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.
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.