My name is Jack Farrar. I have owned The Warren House for over 20 years. I have decided to start a blog about The Warren House and its significant historical presence in the local Jonesboro community as well as all of Atlanta and also share about the exciting things that are happening.
The Warren House is now open as a reception center, providing a beautiful location for wedding receptions, baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, business meetings and much more. We are constantly aware of the historical background this building and property brings to the community and we hope that you will choose to continue to make history here by sharing your special events with us.
The Warren House was built before the Civil War. It was purchased by Guy Warren as part of a 10-acre parcel and was used as a farming house. Initially, during the Civil War, it was used as a hospital to care for Confederate soldiers and then later used for Union soldiers. Many of the walls still contain the names of soldiers who were treated in The Warren House.
The goal and mission for The Warren House Reception Center is to maintain the historical flavor for which this building and property has been known and to continue to build history in our community. In future posts, I will discuss the difficult process of restoring the actual building. Also, we are really excited about our upcoming Brick to History project which will preserve the past, present and future history of the house. This project will give the community an opportunity to mark their historical moments, like weddings and baby showers, alongside the bricks marking visitors and events going back to the 19th century.
We are also very excited about the search for the original well. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we look forward to sharing our adventure with you.
As we continue to explore the history of The Warren House, we will share what we learn in the history section here on our website. Here you can read about some of the names of the Civil War soldiers who signed the walls of The Warren House. In 1936 when Sheriff Adamson was making repairs, he found the names of Union soldiers written on the walls under the wallpaper. We hope to continue to restore and preserve more of the names that have been covered over the years by previous owners.
An article written during this time also recorded the visit of “a rather quiet woman named Margaret Mitchell” who visited The Warren House several times in 1935 and 1936 as she wrote her now famous novel, Gone With The Wind. Historians tell us that Mitchell got many ideas for characters and locations for Gone With The Wind from the Jonesboro area.
We hope that you will share your stories with us and that you will make your history here at The Warren House.
Do you know something about the history of The Warren House? What do you think we will find when we find the well?