Westville talks about our “houses,” making it easy to forget they were once homes.
One of the more interesting stories we have partially uncovered is the inhabitants of the Grimes House and how long the building appears to have been continuously lived in until it was donated to Westville.
In this first picture you see the house as it sat in Westville in Lumpkin.
Note the two young girls in 1850 costumes sitting on the fence gates as if they are swinging on the gates for a thrill ride.
In the second undated picture you can see a young child learning to ride his bike in the front lawn of the house before it was moved to Westville.
The clothing, car and bike are clues to when the picture might have been taken.
In this side view picture taken at the same time as the bike ride, you can see an enclosed addition to the house.
This kitchen was not moved with the house in order to restore it to its original appearance. We know that in the 1940s the connection between the house and the kitchen was an open porch. We know this because we were lucky enough to meet someone who lived in the house in the 40’s who came to Westville to reminisce. You can see her story here. Westville Visitor
In the two pictures below, you can see the Grimes House being readied to move to Lumpkin.