The Crown Jewel – This Greek Revival home, built in 1855, along with her early owners The Atkins &The Sims, actually Started the City of Maysville! Nestled privately on 2.27 acres, she is constructed with FOUR (4) Bricks of thickness and solid walls bolted together in all 4 directions & secured with Hurricane Bolts! No wonder the Civil War 6lb round cannon “wound” on her left side barely made a dent! The front porch is nothing but “Grand”. As you enter the center hallway the first family room/parlor is on the left with a beautifully refinished mantle and updated gas fireplace. On the right is a room that is currently being utilized as an office, but has previously also been a master bedroom with a walk through to private porch and ensuite bath with claw foot tub and separate shower. Magnificent Dining Room opens to side porch and into large, spacious kitchen. The Dining Room and Kitchen were added to the house in 1911 when the separate Cook House burnt down. The kitchen was remodeled several times over the decades and now has everything the chef in the family could want including a middle island and huge walk-in pantry with some of the original cabinets! All appliances remain including Elmira Stove, Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer! Up the gorgeous staircase (feel the handrail- not made like that anymore) find your 2nd center hallway with 3 bedrooms, plus an upstairs master bedroom with sitting room/nursery/office. New upstairs bath with double vanity, walk-in shower with dual shower heads, and vanity area. Don’t miss the room-size custom built closet – because they used armoires in 1855!! Large 2nd Family Room upstairs is great for movie or game time. Enjoy the Great view from 2nd floor balcony and makes a wonderful place for holiday décor hanging! All original Heart of Pine Hardwood Floors throughtout and there are now 19 solid brass antique Hollywood Regency Chandeliers in the home that were found to match the oldest ones hanging originally in the house. Current owners have completed extensive and detailed renovations keeping home to its period. The outside living space, 2.27ac grounds and outbuildings are equally as impressive. Enjoy 2 covered porches or a screened porch for different sunrise and sunset views…. or dinner in the gazebo! There is a 3-car detached garage with ½ bath and large room currently used for storage that could easily be converted to in-law suite. Small white storage house has huge storage or fun play cottage with loft and “barn” also makes great play cottage, storage or pet barn. Reproductions of original corn crib also on property. Chickens allowed! Walk to best Hamburgers around- Xarius! If you have been dreaming of space, getting away from it all, land, some great history, room for everyone – this is it…don’t let this dream slip by!
**History of the Historic Atkins-Sims House 1855—Abraham Atkins, the First Merchant of Maysville, builds 2 Brick Buildings—Probably the first built North of Athens, GA—1 a Store and the other a Residence (The Atkins-Sims House). Mr. Atkin’s Store was called “The Brick Store of North Georgia”. Mr. Atkins was very instrumental in the early years of what would later become the Town of Maysville—The town organized in 1879, a full 24 years AFTER Mr. Atkins Built his Home. His Store and Home were Modern Marvel’s of their time because they were both built out of Solid Brick Walls, the Residence being 16 inches thick from 4 bricks thickness (every brick you see on the wall has 3 more stack behind them), and the Brick Store was 12-inch, 3 bricks thickness. The walls of the Atkin’s Sims House have no studs and are solid walls bolted together in all 4 directions with “Hurricane Bolts” –These Bolts are visible on the 4 walls of the Residence. 1860—Abraham Atkins sells his Large Home and Land (Estimated at over 900 acres at that time), to Sherman and Amanda Sims.
1862—Sherman Sims reports to Serve in the Civil War and has the rank of Private, Company H, 40th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee, Confederate States of America, Bartow County “Veach Guards”. Sherman Sims was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1862, and paroled there July 6, 1862. He was sick with Typhoid Fever and hospitalized December 31, 1862. Sherman Sims Died Friday, January 16, 1863. At the time of his passing, his wife Amanda, was expecting their 8th child (Charles Henry Sims).
1878—Amanda Sims opens her Stately Home to 9 other people who would become the 10 Charter Members of Maysville Baptist Church. Of special note, Hugh Atkins (Son of the original owner Abraham Akins) was one of the Charter Members and he was also the 1st Sunday School Superintendent of the Church. Maysville Baptist builds their 1st Church Building in 1882.
1878-1905—Sometime during these years, Amanda Sims sells a Right of Way to the Northeastern Railroad from her land in the Estate for the sum of just $5 with a special contingency that the Railroad would allow free passage of her descendants to travel on the train for the rest of their lives. The Northeastern Railroad never honored the contingency, and records show that the case went to the Georgia State Legislature to be decided. But the case ended unresolved with the Sims Children denied the implied promise.
During these same years, many of Amanda Sims Grandchildren were born in the Atkins-Sims House in the front two Bedrooms that are closest to the front porch. Here are the Grandchildren born in the residence:
1. Ollie Hoke Sims, Born November 6, 1890, Ollie became an Optometrist and Jeweler in Nashville Tennessee. After the Estate was sold at auction, Ollie was one of the ones that surveyed the land and helped mark off what would become the “Sim’s Street Subdivision” as well as parts of what is now Downtown Maysville. Just down Sims Street, as cross street is named HOKE Street after Hoke Sims.
- Blanche Sims, Born December 12, 1892. Blanche became as Registered Nurse and was the Supervisor of Obstetrics at Georgia Baptist Hospital for 40 Years. (She is Buried in Sunrise Cemetery in Maysville—This is where her grandfather, Sherman Sims is Buried, and this land was originally a part of the 900-acre Estate of the Atkins-Sims House. Amanda Sims chose this part of her Estate to bury her Husband.
- Mary Bennie Sims, Born August 6, 1904. Mary and her Husband Clyde Langford Sold Marble and Made Monuments. Mary is Buried in Commerce, GA
1905—Amanda Sims passes away on March 29, 1905. The Last Audible words her children heard her say was “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the Cross I cling”—These are the words of the 2nd Verse of the Christian Hymn “Rock of Ages”, written in 1876. The House is and land is sold at auction and the street in front of the House is named Sims Street. The street that runs along side the right side of the house is name Georgia Avenue. This street was named after Georgia McWhorter, the wife of one of Amanda Sim’s Sons named Sherman Bennett Sims because Sherman and his wife built a home across the street from the Atkins-Sims House that still stands today and has been owned by the Highfield Sisters since 1974.
1905-1907 Dr. M. E. Chandler buys the Atkins-Sims House (the House at this point owns just 3 acres of land). Dr. Chandler buys the home specifically to remodel and expand the Residence to be sold to J.B. and Lucy Rogers who will open and run the “Roger’s Hotel” in the Home—1 of 4 Hotels Operating in Maysville in the early 1900’s. The home is expanded from 8 to 12 rooms and a 12-inch thick, Solid Brick Walls addition is added to the home, again, held together with Hurricane Bolts.
1911—The Cook House burns down, and J.B. and Lucy Rogers add a Stately Dining Room for Guests, and they also add a Kitchen to the home.
1922—J.B. and Lucy Rogers celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Dining Room of the Atkin-Sims House. The Cake featured Yellow Icing and many family and friends dropped by to congratulate the couple.
1927—July 28, 1927, One of the Roger’s Children, Blanche Rogers, Marries George Sabados on the Grounds of the Atkins-Sims House. There are several pictures from the wedding that have survived and will convey with the House. Also, the write up from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution about the wedding has been found in the archives of newspapers.com. The wedding is listed in the article as “A Prominent Social Event of the Season” by the AJC.
1929—J.B. Rogers passes away from an acute appendicitis on July 18, 1929. This is also the year of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the start of the Great Depression. This is possibly when the Roger’s Hotel ceases business operations. Mr. Roger’s death is in several articles printed in the AJC and tells how he entered the Civil War at only 15 years of age and served 4 years and survived the War even after having his horse shot out from underneath him in battle.
1929—1978—Mrs. Rogers continues to live in the Atkins-Sims House until May 1942 when she passes away at the age 93. After her death, other Roger’s children occupy the residence, and the house stays in the family until the passing of the last Roger’s descendant to live in the house Wilda E. Murray—Granddaughter of J.B. and Lucy Rogers. Miss Murray passes away around 1978.
1978—The Rogers Family holds an Estate Sale at the Atkins-Sims House, and all of its furnishings are sold. Fortunately, some of the Great Grandchildren come to the auction and buy pieces for themselves. Of special note, a Victorian Coal Scuttle is bought by one of the Great Grandchildren and she holds on to it until 2020. In November 2020, the Great Grandchild graciously donates the Coal Scuttle back to the House and it will convey with the home!
1980—The house for the first time is offered for sale to the Public since 1905! At this point, about 6 owners occupy the home for the next 18 years.
1998—The Home is bought by Mr. and Mrs. David Daniel and the home is completely, rewired, replumbed and more rooms are added. An oversized Kitchen replaces the modest one added in 1911 and now the total square footage of heated/cooled space is 4551 square feet.
2017-to Today—Trent and Kassie Perry purchase the Home and embark on a 5-year, over $140,000 Restoration of the Atkins-Sims House. A completely new Oversized Bathroom is added upstairs as well as a custom build Walk-In Closet with Custom Shelving. The downstairs Bathroom is completely gutted and rebuilt with a Double Sink Installed and a Cast Iron Claw Foot Soaker Tub! All the original Heart Pine Floors of the 8 rooms built in 1855 are for the first time, Professionally Sanded to bring out the fantastic beauty of the now 167-year-old Wide Plank Floors nailed down with hand cut nails. A Heart Pine door is discovered in the Attic with original hardware, featuring a white porcelain doorknob. With this original feature, The Perry’s searched and found 12 more 100+ year old white porcelain doorknob sets and added them to all interior Heart Pine Doors. All Exterior Heart Pine Doors were restored with Solid Carved Brass Doorknobs from the 1880’s—The Perrys did not question what went on the doors originally, as they had the original Carved Brass Back Plate still on the Front Door so they knew Carved Brass Knobs would have been on that door to match the back plate. The Oldest Lighting in the residence found in the bedrooms were two 70-Year-Old Solid Carved Brass, Hollywood Regency Chandeliers. Mr. and Mrs. Perry searched all over and purchased 17 more of these Chandelier’s from the same era, and from the same Manufacturer. All the Chandeliers were restored, rewired if necessary, and installed. The Atkins-Sims House is probably home today to the largest Private Collection of working Hollywood Regency Chandeliers in the World!!
Updated on May 11, 2022 at 11:36 am