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Seller Story:

Jimmie and Jack Phelps, M.D., Lewisburg, TN


“My parents married right after World War II. After my father returned from serving, he decided he wanted to devote his life to good, and he became a doctor. My mother was a remarkable woman, too. She got her Master’s in Library Science from Peabody University, and she was one of the first certified children’s librarians in the country. In 1953, they moved into a log home that had been a small hunting and fishing cottage on a piece of land that was formerly a fairground. As our family grew to include 3 children, they bought another old log house, had it dismantled, then added those logs to the front of our home. My father passed away in 1999, and my late mother lived in the home until last year.

They were both huge history buffs, and had massive collections. My mother’s father collected rare books, which she also took an interest in, and her mother was a seamstress, which sparked her own collection of quilts. My siblings and I were raised going to country auctions; flea markets; rambling around old houses and collecting glass bottles and marbles; we went to every antique store between Tennessee and Canada.

My father was interested in the Civil War period because his great grandfather died in the Battle of Franklin. My father’s other main interest was primitive antique furniture, which he collected from this region. He knew how to refinish pieces without destroying the patina: he would sand them with fine sandpaper and steel wool, then he would add a thin layer of shellac, let it dry, and sand it again. He’d do that 30 times to every single piece he refurbished.” – Anne Phelps Reed, daughter

Seller Story: Jimmie and Jack Phelps, M.D.
Seller Story: Jimmie and Jack Phelps, M.D.
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