[See photos of the Carriage House dedication below the article.]
The carriage house is located directly behind the Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian-style home on Webster Street. It was built probably in the 1880s of brick, 12 inches thick with a 4-inch void in between and a Mansard style roof line. The building has two large doors, one facing north and the other facing south, which allowed the doctor to bring his horse and carriage in one door and go out the other. Also, one side door faces East. The hay loft was accessed by a stairway and extended completely across the inside of the building.
In the 1930s, the carriage house was turned into two apartments by John Wigfield, the owner. It was a rental property until the 1990s. The house and carriage house were donated in August 2003 to the Henry County Historical Society by Ben and Graceann Reese, who purchased the property and buildings with the intent of converting them into commercial property. At that time and until 2007, the carriage house was used for storage. On July 2, 2008, the restoration started, and the official dedication and ribbon cutting took place on July 25, 2009. The carriage house is now a museum, in which our visitors will find many of Henry County’s artifacts, including a surrey with the fringe on top, Henry County Courthouse chandelier, a general store, many Indian artifacts, military and medical items, and much, much more.
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