Preserving the past
by Justin Larson
August 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 2734 views | 2 2 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Pat Vaughn, right, and Jim Ross of the Seven Springs Museum talk outside of the Bodiford House on Sunday. The museum will move to the historic house next year to make way for railroad expansion. <br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Mayor Pat Vaughn, right, and Jim Ross of the Seven Springs Museum talk outside of the Bodiford House on Sunday. The museum will move to the historic house next year to make way for railroad expansion.
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The Seven Springs Museum in Powder Springs will be getting a new home next year to make way for railroad expansion.

The museum has been on Brownsville Road near Highway 92 since it opened in 1985. It will be relocated to the Historic Bodiford House at 4355 Marietta St.

“It’s an absolutely gorgeous Victorian home,” Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn said. “We are very excited that we were able to purchase the beautiful Bodiford House for the future home of the Seven Springs Museum.”

The city purchased the home in July for $175,000 with money saved from the 2014 general fund. The city is in the process of applying for grants to help with the historic renovations. The Macallan Group in Marietta will be brought in as a general contractor to oversee the renovations, which are expected to cost between $400,000 and $500,000.

The new museum will be named “The Seven Springs Museum at the Bodiford House,” Vaughn said. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed within a year.

The city has known for several years that it would be necessary to relocate the museum, Vaughn said. The Norfolk Southern Railway comes all the way to the back steps of the museum, and with the railroad expanding in the next few years, the museum would not be able to stay.

“The current museum is a beautiful structure and the city is planning to preserve the building,” Vaughn said. “The city is proud to have been able to purchase and preserve this beautiful part of our history for the future generations to enjoy.”

The city is still deciding on where to relocate the Brownsville Road building once the museum moves out and what to do with it once it is moved.

Lowell Lovingood, president of the museum, is happy the city acknowledges the importance of its museum.

“This museum covers the history of its town from the very beginning, all the way back to its roots,” he said. “It preserves the history of Powder Springs.”

Some of the items in the museum are thousands of years old, he said.

“Ninety percent of the artifacts were found right here in Powder Springs,” Lovingood said. “Nothing was brought in or purchased.”

Lovingood’s favorite part of the museum is the Civil War display, which he calls “very impressive.”

The Bodiford House’s Queen Anne design features two cross gables, a corner tower and decorative wraparound porch. John L. Butner, an extensive landowner and dry goods merchant, purchased the home from the Marchman family in the late 1800s, Vaughn said. At the time, the home was a bungalow with hand-hewn beams.

Vaughn said Butner added a second story and additional rooms in 1900. Cobb Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford’s father purchased the home in 1954.

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PSRail
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August 25, 2014
How will the railroad expansion affect the rest of the downtown Powder Springs area? Also, how far will the expansion extend in each direction?
Bart_Y
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August 26, 2014
My assumption based on past work is that they will install a second track from just east of downtown Powder Springs, where it currently goes down to one track, to the next siding in Hiram. It would give them two tracks from Atlanta to Dallas, which is a very congested section of road.
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