Splendor once. Now in need of a little help. Old house in White County Arkansas.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Don't you just love it when you're driving along and see something interesting?

Kinda unbelievable so that you have to stop and look?

And take a picture?

I did.

This old house must have a history and the history must have some people with class because this house appears to have been a real beauty.

Old House White County Ar

It has as many rooflines as the modern houses have.  Gables here and gables there and a nice little dormer in the front.  Some happy kids probably looked down from that dormer.

I'm going to let the Searcy Sleuths see if they can locate it and give me any history. 

Comments (17)

Anita Fuller

You are going to have to play fair, Barbara!   The title of this is White County house.  We are SEARCY SLEUTHS....

Jul 09, 2011 11:49 AM
Michael Kitsch
Coldwell Banker - Katy, TX
Well, the house certainly has a lot of stories to tell. I would be happy to hear just one.
Jul 09, 2011 12:35 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, hint, hint.....if I say White County house it is probably NOT in Searcy.  But you wild ones surely visited other towns in White County.

Cheryl, I'd like some stories too.


Jul 09, 2011 02:25 PM
Anita Fuller

Actually I didn't do much hanging around in our neighboring towns.....no transportation, PLUS all our White County friends came to SEARCY to shop and visit!   I do remember sneaking my grandmother's car and going to Judsonia....of course I told her I was just going across town to visit my friend, Judy Rice.   I unhooked the speedometer before I left and hooked it back up when I got back.   To my knowledge never went to Beebe, Bald Knob, Garner.  Senior year I did spend a lot of time in Griffithville, visiting a friend.  I don't think this house is in Griff. as we called it. Sure do like it, though.

Jul 10, 2011 02:35 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm with Anita. If it isn't in Searcy, no tikee no laundry. There were some nice gabled houses in Searcy. I remember installing a T.V. antenna on a house like the one pictured. It was a challenge to get it up on a 30 ft. pole.

Anita, so that's how you started your life of crime.

Jul 10, 2011 07:41 AM
Luke Jones
Garver - Little Rock, AR


But sadly I don't know anything about it...

Jul 12, 2011 04:16 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, that's the wildest thing I have heard of.  How did you jerk the speedometer out and then reconnect.  I didn't know you could do that.  One of my friends once said she considered driving somewhere and then driving back in reverse and then the speedometer would show no trip.  That has also always puzzled me???

Mary, I tried to picture that in my mind.  Nice!

Don, I'll bet the installation of those old TV antennas was pretty dangerous.  They were a status symbol, though, weren't they.

Luke, you got it.  Kensett is the home of this home.  Kensett is also the home of the Mills family which ended up very famous with Wilbur.  I don't know if it was in his family.

Ludean, I could swear you once had this house listed when you were a real estate agent. 


Jul 12, 2011 07:42 AM
Anita Fuller

If I were made to guess, I would have said Kensett or Judsonia.   And again, growing up, I never had any friends in Kensett and so never went there, except to the picture show.  I don't think ANY of my friends had Kensett friends, nor did we date Kensett boys!

It evidently wasn't very hard to unhook or unscrew the speedometer!  I didn't JERK it out, just unhooked it.  Ask Dude....I'll bet he can tell you how it was done in those days.  Grandmother had a little Ford coupe, probaby '49 or '50.  It had a cloth around the steering wheel and a knob to turn the wheel easier.   I thought that was really cool.

Jul 12, 2011 08:50 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita!  Now I see!  You are the reason they made that law for dealers and perhaps everyone else that they could not roll back the speedometers!!  A little girl in Searcy AR just beginning her life of crime (per Don) caused vast changes in how business was done! 

Jul 12, 2011 08:57 AM
Anita Fuller

So THAT is my claim to fame!  I could have done worse.  Is it the Anita Hart Law for unlawful speedometer rollback?

To set the record straight:  I didn't roll back the speedometer, just unhooked to so as to NOT record the miles I was putting on it driving to Judsonia.

Get a new blog!  Challenge us Sleuths once more....but stay in Searcy!

Jul 13, 2011 01:59 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Barbara, growing up one of the bedrooms in the house had a dormer for a large closet.  With the door closed this place was a fortress to oversee the world from.

Jul 13, 2011 02:50 AM
Mark Rippy

Mrs. Barbara, can you tell us where in Kensett this house is. I've been looking on Google Earth, and have had no luck at all in finding it. Thank you, and I can just imagine this place in its hayday, it looks like it was amazing.

Jul 13, 2011 03:58 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Charles, I'll bet you loved it up there!!  The old house has so many memories, I feel sure.

Mark Rippy, walk Plateau Street.  It's at the end of Apple Street where Apple meets Plateau.  It's the old one on a street of newer houses.  I just did Googlemaps and found it but my picture is better.  LOL

Jul 13, 2011 02:11 PM
Mark Rippy

Mrs. Barbara, thank you so much, I found it, and you're right, your picture is mucho better than the google mans. I tell ya, I just can't get enough of your blog. Begining a history nerd, it's right up my alley. LOL. Take care.

Jul 14, 2011 02:58 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mark Rippy, thanks a whole bunch!!

Jul 14, 2011 11:51 AM
Garrick Brown

I believe that's down off of Grand in McRae

Feb 18, 2015 12:19 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Garrick, it is in Kensett and shortly after this picture was taken someone bought it and brought it back to life and made it look good!

Feb 18, 2015 02:00 AM

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