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Genealogy Library Gallery

With the permission of the gentleman who has leased the property obtained a slow methodical step by step work toward restoration will begin. My  immediate family, my husband, son, son-in-law, daughter, in a labor of love will be paying for the preliminary work:   brochure, mowing, cleaning, painting, weed control spraying etc.

There will be a sign placed at the corner in Grainola which sets on the highway. It is five miles away. Hopefully this will catch the attention of anyone passing.  I have no doubts as to having people there. That part of the place's history is written into the vibrations of it. Small signs pointing the way.  A sign at the entrance,  "No insurance yet.  Enter at your own risk."  

First things first.  Spraying of the weeds with a herbicide to kill the roots before any mowing is done. First step of mowing will be paths to the old well, the cement pad for the old garage, and, of course, to the rock porch at the front of the house.  

The windows and doors must be boarded up.  The wood at the back of the front porch, on the front of the house must be painted.  Plain white is what the house originally was  with no contrasting color on the trim. 

Art work carried there for exhibit from two to four Sunday afternoon will be hung on the back of the old stone porch.  Parts of the floor of the porch have been vandalized and some sort of solution to make it a smooth surface will need to be considered.  There is a gentleman who installs cedar floors for outdoor porches and he suggested this be done.

After these basic things are accomplished meetings will begin to be held with the local people, probably on Sunday afternoon in order to talk about fund raising projects.  The roof over the front porch needs to be replaced, in fact, the total roof, but the front porch first.  

A person who does hazardous cleaning will have to be hired for the interior before anyone can be allowed inside the house.

Brochure Old Jones Place

The Artist, Donna Jones Flood is the granddaughter, niece and daughter of the men who originally built The Old Jones Place.

These Jones's were descendants of the Jones's out of Jonesboro, Georgia. Yes, that “Gone With the Wind” location.

This estate was built in 1920.  Originally there were two tenant caretaker homes, three car garage, a large airy chicken house with lift up windows to cool the birds in the summer, a large dairy barn, a big corrugated metal hay barn where the tack was stored also, a well house, and a small stone creamery. 

The stone wall at the back is one hundred feet long and over six feet tall.  The artist's father, Lee Otis Jones,  picked up the stone off the 80 acre pasture created a meadow which has been used for hay production for many years.  He used a wheelbarrow and pry bar to pick up the stone in order to build the wall.  He also did the heavy work on this rock porch. The old stone chimneys he did also.  On an adjoining leased land he built a house for the “fairies” as Bellzona, his Mother requested.  The watershed down  from that he also built. It is no longer functioning.

The place stayed fully furnished and was used as a guest house for many years. The Old Strike Ax Ranch on the next section is where the artist's father and his family lived.

Seed money from the Artist's sales will be used to initiate a restoration of this historic Jones Place hopefully for the use as a Genealogical Library and as a place to exhibit the saved Antique photographs of the family dating back to 1700's.

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