This charming folk Victorian cottage was apparently built sometime between 1886 when Minnie Few purchased the lot and 1909 when she sold the house to Nora Emerson, who moved to town from the Martin District in rural Morgan county. Miss Emerson lived there until she died in 1924.
Over the ensuing years the house passed through numerous hands and was for a time divided into rental units. After World War II commercial development crept north along Main Street wiping out several old houses similar to this one and threatening others. Luckily, the Piggly-Wiggly store across Burney Street (now office and residential units) marked the end of the northward creep, and the rest of North Main now remains residential for a long stretch.
This home’s gable-and-wing façade with a gingerbread-enhanced front porch and central hall reflects a plan common in turn-of-the-century Madison. A previous owner rehabilitated the structure and restored it to single-family status. The current owner, Connie Hughes, obtained it in 2017 and continued restoration and expansion. Ms. Hughes has expanded the house to the rear and made it more livable while carefully maintaining the cottage’s historic character inside and out. The wide central hall extends all the way back to a new screen porch. The four main rooms of the original structure are now two bedrooms on the left with a den and dining room on the right. All four rooms have fireplaces with original mantles and surrounds. The floors and bead board are also original.
The kitchen is functionally modern but century old in ambiance featuring a custom handmade island. The vaulted ceiling screen porch opens to a lovely back yard with a garden plot at the back.