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The Hooper-Turner House

A River Line Historic Landmark

 

5811 Oakdale Road, Mableton, Georgia, Cobb County 


  

  Demolished by the City of Smyrna

2/18/2015 

       


                                                                     

Demolition of the Hooper-Turner House



                                     Demolition remains                  
                                            

Final resting place for brick & stone

on Veterans Memorial Hwy.

                  


The Historic Hooper-Turner House

Brick & Stone Salvage Project

 

To honor the pioneer Turner Family, brick and stone from their

demolished house has been salvaged for reuse at the

Turner Family Cemetery.


Visit the  Historic Area Calendar for volunteer opportunities at the Turner Cemetery.




  

A Brief Historical Background
 

The house at 5811 Oakdale Road, acquired by the City of Smyrna from Ms. Frances Presley, originally stood as a typical “hall and parlor” house, a rural design that was prevalent in the area from the 1840s until the 1890s.  Hall and parlor houses are two rooms wide, one room deep, with a central hall dividing the two rooms.  The house was added to the Cobb County Historic Register with approval of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on April 22, 2003 after its nomination by Ms. Presley.

 

According to local folk lore, the house served as a Civil War hospital.  Documentation supporting the verbal legend is a 2008 Preliminary Architectural Investigation Report produced by Georgia State University Professor Richard Laub and Laura Drummond dating internal remnants of the house to circa 1850.  Establishing the time period is historically significant, as the house is situated on what was the center of Confederate General Joseph Johnson’s River Line defenses of June/July 1864.


By conducting deed research, the RLHA traced the property on which the house sits to Thomas Hooper, who deeded the property to his son, Thomas Jr., in 1868.  The senior Hooper is considered one of the pioneering white settlers of Cobb County, arriving in the area in the 1830s.  Four years after his death, his son deeded the property to John H. Turner in 1883.  Turner and his wife lived on the property until their deaths in 1899 and 1913, respectively.

 

 

The Turners’ family burial ground still stands on a hillside not far from the site where Turner’s Ferry once crossed the Chattahoochee River, known today as Veterans Memorial Hwy (previously Bankhead Highway).  According to his headstone, John H. Turner was a proud member of the Masonic Order and a Charter Member of Nelms Masonic Lodge.  The nearby Turner’s Ferry (horse and rider fee, circa 1850: 12 ½ cents) was the namesake of his father, Daniel R. Turner.


The earliest mention of a structure on the Oakdale property appears in a deed from 1924, which refers to the “old John Turner house place.”  The Turners and the Hoopers, like other early settlers of Cobb County, appear intermittently in county records.  In the 1851 “Cobb County Digest”, a property census, the records show that Thomas Hooper owned 6 slaves and 531 acres; John H. Turner owned 2 slaves and 80 acres, and Daniel R. Turner, the ferry owner, claimed 4 slaves and 740 acres.


In 1919 the Turner heirs sold the Oakdale property to W.H. Pittman.  The property would change hands several times in the twentieth century.  Unpaid back taxes forced the property into foreclosure during the Depression era, and the property was owned by Cobb County until Mrs. Guy L. Corley assumed the unpaid debts and took over the property in 1941.  Names from the property’s past include Fred and Sam Saunders, Mrs. A.J. Carter, Mrs. Bessie McGaughey, Ara Corley Betts, and Geraldine Corley West.

 

Many believe that the house has witnessed much history and that is has many stories to tell.  Do you have any to share?  If so, please contact .
Roberta Cook

 

 


 

The Hooper-Turner House

February 17, 2015

Demolition

 

An American Heritage home

unique to the River Line community transformed to rubble.

 

 

Hooper-Turner House weighted front window removed for preservation.

 

Front Window picture 

  The Hooper-Turner House in the News

  

 

February 19, 2015 

Marietta Daily Journal

Demolition article and pictures 

 

February 2, 2015 

Atlanta Journal

Section D, Living 

 

December 2014

Smyrna/Vinings

Bright Side 

 

 

December 1, 2014

Atlanta Journal

November 10, 2014

Marietta Daily Journal

November 7, 2014

Atlanta Journal Article 

 Civil War Hospital - Local Oral Legend

May 13, 2007

Marietta Daily Journal

 

Change Smyrna's

Demolition plans to Preservation plans  

 

The house is the focal point of the 7 mile

River Line Historic Area

and integral to uniting

our community as a place of distinction.

 

Hooper-Turner House

 Read about its history 

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 Hooper-Turner House

Let's make its future

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The Vision

River Line Historic Landmark &

 multi-purpose community place

conceptual exterior plans 

(2.58 mb)

conceptual floor plans

 1632 sq. ft. finished

646 sq. ft. unfinished space

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Interior Photo Gallery 

Front Entry Living Room 

Side Door Entrance

Dining Room

Kitchen

Pantry

Bedroom

Bedroom Closets

Bathroom

Hallway

 

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10 Talking Points

 

 

Be There!

November 10, 2014

Monday 6 pm

 

100 Cherokee St., 2nd floor,  Marietta, GA  30090 

Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission is

reviewing Smyrna's request to demolish

 the Hooper-Turner House

(See "Certificate of Appropriateness" sign below)

 

Attend the meeting.

Let the Cobb HPC know demolition of this

American Heritage Landmark,

The Hooper-Turner House

 is

"inappropriate"

 

Wear a red shirt as a sign of solidarity.

 

 

   

 You Were There!

In red

   Thanks to all who attended the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Nov 10, 2014. The meeting room was packed with  Hooper-Turner House supporters!

Demolition is still in store for the house unless a friendly buyer surfaces by Christmas. 

Help! 

 




  

 

 

View the Hooper-Turner House "Adaptive Reuse Feasibility Study" 

by Morrison Design