The present-day Henry Smith estate rests on the land that was once the Farr Plantation. On August 18th, 1869, brothers Billy and Joshua Stockstill paid $1,200 dollars for the land. They separated it into two sections. Joshua chose the north half of the property, on which the Smith house is now situated. His daughter, Cordelia, married Henry Smith on December 25, 1888. Around 1905, she and Henry bought all of the acreage from the Stockstill heirs. They lived in the log cabin on the land, which was constructed circa 1874.
Around 1909, Henry Emmitt Smith hired the premier carpenter of the South, Hector Puyper, to commence building his home. Smith paid seven dollars per thousand board feed for knotless heart pine lumber, which was fashioned into tongue and groove boards with cypress shingles for the roof. All of the materials originated from trees on the property and were milled on the site. Puyper approached the construction of the house as though solving a puzzle – he visualized the house piece by piece and built it as such. The home had nine large rooms and a front porch, which acted as a gathering place when people came to visit.
Smith came to own more than a thousand acres. When he got older, he was faced with the challenge of dividing the estate into inheritances for his nine children. He resolved this by holding a party at which each child drew a slip of paper from a hat that had a piece of the estate (excluding the house and approx. 3 acres) on it. Chester Smith, one of the sons, drew his parcel and then aquired the parcel with the house on it from his siblings and inhabited it with his wife Daisy until his death. Daisy continued to live in the house until around 1998, and she only used about 3 of the rooms. The house fell into disarray.
The house then went into the possession of Chester and Daisy’s son, Dale. He, in turn, passed it on to his son Royce, from whom we were able to purchase the property and return it to its original splendor. We hope you enjoy the ambiance and tranquility of The Henry Smith House as a get away vacation spot or a special occasion venue.
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