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Historic and Authentic Antebellum Plantation

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Valley View is a magnificent example of high style antebellum architecture. The main house is accompanied by historic outbuildings including a smokehouse, detached kitchen, and water tower. Formal boxwood gardens—a common feature among the well-to-do of the antebellum South—flank the front walk and are as old as the house itself. Aside from updating the house for modern systems of plumbing, gas, and electricity, and converting a few of the rooms to new uses, the house has seen very little change to its interior and almost no change to its exterior structure since before the Civil War. Even finishes and details on the woodwork, the plaster walls, window treatments, and the historic boxwood gardens remain well preserved and are key components to Valley View’s significance. Valley View Farm is located in the Etowah River Valley region of northwest Georgia, between the towns of Cartersville and Rome. The region was primarily occupied by Cherokee Indians, until the early nineteenth century when several small towns and communities of white settlers developed along the Etowah River. According to family records held by the family—Valley View’s current owners and descendants of James Sproull—when he arrived from South Carolina in the 1840s, Sproull acquired the property on which Valley View was built from his brother-in-law, Wade Cothran, an early settler in Rome, Georgia. The owners believe the original deed was lost when the Cass County Courthouse in Cassville was burned during the Civil War. All other deeds and property ownership transfer information have been thoroughly researched and documented by the family. According to the family, the house was built over a seven-year period. Although various documentary sources provide conflicting dates, investigative evidence suggests construction was completed around 1847-1848. The existing outbuildings on the property kitchen, weaving room, smokehouse, well – were completed by the 1850s, according to the owners’ records. Although the style of the main house is Greek Revival, the family believes, and evidence suggests, that some of the major Greek Revival elements were added after the completion of the original construction. Today, Valley View comprises 275 acres and remains a working farm with a cattle and calf operation as well as row crops. It is one of only a few antebellum homes in Georgia that has remained under continuous family ownership throughout the course of its existence. Valley View is currently owned by the fifth generation of James Caldwell Sproull’s family line. Since 2009, a conservation easement of the eighty acres surrounding the home has been held by the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, thereby protecting the historic landscape. Maintenance of the property is continuously sustained by the owners. Cartersville, GA is about 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta.

Category and style

House

Creole, Georgian/Southern, Greek/Neoclassical

Parking

Private parking for 50 cars

Truck / motorhome on site parking: On property

Location details

Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
1
Property size (sq ft):
4200 sq ft
Lot size:
2888888 sq ft

Location Rules

No adult filming
No smoking
No alcohol

Features

Modern Bathroom
High Ceiling
Ornate Doors
Wood Doors
Gravel/Dirt Driveway
Long Driveway
Asphalt/Concrete Driveway
Backyard
Balcony
Columns
Courtyard
Front yard
Large Grounds
Stable/Corral
Walkway
Bathroom Fireplace
Brick Fireplace
Fireplace With Mantle
Large Fireplace
Rustic Fireplace
Stone Fireplace
Dark Wood Floor
English Garden
Large Yard
Lush/Manicured Yard
Workshop
Bright Kitchen
Chef's Kitchen
Country Kitchen
Front Porch
Patio
Wrap-Around Porch
Equestrian
Grand/Bifurcated/Double Stairs
Valley View
Brick Walls
Pond/Stream/Creek
Hinged/Casement Windows
Sash/Up And Down/Hung Windows
Transom Window
Location
Exact location provided after booking