The Proctor Home is one of five stops on this year’s tour.
The Aces Youth Home (ACES), will hold its second annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Jasper. Presented by Piedmont Mountainside, this year’s tour will take place on Saturday, December 7th from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm. The tour this year will feature five decorated homes down South Main Street and a final stop which includes an open house at the Southern Appalachian Folk School in the former Sharptop Arts building.
Our featured home for this week will include The Proctor Home now owned by Sonny and Karen Proctor. The Proctor home at 513 S. Main St. is rich in the history of Jasper and Pickens County. Land deals, romance, shootings, and moonshine all are part of her history. Built in 1921, five years before the Tate House, and designed by Atlanta architectural firm Burge and Stevens for R.L. McLain, a local business man and entrepreneur, the Colonial Revival home has architectural details like Georgia Marble sills, thresholds and parapet caps, a slate roof, and intricate metal cornices. When Mr. McClain got caught up in a Florida land deal gone bad, he tried to take his own life. Initially a tenant on the property was charged with attempted murder, but the owner of the Brady House, now three doors down, had seen McClain shoot himself. He survived, but lost the property in the meantime, and for the next several years it was the home of famed “revenuer” Duff Floyd. His wife Marjorie personally told Dr. Proctor of toting coal for the furnace when Duff broke his neck after crashing his plane while scouting for stills.
Eventually the house was purchased by the Virginia Moore family, added onto in the back, incorporating the old brick generator shed into the floor plan, and covering the original hand dug well. During this era many local residents rented rooms in the back part of the house. Eventually, the house was purchased by local legend Freddy Stancil, and he and Janice raised their four girls here. Freddy built the pool (and the one at Bent Tree) and brought the house to life as the social hub of Jasper with his beautiful daughters.
The Proctors bought the house in 1995 and have painstakingly restored it, added a local landscape mural in the dining room done by George McLaughlin, a solid Cherry paneled den in the Federal style, including a Rumford fireplace, and the pool house, designed by Dr. Proctor himself. Known for the gardens in all seasons, the old house is at her best at Christmas time, dressed in green and red in celebration of the birth of Christ. Cressets are burned out front every Christmas Eve.
Our event this year coincides with the 13th Annual Night of Lights Christmas parade down Main Street. Stay in downtown and use your ticket stub on the day of the tour to receive a 10% discount at The Mule House, Smokin Mo’s BBQ, Lollidrops Sweet Shoppe, Designs on Main and Coco’s Cottage.
The mission of ACES Youth Home is to provide temporary and long-term residential placement and care for both boys and girls ages 11-18. We provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for youths who have been victims of abuse or neglect. We help children discover their strengths and learn to cope with the crises in their lives. We strive to recognize the value and dignity of each individual we serve. Donations can be mailed to ACES Youth Home, 133 Cares Drive, Jasper, GA 30143.