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Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 22 Oct 2008 2:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have learned so much, that I felt compelled to start a new thread with updated information:

I finally have accurate information regarding "The Home". I was a resident from 1951 - 1956 along with one brother. Mrs. Chapman was the matron of The Southern Christian Home at the time. We were adopted into a wonderful family and in 1967 I contacted Mrs. Chapman, who gave me a telephone number for a minister who had often visited me at "The Home" and he contacted my birth mother and asked her permission to give me her telephone number. She said it was okay and in 1968 I met my birth mother and extended family. I have two additional half brothers and two half sisters that I was unaware of.

The Southern Christian Home was once a beautiful plantation home belonging to Augustus Hurt. It was of historical importance during the Civil War because it was occupied by General Sherman during the Battle of Atlanta. It was torn down and today it is the site of the Carter Presidential Library. A historical marker is in the parking lot of the Carter Center which marks the plantation and house location.

I received the following information from the Atlanta History Center:

"Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Southern Christian Home.

You are correct that the home was located at 1011 Cleburne Avenue and it was formerly the residence of Augustus Hurt. According to an historical marker at the Carter Presidential Library, "200 yards northeast stood the plantation residence of Augustus F. Hurt (1830-1921), built 1858 and razed by Federal Forces, 1864."
http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/gahistmarkers/hurthousehi...

According to John Adams' obituary (Adams was a former president of the home) in the April 16, 1999 Atlanta Journal Constitution, the home was moved to a location on Briarcliff Road in the 1960s before closing in the 1980s.

I hope this helps somewhat.

Regards,
Sue VerHoef
Reference Manager | Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
p | 404.814.4042 f | 404.814.4175
e | sverhoef@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com"

According to Jim Struve, a former employee of The Southern Christian Home, "The Southern Christian Children's home was relocated to Briarcliff Road (I believe the address was 914 Briarcliff Rd, N.E. - it was next to Callanwolde). It changed names and became Laurel Heights Hospital sometime in the 1980's or 1990's."

I want to thank all those people who have helped me get updated information.

I would like to get a picture of The Southern Christian Home/Augustus Hurt House if anyone has such a thing.

I would like to make contact with anyone who was ever a resident.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 24 Oct 2008 12:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here is additional research information:

"I did a little more checking into the sources that our volunteers used to research the Southern Christian Home and the early history of the building in which the home was located is a bit murky. I'm afraid the information we gave you earlier this week is not correct. The history of the Southern Christian Home, written by the Disciples Benevolent Services and available on their website at: http://www.nbacares.org/inasmuch1.pdf states, "it was situated in a rented house, next in (sic) an old, decrepit hotel with 22 rooms and then, in 1919, in an historic building used by General Sherman as headquarters during the Civil War. It was not until 1929 that this home occupied its long-anticipated permanent new building." (page 16)



While may be true that the Augustus Hurt home was used as a headquarters by Sherman, his forces razed the home in 1864 (see the text of the historical marker at this site:http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/gahistmarkers/hurthousehi...) so it would have been impossible for the home to be located in the Hurt house because it didn't exist in 1919.



My best guess is that the Southern Christian Home was originally located in an historic building in the vicinity of the Hurt home and over time, the particulars just got a little fuzzy.



I hope this helps a little and I apologize for passing on inaccurate information. When I went to search for photographs of the Hurt home and the Southern Christian Home (I was unable to find photos of either building), something about the information we had given you just didn't sit right with me so I decided to search a little further.



Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.



Regards,

Sue VerHoef

Reference Manager | Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
p | 404.814.4042 f | 404.814.4175
e | sverhoef@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com"



This is an email I received afterwards:

"I'm so sorry for this confusion! It's entirely possible that Sherman used the Hurt home and then razed it when he left Atlanta. We know for sure that the Hurt home was located near the present day Carter Presidential Library. From your description, it sounds like the Southern Christian Home was indeed located in an historic building of some sort--you've really got me intrigued now! ;-) I have placed a call to the archives director at the Carter Library--as soon as he returns my call, I'll see what information he might be able to provide about the Southern Christian Home. I'd be surprised if he hasn't already answered similar queries--we get so many requests for information about what was located here before our complex was built.



I promise I'll write as soon as I hear back from him. Thank you for being so patient--I promise I'll get some answers for you!



sue"



This is the final outcome:

"--when she was looking to answer your original question, my volunteer found an article published when a former president of the home, John Adams, passed away in 1999 but the information given about the home was based on the recollection of family members and can't be considered completely factual. I would say the same for the information on the DBS website as well. Without proper citation, such historical information really becomes nothing more than a good story rather than an established fact.

I did hear back from the Carter Library; the gentleman did tell me that his best estimate is that the Southern Christian Home was located about 400-500 yards from the library on the corner of present day Cleburne and Highland Avenues, but he was unable to provide any more information than what we've come up with already. That location would not have been the Hurt home, so it's clear that the Southern Christian Home was in a different building.

What I can tell you is that we have the Atlanta Journal and the Constitution back to the 1860s-1880s respectively, as well as city directories back to 1867. We have a large map collection and a number of other sources that might be helpful to research the home. I'm afraid, however, that I just can't spare the staff time to conduct any more research than what we've come up with already, and I'm so sorry! It's a fascinating sleuth, but to go any further, we'd be required to collect research fees. We would be more than happy to help you if you could visit us in person, though!

I'm so sorry I can't be of more help, but please do feel free to contact me if you'd like to come visit us and pursue this further.

sue"



Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 5 Nov 2009 2:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: sharon wheat
I was in the childrens home from 1965 to 1979. It was at 934 Briarcliff Rd and Ms. Chapman was there when I was young in the 60s. In the 1990s is when it became Laural Heigts. I d have pictures of this home, but have seen pictures f the old home in news paper archives. I will see what I can find for you. If anyone else was there, i would love to hear from you. I am putting togeter a reunion for all of us in cottage 3 with our house parents.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 8:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was a resident there from 1953-1963 along with 2 of my sister and a younger brother. Love to chat with you sometime we probably know some of the same people.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 24 Apr 2010 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Nancy L.
Found your note on Southern Christian Home. I was sad to learn it was no
longer in existence. Mrs. Chapman was there at the same time. I attended
the University of Georgia in 63 and lost contact later. Most of the children were younger, and we may not remember the same people. The Bradley children you
may remember. Do you recall anyone during that time?
Sincerely, Nancy L.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 24 Apr 2010 6:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Nancy L.
Found your note on Southern Christian Home. I was sad to learn it was no
longer in existence. Mrs. Chapman was there at the same time. I attended
the University of Georgia in 63 and lost contact later. Most of the children were younger, and we may not remember the same people. The Bradley children you
may remember. Do you recall anyone during that time?
Sincerely, Nancy L.
Made a mistake on Email....nancysfancy1@comcast.net

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 24 Apr 2010 2:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've been in touch with Dennis McKee. He was there 1950 - 1958. He has contacts with a lot of the kids from that era. He also has pictures. I really don't remember any of the kids. I must have blocked it out. I remember events and that's it. I don't remember any people except for Mrs. Chapman.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 24 Apr 2010 2:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry about being slow to reply. My son (USMC) was here to visit for a week, getting ready to deploy. I want to get the kids from the home onto Facebook. I started a Group there. I want to upload pictures etc. as soon as I find the time. Maybe we can all keep in touch and maybe some memories will return!

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 25 Apr 2010 2:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surprised!!! I remember Denis..Very cute with blonde hair..Curly, I think.
He had two older sisters, Joyce and Gail. Nancy L.

Re: Southern Christian Home, 1011 Cleburne Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 25 Apr 2010 5:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Understand, you must be very proud of your son. Tell him I said thanks for his service.I don't remember Dennis, he may have been older than me. I definateley remember the Bradley's. Jody and I were in communication until a couple of years ago. She came to Atlanta, from Florida, for a convention and we meet for lunch. I talked to Kenneth Wooldridge some months back (he had a sister Loretta). Some of the older Boy's I do remember are Ronnie Henry, Carl McMillian, and Johnny Gainey. My birth name is not the same as my email account. I was adopted by my stepfather. My name when I was in the home was Digsby, Skip. My sisters are Sarah and Becky. Some of the boys my age would have been, Richard Lybrand, Larry King, Charlie Kinyon, Dale Harris etc. Maybe some of those will ring a bell. I would love to help if you do a Facebook account, I have some pictures as well and maybe I can round up Jody again. She was in contact with several people as well. Jody had hopes of rounding up enough people to have a reunion. Who knows it could happen! Take care and keep in touch. Skip
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