House 1: The McEver – Morgan House, 4527 Dallas St
c.1893 – Folk Victorian
In 1893 this Folk Victorian home was acquired by Isabelle (Belle) Sorrells McEver from J.A. Quillian. The
property abutted the Smith Lemon Institute and has remained in the McEver family until 1977. Folk Victorian
houses were orderly and symmetrical structures and were in fashion during the 1870’s through the early 1900’s.
Originally built as a single-family house, it was once converted to a duplex, before being restored by Nancy and
Chad Pullen in 2006.
The home offers 12-foot bead board ceilings, heart pine floors along with stunning trim work throughout, 5 original
fireplaces, and a wrap-around porch.
In 2020 the home’s historic character and quality craftsmanship features attracted Justin and Brooke Morgan. The
Morgan’s renovations included painting, updating fixtures plus a customized master closet inside. Outside they
added a fire pit sitting area, stone walkway, and professional landscaping.
House 2: The Bailey-Maxwell-Benefield House, 4566 Dallas St
Built in 1912 for Dr. Eugene Bailey and his wife Willie McDowell Bailey, this quaint bungalow
was constructed of Stone Mountain granite. Originally it was a six-room house, a sun porch and
two coal burning fireplaces.
There was a stipulation in Dr. Bailey’s will that his widow could not sell the property during her
lifetime. So from 1953 -1966, Nancy Smith Maxwell and Hollis, shared the 6-room house with
Mrs. Bailey. Upon Mrs. Bailey’s passing, Nancy & Hollis were able to procure the home from a
family member, living there from 1966-2021. During that time, the exterior was bricked, the
sun porch enclosed for a bedroom, and an addition of an extra bedroom and small bath were
Mary & Bill Benefield spent years waiting for the perfect home to come o n the market in
historic downtown Acworth. In December of 2021 the Benefields purchased this bungalow and
began its complete renovation.
Keeping much of the original style, a new floor plan was configured. The ceiling heights were
raised, a new owner’s suite was designed with a luxurious bath and a modern chef’s kitchen. The
exterior has been completely updated with paint and a new front door.
House 3: The Coats & Clark – Lucas House, 4575 Dixie Ave
In 1920 Orlando Awtrey commissioned this house built specifically to serve as a residence for a
manager of the Acworth Cotton Manufacturing Company. Awtrey and his partner J. J. Northcutt
had founded the Acworth Cotton Manufacturing Company in 1905. It was customary for
managers to live separate from the Mill’s workers at the time. Initially a 6-room home with
additions over the years. After changing ownership twice, the Mill was owned by The Coats &
Clark Company who offered for the current mill manager to buy the home. In 1986 Thomas
(Harold) & Nora (Betty) Moon purchased this home where they resided until 2017.
In 2017 Brenda Ward purchased the home and began renovations that included exterior paint,
new double pane windows, a back deck, all baths were upgraded and a new metal roof installed.
In September of 2020 Lisa and Phillip Lucas purchased the home and so began the adventure of
its latest renovation: popcorn ceilings removed, wiring and plumbing updates, and original
flooring refinished. The original galley kitchen was gutted and has doubled in size. The master
bedroom enlarged and closet added.
Lisa and Phillip’s next renovation adventure includes tearing down the existing garage and
carport and building a 3-car garage with an apartment above.
House 4: The Reed – Gray and Perdue House, 4451 Seminole Drive
4451 Seminole Drive was originally built to house the dental office of Dr. Glenn Reed, Jr.
Dr. Reed and his wife Bronzie Arnold lived next door. In later years the structure was
modified and became a single family residence with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a basement.
After sitting empty for over a year, Kimber Gray and Robbie Perdue purchased the property,
knowing the home needed major renovations, but couldn’t resist the location and all that
Acworth offered. During the long renovation process, the Perdues camped in an RV parked
behind the house. Working hard, the couple took the house down to its studs and created an
inviting, open floor plan. In addition to a new kitchen, they added a beautiful, vaulted ceiling to
the living room area. With dreams of front porch gatherings, the couple expanded the front
porch and it turned into one of the most inviting spots in the neighborhood. Future plans include
completing a basement apartment and master suite addition.
House 5: The Blakely House, 4462 Lemon Street Extension
2020 Modern Farmhouse
Lori and Steve Blakely built this stunning new home in the modern farmhouse style that boasts
10 ft ceilings for the main floor, 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths, a detached garage, a screened porch
with an outdoor fireplace, plus a guest cottage. The spacious master features 12 ft ceilings, a
luxurious bath with a free-standing claw foot tub, walk in tiled shower and dual vanities.
Lori was born and raised in Acworth and attended Acworth Elementary (now McCall), Awtrey,
and North Cobb High School. Her husband Steve was raised off Whitlock Avenue in Marietta
and the two met in high school and have been married for 39 years and they have 3 children and
The property was purchased from Lori’s aunt, Carol Show, who lives next door in the brick
house. The Blakely’s found the perfect floor plan and a great builder and the result is this, their
House 6: The Howe-Lyon’s Home, 4765 Logan Road
c.1890 Victorian Cottage
In 2003 the Howe family found this 1890’s Victorian cottage and engaged Mayor Thomas Allegood and Christopher
Sullivan to restore it for them. Mrs. Howe was born and raised in Virginia and the house reminded her of the
Virginia country side. Once the structure was completely gutted and studs exposed, the Howe’s had the opportunity
to create their own floor plan. They added closets, a pantry, new windows, insulation, and re-wired and plumbed the
house. The master bath addition of 100 sf allowed for a closet, vanity and a free-standing claw foot tub, plus a 2-car
detached garage was added. Everything was new with the exception of the original siding and fireplaces.
In 2019 the Lyons submitted an offer on the home without even seeing it in person. Looking to downsize, Patrice
and Jeff fell in love with the downtown area. To the farmhouse they added a three-season porch with a fireplace,
installed new kitchen counter tops, and made additions to the landscaping. Future plans include a garage apartment
for guests, and further upgrades to the landscaping.
Bonus House: Cottage 4113 at Holbrook Cottages at Acworth
Cottage 4113 will be open from 12:00-5:00. Stop by for a tour and a snack. Holbrook Acworth opened in September 2019 as an active adult community featuring 181 apartments and 26 cottages. The Holbrook offers resort style living for empty nesters.