The home of Dr. Sonny and Karen Proctor at 513 S. Main Street. The home’s rich history will add to its appeal during the upcoming Tour of Homes.
The ACES Youth Home will hold its first Holiday Tour of Homes in Jasper. Presented by Piedmont Mountainside, this year’s walking tour will take place on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 until 7 p.m. and feature five decorated homes on South Main Street in Jasper.
Our featured home for this week will be the home of Dr. Sonny and Karen Proctor. The Proctor home at 513 S. Main St. is rich in the history of Jasper and Pickens County. Land deals, romance, shootings, and moonshine all are part of her history. Built in 1921, five years before the Tate House, and designed by Atlanta architectural firm Burge and Stevens for R.L. McClain, a local business man and entrepreneur, the Colonial Revival home has architectural
details like Georgia marble sills, thresholds and parapet caps, a slate roof, and intricate metal cornices. When Mr. McClain got caught up in a Florida land deal gone bad, he tried to take his own life. Initially a tenant on the property was charged with attempted murder, but the owner of the Brady House, now three doors down, had seen McClain shoot himself. He survived, but lost the property in the meantime, and for the next several years it was the home of famed “revenuer” Duff Floyd. His wife Marjorie personally told Dr. Proctor of toting coal for the furnace when Duff broke his neck after crashing his plane while scouting for stills.
Eventually the house was purchased by the Virginia Moore family, added onto in the back, incorporating the old brick generator shed into the floor plan, and covering the original hand dug well. During this era many local residents rented rooms in the back part of the house. Eventually, the house was purchased by Freddy Stancil, and he and Janis raised their four girls here. Freddy built the pool (and the one at Bent Tree). The Proctors bought the house in 1995 and have painstakingly restored it, added a local landscape mural in the dining room done by George McLaughlin, a solid Cherry paneled den in the Federal style, including a Rumford fireplace, and the pool house, designed by Dr. Proctor himself. Known for the gardens in all seasons, the old house is at her best at Christmas time, dressed in green and red in celebration of the birth of Christ. Cressets are burned out front every Christmas Eve and, for this year only, for the Aces Holiday Tour of Homes.
The mission of ACES Youth Home is to provide temporary and long-term residential placement and care for both boys and girls ages 11-18. We provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for youths who have been victims of abuse or neglect. We help children discover their strengths and learn to cope with the crises in their lives. We strive to recognize the value and dignity of each individual we serve. Donations can be mailed to ACES Youth Home, 133 Cares Drive, Jasper, GA 30143.