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By: Charlotte Nickels

This old house once knew my children,

This old house once knew my wife,

This old house was home and comfort

As we fought the storms of life.

This old house once rang with laughter,

This old house heard many a shout,

Now it trembles in the darkness,

When the lightning plays about.

This old house is getting shaky,

This old house is getting old.

This old house lets in the rain

This old house lets in the cold.

     When I saw the old Marcum House before it was burned I thought of the song that I used to hear and sing a few years back. It seems to describe the way it was. "This Old House" was the title of the song.

     On Saturday, August 30, the old building was burned for training by three volunteer fire departments, Gate City, Weber City, and Dungannon. It was very sad for many as the old building was rich in history, and had been standing on the corner near Clinch River at the old ford known as "Osborne's Ford" since early 1800. It was located near the old home-place of the late W. F. C. Blackwell.

     The land was sold recently to Albert Corder when much of the Blackwell and Gray land was sold. The house was too dilapidated to repair, so Albert agreed to let them burn it.

     I talked to several people about the history of the old house and this is what I found out. It was built in the early 1800's by a Mr. Robinson who farmed all the town of Dungannon before houses were built and streets laid off. This was the time of the horse and buggy, wagon and other vehicles drawn by horses.

     Boats were used to cross Clinch River.

     Mr. W. J. Jones lived there when they were building the C. C. & O. Railroad. Sina Jones Dingus lived there when she was just a little girl. The house was supposed to be haunted as a man was once killed in the kitchen.

     There was blood on the floor which could never be removed as Mrs. Jones tried sand, lye, and all sorts of things but it would not wash away. A Mr. Wampler lived there a little while but moved away as he said it was haunted.

     The stairway was solid wood, and was carved and curved which made it very beautiful.

     The ceilings were painted with beautiful designs. The fireplace was so large you could put a log in it.

     When Barney Hagan and Agnes Richmond got married they moved into the house. John Hagan and Elizabeth Scott were born in that house.

     During the Civil War it was a meeting place to plan strategy about the war, men enlisting, the places to go, leaving families and providing for them while in service. Preparation was made here for the boys to go to fight on the Confederate side.

     Many families lived there other than the ones mentioned and a house was usually called by the name of the family who lived there as Hagan house, Stillman house, Snapp, Uncle Elbert Flanary and Aunt Laura were about the last ones to live there.

     Houses were not too scarce then and it remained empty for many years with no repair. Vines, shrubs and trees grew around it until you could hardly see the building until Albert cleaned off the lots.

     I couldnít think of the words of the song so Carrie Fraley came to my rescue thinking of most of the words. Also Emily Johnson and Vivian Farley got a tape recording to help me.

     Thank you all for cooperating. Also a big thank you to Mrs. O. B. Dingus and Agnes Hagan.

     Iím sure thereís a lot more history to it other than what Iíve written and I wish someone would add to the story.

     A deteriorated old house, a landmark, was burned in a practice conducted by local fire departments. Once roomy and comfortable the old house was known as the Marcum house.


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