Visit the Beautiful Home of Rev. Samuel P. Jones

Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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You can tour the elegant residence of famed revivalist Samuel Porter Jones in the charming city of Cartersville. Learn all about the families that have called this mansion home and the importance of several other notable city residents. From the beautiful roses to the stunning architecture, Rose Lawn is a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

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In the 1860s, local merchant Nelson Gilreath built a small one-story home near downtown Cartersville. The quaint house was his residence for several years and in 1872, Gilreath made the attic into extra bedrooms to house all of this family.

As Sam Jones became popular in his famed evangelist traveling sermons, he decided his growing family needed a place to live in his hometown of Cartersville. In the early 1880s, Jones and his wife purchased the one-story home. Shortly after, he had a two-story wing added to the back of the house. However, this still was not big enough!

In 1895, Jones had the home raised. The two-story house that existed was lifted to build another larger floor below.  At the time the house was raised, it only cost $110.00. It was at this time, the house was expanded and decorated to match its current appearance. The first floor was granted 12-foot ceilings with 10-foot-tall double doors adjoining rooms. This house was designed to show off the grandeur of the Victorian era.

Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia
Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

The Jones family named the house Rose Lawn, for all his wife Laura’s beautiful roses she had planted around the property. At one point, there were approximately 200 rose bushes scattered throughout the landscaped lawn.

When Sam passed away in 1906, his body was shown in the front parlor of the mansion beneath the window. It was said that people from all over came to pay their respects to the great Sam Jones. He was later buried at the nearby Oak Hill Cemetery.

Read more about Samuel P. Jones and his connection to Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium here.

Sam’s wife Laura loved Rose Lawn and remained at the residence until her death in 1926. The following year, the property was sold by their children to a couple named Emried Dargon Cole and Marie Gilreath. After Emried passed away, Marie remarried twice after to Madison Bell and then Guy Parmenter. Marie loved to travel the world and would bring back to Rose Lawn her numerous collectibles from Europe and across America. Marie added the elevator and reflecting pool to the grounds.

Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

After Marie Parmenter passed away in 1968, the house was threatened after being abandoned. The house was far too large and expensive to upkeep for most buyers to even consider. After being vandalized and damaged by various trespassers, the house was saved in 1973. The people of Cartersville put together a fund and were able to successfully save the home and place the house on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since 1978, Bartow County has owned and operated the house as a museum. The museum was meant to not only exhibit the beautiful mansion, but also share with visitors the lives of its notable residents. The museum also has information on Rebecca Latimer Felton who was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and who had lived in the Cartersville area.

At one point, there were multiple buildings on site, but today all that remains is the main house, carriage house and a small school building.

Plan Your Visit

Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
Rose Lawn, Cartersville, Georgia | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Rose Lawn Museum is located at 224 W Cherokee Avenue in Cartersville, Georgia.

For current hours and admission, please visit the official website here.

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