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Grand Re-Opening: New Spfd Antique Barn Owners To Celebrate With Live Music & Refreshments
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – With over 30,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, the Springfield Antique Barn is one of the largest and well known antique malls in Tennessee. Under new ownership by David & Kathy DeRose, the process has begun to make it even grander.
The DeRose’s acquired the mall in May but have already made big strides. Starting with climate control, video security, air-conditioning, new bathrooms, and a brand new loading dock and the husband and wife team say they have only just begun.
If you haven’t been to the Springfield Antique Barn lately, the minute you walk into the door you’ll notice the design and architectural changes almost immediately. The DeRose duo have designed and built an entirely new front checkout counter and added many new vendors. One tour downstairs and you’ll see about a 50 percent increase in new booths. It’s hard to believe anyone could fit more antiques in the mall but the DeRose’s have done just that. It’s a bit remarkable how much the DeRose’s have accomplished in such a short time. The look and feel is absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit if you have not been in a while.
The DeRose’s plan is to continue the improvements over the next year so each time you visit you’ll likely see something new. Vendors at the mall told Smokey Barn News that they are delighted with what the DeRose’s are doing and it’s attracting new vendors as well.
Restoration is nothing new for the DeRose’s, the team has taken on many other projects over the years and it’s clear they have an eye for preservation while adding needed improvements to a property. The DeRose’s tell Smokey Barn News they are committed to being a part of Springfield and Robertson County community. The duo has also recently acquired another local building. The building sits right across from the beautiful Robertson County Courthouse at 508 Main. Upgrades are being added to the property but the plan is to locate a tenant that can appreciate the building’s unique location. In fact, 508 Main is open for rent right now.
If you would like to meet the DeRose’s, they are hosting a Grand Re-opening event on Nov. 18th at 11:30 am. This will kick off ten days of festivities which will include Vendor sales, refreshments, live music and more.
The DeRose’s told Smokey Barn News that the focus will be to create a family-friendly sense of community within the historic building at 700 Willow St.
Smokey Barn News has added a ton of photos below to try and give you some idea of the changes that are going on at the Springfield Antique Barn but you really need to visit to capture the full scope of what the DeRose’s have accomplished.
The History of 700 Willow Street History
The Springfield Herald and Robertson County news.
Tax Assessor records give 1920 as the build date for 700 Willow, however, Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for 1921 shows two residences at the site. According to sources, J.W. Hayes may have built this building in 1923 with his son-in-law Turnley Rudolph as manager of the J.W. Hayes Tobacco Co.
July 1925, Deed book 78 page 112 and pg 146 shows J.W. Hayes & Turnley Rudolph purchasing this property.
1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map shows the building listed as J.W. Hayes Tobacco Co.
1935 City Directory lists J.W. Hayes Tobacco Co., Inc. at 700 Willow St. phone #569, T.T. Rudolph manager
1937 J.W. Hayes dies at Clarksville and his obituary says he owned the Company in Springfield and one in Clarksville Tennessee.
October 1937, Deed Book 88 pg. 419 J.W. Hayes Tobacco Co. deeds it to Mary Elizabeth Hayes.
1947 City Directory lists Hayes Tobacco Co., 700 Willow, phone 569
1948 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map shows the building listed as J.W. Hayes Tobacco Co.
1954 Mrs. J.W. Hayes/ Mary Elizabeth Anderson Hayes called “Lillie” dies at Clarksville
1957 City Directory lists Hayes Tobacco Co., Turnley Rudolph, 700 Willow, phone 569
1959 City Directory lists Hayes Tobacco Co., Turnley T. Rudolph, 700 Willow, phone 569
1961 City Directory – no listing for Hayes Tobacco, no listing for 700 Willow Street
1964 Deed Book 133 pg 146 and Deed Book 134 pg. 110 Springfield Housing Authority sells to The Tobacco Supply Co. which they had obtained via condemnation suit from the Estate of Lillie Hayes Montgomery (deceased daughter of J.W. & Mary Elizabeth Hayes) The condemnation suit was multiple parcels, multiple owners as part of Urban Renewal when owners did not agree to the price offered. NOT an indication of a building being condemned for structural problems.
1969 City Directory – no listing for 700 Willow. The Tobacco Supply Co. listed as 704 Willow
1973 City Directory – no listing for 700 Willow. The Tobacco Supply Co. listed as 704 Willow (This is the last City Directory made)
1992, Deed Book 313 pg. 775, The Tobacco Supply Co. sold to William Hadley, Jr.
2000, Record Book 630 pg. 130 Foreclosure by Farmers & Merchants Bank due to Hadley defaulting
2001, Record Book 702 pg. 201 Farmers & Merchants Bank to Janice & Max Nichols
2009, Record Book 1339 pg. 588 Janice Nichols deeded to Brett Nichols
2009, Record Book 1344 pg. 483 Brett Nichols deeded to Larry Whitworth, the most recent owner of the mall.
Source: Yolanda Reid Robertson, County Historian
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