The 1856 Greek Revival home in Aberdeen, Mississippi known as the Adams-French Mansion is for sale The magnificent 7,000-square-foot Greek Revival antebellum home at 301 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen, Miss., known as the Adams-French Mansion, is for sale. The seller is auctioneer Dwight Stevens
News-Antique.com - Jun 19,2016 - ABERDEEN, Miss. Ė The magnificent 7,000-square-foot Greek Revival antebellum home at 301 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen known as the Adams-French Mansion is up for sale. The owner and seller is Dwight Stevens, the longtime auctioneer and owner of Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, a town situated halfway between Columbus and Tupelo, on US Hwy. 45.
ďIíve been residing in this wonderful old mansion home for a long time, and have cared for it and restored it to its full antebellum glory,Ē Mr. Stevens said. ďBut Iíve reached the point in my life where I donít need all that space and itís time for me to downsize and simplify a bit. Iíll be living not far away in a small gingerbread antebellum cottage that will suit my needs just fine for now.Ē
The new owner will be buying a five-bedroom five-bath home with a large entry hall, a spiral staircase, grand parlor, formal dining room, downstairs guest bedroom suite, modern kitchen and laundry room. The basement features a full workout gym. The third floor has a home theater with additional party space, along with a bathroom and a stairway leading to the widowís walk roof.
On the second floor, there is a massive master suite totaling over 800 square feet. Accompanying on the opposite side of the hall are two guest bedrooms. The home also has an elevator that goes from the basement to the second floor. Jib windows upstairs and downstairs raise to enter the balcony and porch. In essence, no expense was spared and every detail was lovingly tended to.
The grounds of the Adams-French Mansion comprise 3.3 acres that also includes a 1905 church thatís currently used as a wedding chapel. The property sits atop a hill, a stately example of the majesty of antebellum homes in Mississippi. It is located three blocks north of downtown. ďIíve been told it would cost about $3 million to replace this home and land today,Ē Mr. Stevens said.
Stevens is just the mansionís third owner. It was first built in 1856, by Col. John Cox, who gave it to his daughter, Mary Jane, as a wedding gift. She lived there until her death in 1899, having had two marriages along the way: to Robert S. Adams, a banker who died in 1873, and Anderson French, a banker and a doctor who passed in 1928 (hence the name the Adams-French Mansion).
Upon Mr. Frenchís death, the mansion sat idle for a few years until it was bought by the Masons, who used it for meetings and events. Mr. Stevens purchased it in 2002. It needed work, but he was up to the task. Stevens and his family were already steadfast supporters of Aberdeen and the state of Mississippi, and he had a grand vision to make Adams-French a premier auction facility.
He went right to work, restoring and refurbishing the mansion to its original grandeur. The process took several years, and after it was finished Mr. Stevens used it as a