com/v2/240-maplehurst-ln-bluff-city-tn-37618-950425/branded
Updated on September 10, 2021 at 3:15 am