1. What a beauty, a true Southern Mansion!!!!

  2. Lisa Bannister…Varner…your kinfolk? I’m impressed. Mine were more in the two room shanty variety..lol

  3. we have a couple of old homes in town that the owners refuse to sell at a reasonable price so they can be restored. The city will tear them down and charge destruction cost to their taxes. Doesn’t make sense.

  4. My Varner ancestors were actually Verner. My gg grandfather and some of his siblings began using Varner after some family land dispute while many of his siblings continued using Verner. So hard to tell on this without further digging. There is a Verner home in Tuscaloosa which was built by a known cousin. And of course Petigru /Pettigrew properties in Carolinas. Some shanties as well, Sandra Cotney Whitten!

  5. Drew Adams is this related to y’all.

  6. Since Varner was a plantation/slave owner, any idea which slave families actually “built” the home? I’m researching plantation owner and slave family last names in Macon County.

    1. I’m sorry. I have no other information about the plantation.

  7. Yes, matt’s granddaddy lived in that home at one time, then, across the street. That’s where truitt got his middle name, Varner. The knocker on our house now says Varner.

  8. My GGgrandmother was Sarah Jane Varner c. 1805 m. Gideon Wilbanks Oldest son was David Varner Wilbanks buried at Equality FUMC

  9. Sandra Cotney Whitten, Pettigrew State Park in North Carolina is named for one of my Verner grandmother’s family.

  10. Reminds me of Rogers Hall in Florence.

  11. I visited Union Springs yesterday, hoping to find such a house to purchase. They have some which are somewhat restored, but the whole area needs to be restored. You would have a retored home, next to a home which is crumbling on the ground. Sad state of affairs as a lot of the Tuskagee leaders also resided in Union Springs. I left there feeling sad.

  12. Been there last summer,beautiful,,,,,,,

  13. So glad – beautiful old home

  14. The Painted Lady picture above the mantle in one of the pictures is in my position and hangs in my home. Written in pencil on the frame backside states: last repaired 1912. The Varner and Smith families were great friends and community members.

    1. The picture is beautiful and so striking above the mantel. I’m glad it was saved. Thank you for letting us know. Donna

  15. I still remember some of the old homes and it is a shame that they fallen apart due top NEGLECT. If the people of Tuskegee hadn’t run scared when The Civil Rights Movement began we would still have a beautiful town with the old homes looking as beautiful as ever with all the pretty flowers. It was not my generation that left town it was our parents. Mine did not leave and still live in the same spot. I have posted a similar remark like this before and had many likes from it. Think back who had the problem not me, I went to school at Tuskegee High every day just like I did when I walked in the doors for the first time in 1958. Most people moved to Auburn, Montgomery, Atlanta, but, sure am glad I stayed . I invite anybody’s comment back to me and I assure I will answer.

  16. Often times some of your slaves would take on the name of their Plantation owners. Look to see if any blacks have the last name of Varner?

  17. Beautiful. Robert Harris Bert Harris

  18. Wow. Who knows the President of Tuskegee University so we can tour the house sometime?

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  20. How bout that?!?! Anita Varner Scott Judy Varner Cook Keith Varner

    1. Hey, might have been some of our ancestors, would love to go there & visit.

    2. You just don’t hear the ‘Varner’ name very often!! That would be an adventure!!

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  22. Glad to see it has been restored. Tuskegee has some gorgeous old homes that are in horrible disrepair. Would LOVE to see them restored.

  23. Carl Owens, Pat Owens, Jeff Owens, Jennifer Owens

  24. Uggg…it says it is owned by the National Park Service which is yankee run.

  25. My 4th Great Grandfather Dr Robert Maxwell Young 1798 – 1880 Home Walnut Grove built in 1840 Red Brick Antebellum Home is still standing in Cartersville , Georgia !

  26. Antebellum home,got to tear it down.

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