Built in 1920, the old home encompasses over 6,000 square feet with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The original owner sold Plymouth automobiles uptown before moving his car lot next door to the house. In the early 1990s, the house was purchased by a doctor who planned to convert the property into a nursing home. However, the nursing home never opened.
In recent years, the wrap-around front porch has deteriorated and collapsed. Broken windows have exposed the house to the elements, allowing leaves to blow across the hardwood floors. In the past, the home sold at auction. That owner never did anything with the property. It has been for sale on and off over the last decade. At one point the property was reduced to half of the asking price. Still, there were no buyers.
The term ‘haint’ is a variation on the word ‘haunt,’ also known as a restless spirit or a lost soul. The color haint blue originated from the belief that it would ward off evil spirits. African slaves first used haunt blue paint in the coastal areas of Georgia. According to Gullah culture, the blue tint is representative of water. Haint blue is not one specific color, but a range of hues that emulate colors of the sky or ocean.