Dixie Funeral Home

Built circa 1840, the Dixie Funeral Home was originally constructed for a physician and his family. Once married, the couple had eight children, three of whom died young. The doctor also raised his wife’s younger orphaned brother. His daughters all married wealthy men who later became district attorneys or state senators. One of his sons even served as an officer in the Civil War. In 1859, after the doctor’s death, one of his sons inherited the home. A few years later, in 1862, tragedy struck after a member of the family known for sleepwalking fell from the balcony above the porch becoming paralyzed.

Dixie Manor

Dixie Manor
In 1986, the house was added to the NRHP as a contributing property to the town’s historic district.

After the Civil War, the house was sold to a craftsman who operated a furniture store. Like the previous owner, the sons inherited the home after his death. In the 1950s, the property sold to a family who renovated the house for use as a funeral home. They lived upstairs and operated the funeral business downstairs. The family decided to close the business after the owner passed away. His wife lived upstairs in the home until her death in 2004. The property has remained vacant ever since.

Dixie Manor

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Dixie Manor

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Dixie Manor

 

 

 

10 Replies to “Dixie Funeral Home”

  1. There is a very intriguing ‘History Channel’ Documentary put out in the year 2008, titled ‘Life without People’. That I as an admirer of images of abandoned abodes really enjoyed watching, it’s about the time line of how long the natural world in only which plants, trees and animals of nature only reside upon planet earth. How long it takes plants and trees by way of bird dropped seeds and creeping roots expand in cracks of walls and concrete to reclaim buildings and homes. It based upon if all of mankind was removed, as in was to suddenly vanish. An amazing document you may wish to watch. I especially enjoyed the rusting old car. As for sleep walking, it is a hazardous condition indeed. Thank you kindly for providing yet another presentation of the past through past southern generations. You wouldn’t know of the year, make and model of that old car would you? I would like to on line search what it looked like showroom new at the car dealer.

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  2. Thanks Larry Davis – I guess that open back door throw me as well as the worn chrome trim around the rear window. Not to mention I wasn’t out of the box (born) yet for another five years. 🙂

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