Sun. Nov 7th- Fred and I spent this afternoon touring Edgewood Plantation in Farmerville, located on Hwy 2 (going towards Bernice) close to Lake D’Arbonne State Park. Edgewood was built in 1902 by J.D. Baughman, one of the founding families of Farmerville. This house originally sat on 3,000 acres which were farmed in timber, cotton and hogs. Since the early 1900’s, the Baughman family has owned a number of businesses in town, including a pharmacy, and one of the Baughman grandsons is currently our Mayor.
Edgewood had remained in the Baughman family since 1902, but had been unoccupied for a number of years, falling prey to looting and the weather. Last year a developer from Monroe bought Edgewood to save it from being torn down. Presently, the new owners, Pat and Kay Carroll, are in the process of renovating and restoring this old home with plans to open as a Bed & Breakfast in Feb. 2012.
Edgewood was built on elevated foundations, with magnificent porches all around.
The house sports wonderful ‘gingerbread’ detailing.
The rock foundations were made from a locally found iron ore.
This front parlor room will be used for weddings and receptions or other special occasions.
This will be one of the guest rooms when it is finished. The walls all have wood lathe that were originally painted, then wall papered over.
This is the only remaining wood fireplace mantles. Much of the original wood work had been taken, as had many of the doors and windows.
This is the ceiling of one room which has been finished…..it hints of the elegance that will be coming.
It is wonderful to see a part of the local history being preserved. I can’t wait until this B & B is open for business. February 2012….Hmmm…...might be a good place to celebrate those February birthdays………. : )