Home with a storied past to be demolished

By Darla Higgins
Jimplecute Staff Writer

homeThe house that Lynwood Johnson owns on Jackson Street has definitely seen better days.

Built in 1850, the home will soon be a thing of the past, as Johnson is in the process of having it torn down. “I decided to do it about a year ago,” he says. “The roof was kind of bad. When I first came here, I tried to get the historical people to come in, but I don’t think they wanted to restore the house. And my children didn’t seem too interested in doing anything with it.”

The house has been in Johnson’s late wife’s family for generations. “It was built by a guy by the name of McDonald,” Johnson says. “My wife’s great-grandparents were slaves to this guy, McDonald. When he passed, he sold the property to the slaves. The slave owner sold it to the slaves.

“I know that some slave owners – not all of them – were sometimes really nice to their slaves,” he adds. “They gave them a lot of stuff, like horses.”

The house used to be a dairy farm, Johnson says, adding that the slaves helped sell milk out of the residence. At some point in its history, a second floor was added. Before that time, “the ceilings were so tall,” he says.

Johnson, who lived in the…

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