Coffeeville, Alabama House | Circa 1904
There’s that one house you grew up in that you remember being huge, but looks small when you drive by now. It’s the house you lost your first
tooth in, welcomed home your baby sister in, and learned how to use your dad’s tools in. We all have that house. That house is more than a house. It’s a
home. It’s a hard drive full of memories.
Our Coffeeville house was that home to 4 generations and 14 children of its respective family. When we found it, it had been vacant since the 1990’s, and
was in a state of disrepair. After recently being purchased, the property’s new owner wanted the house gone from their land, but did not want to see it
bulldozed since they knew of its history and sentimental value. After hearing its story and getting the tour, we knew right away it was a good candidate
for us to save.
At almost 2,000 square feet, it had been added on to multiple times as the family grew. All the additions were done before the town of Coffeeville
received electricity in 1935. This means every board was cut with a hand saw, and every hole was drilled with a hand drill. Well before the days of Sheetrock,
all walls, ceilings and floors were covered with tongue and groove paneling. The tens of thousands of nails that held these boards up were all hammer driven.
The amount of labor that went into building a house during this era is hard to imagine today with the large contracted teams and unlimited power tools that are
used. Its when we start taking each board down one at a time that we can get a glimpse at the sweat it must have taken.
From the scarred oval worn into the floorboards from the dining chairs, to the initials carved into the front porch handrails, the walls of this house have served
and seen a lot over the last 100 years. We will keep these stories alive and share them through our handmade furniture.
The Coffeeville Collection