|City/Town: • Florence
|Location Class: • Residential
|Built: • 1878 | Abandoned: • N/A
|Status: • Abandoned • Private Property
|Photojournalist: • Mike Spivey
This abandoned homestead located seemingly out in the middle of nowhere depicts a stone engraved above a window, ‘Doctor W.B. Jones 1878’. The Doctor W.B. Jones Home belonged to William B. Jones a Kentucky native born on May 5, 1836. While he started his profession a bit late he went on to St. Louis Missouri for college to study medicine and become a doctor. He graduated with title in 1879 at 43 years old.
This rather large house for the period would have accommodated Dr. Jones, his wife Sarah and some of their seven sons. While there isn’t a ton of records available to detail their time spent here it seems they stayed in this homestead while Dr. W.B. Jones practiced in nearby Florence.
In 1881, newspaper reports showed the prominent Doctor had sold his “well-improved” farm to John H. Moore for $6,000 which would be equivalent to $179,000 today. A steal for a property that large with a house, barn and land.
After this period little is documented about the home, Michael ODell wrote that his grandparents lived on the property in the 1950s. Others seem to have referred to it as the “Savage Place”.
Currently, it’s owned by Doyle Creek Cattle Co., and while they have no future plans for the home its a marvel that paints their landscape.
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Gallery Below of Doctor W.B. Jones Home
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