By Carol Paterson
When the Prime Timers named their October event “A Day in the Country,” the intent was to create a relaxing day away from the city. In farming communities, days of relaxation came after everyone had worked together.
Our plan for the Prime Timers’ trip to Rossville is to gather friends for food, fun and fellowship reminiscent of “Sunday Dinner on the Grounds.” Join us as we return to another era this Saturday in the Rossville Historic District to slow and see God’s creation in the rm landscapes and to build relationships. Thank you to Alice and Phil Hollis for this opportunity to experience a rural Southern afternoon.
The Rossville Historic District was listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Its significance is regional settlement and architecture of 1870-1950. The following information was taken from the NPS Historic Place application.
During the Civil War, Rossville was a Union encampment for three years. Many of the antebellum homes and buildings were destroyed. Flooding in 1864 ruined any homes that survived the war. In the 1870s, the town began rebuilding as residential and commercial businesses grew southward from the railroad tracks.
Buildings in the historic area exemplify the development of a rural Southern town from the Victorian Era up to the 1950s. Many of the homes are based on the early folk houses of Tennessee but dressed with stylistic features common to the Victorian period. They include Queen Anne, Gothic Revival and Colonial Revival influences. The only Greek-Revival- influenced building is the Boyd-Hollis Home at 440 Main.
Several homes along Main Street including 240, 250 and 270 have Colonial Revival features, including one-story porches with Doric columns.
The best example of Gothic Revival influences is the Methodist Church. The Warr House, 165 Second St., has Queen Anne features as do the homes at 360 and 315 Main.
The architecture underwent several periods of development. Events that brought change include the completion of the railroad, the invention of the cotton gin and the fire of 1922. Homes rebuilt after the fire reflected the Craftsman era and new one-story commercial buildings. The bungalow at 105 Second St. and the four-square at 375 Main St. have typical Craftsman features.
The Rossville Historic District includes styles and patterns from the Victorian era, from 1870-1910, and the Craftsman era, from 1905-1930. These periods coincided with the growth of Rossville as a mercantile, industrial and transportation center for the surrounding agricultural community.
Arrive at the Hollis's, 440 Main Street, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets to picnic on the lawn. Lunch will also be available at the Original Wolf River Café. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Spend the rest of the day strolling through the historic district, enjoying the Hollis's art collection and taking in the quiet of the countryside.
Bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. Prime Timers are roughly 55 and over.