ACES Holiday Tour of Homes
Sunday, December 2 from 2 to 7 pm


ACES Holiday Tour of Homes

12/1/2018 ~ by Lorrie L. Shaw

The Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter (ACES), provider of temporary and long-term residential placement and care for boys and girls ages 11-18, invites you to attend the first annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Jasper on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

The Proctor home at 513 S. Main St., one of the five featured homes on the tour, 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 and, for this year only, for the Aces South Main Tour of Homes.

Tickets on the day of the event are $30. \Free shuttle service will be available from the parking lots at First Baptist Church, Jasper United Methodist Church, behind Mountain Education (former Jasper Middle School) and behind Revive Us Again.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the green space – all proceeds benefit ACES.

For more information about becoming involved with ACES, email or call 706 253 2375.