Historic Haney House from 1904 hits market
by Rebecca Johnston
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Haney-Brewer House owner Sharon Brewer, opened her home for a VIP invitation-only open house Thursday in downtown Woodstock to give real estate agents and other guests a first hand look at the 1904 built home. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Haney-Brewer House owner Sharon Brewer, opened her home for a VIP invitation-only open house Thursday in downtown Woodstock to give real estate agents and other guests a first hand look at the 1904 built home.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Cathy Lane of Woodstock, a Gateway Realty Group with Keller-Williams Realty Partners agent; Robyn Price, a buyer specialist; and closing coordinator Jan Gelder of Kennesaw, enjoy a little piano music in the foyer of the 1904 Haney-Brewer House in downtown Woodstock. The home is up for sale by owners Randy and Sharon Brewer.
Cathy Lane of Woodstock, a Gateway Realty Group with Keller-Williams Realty Partners agent; Robyn Price, a buyer specialist; and closing coordinator Jan Gelder of Kennesaw, enjoy a little piano music in the foyer of the 1904 Haney-Brewer House in downtown Woodstock. The home is up for sale by owners Randy and Sharon Brewer.
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East Cobb Quilters Guild member Michele Bautsch of Marietta, sits on the front porch as Melissa Llano, Gateway Realty Group with Keller-Williams Realty Partners co-owner, admires her work.
East Cobb Quilters Guild member Michele Bautsch of Marietta, sits on the front porch as Melissa Llano, Gateway Realty Group with Keller-Williams Realty Partners co-owner, admires her work.
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A historic house in old Woodstock is looking for some new owners.

The home, which is designated the Haney-Brewer House for two of its owners, is considered one of the principal homes constructed during the Woodstock building boom in the early 1900s.

The home sits at 8256 Main St.

It is now owned by Woodstock City Councilman Randy Brewer and his wife and is on the market.

Included in the city’s walking tour of historic homes, the address contains remnants of the original wrap-around porch and ornamental woodwork.

On Thursday, Realtors marketing the home celebrated its history with a party to show off its historic features. Many of those in attendance dressed in period garb for the event.

The home was built by David and Edna Haney in about 1904. At that time, it sat on the outskirts of the city but now is just steps from downtown.

“It is documented that David loved the land and spent long hours tending the ground. His family migrated to the area from South Carolina because of the vast farmland. He went on to be a prominent cotton broker, merchant, and personality of Woodstock,” said a release about the house.

The home’s original owners left the home some years later, after the boll-weevil cotton crisis and Depression era.

Haney provided well for his family. It is rumored that his wife was the first woman driver not only in Woodstock but also in all of Cherokee County, the release said. Some family members say she was the first Georgia woman to drive a car.

The address has also been home to newspaper editors and local politicians.

A glimpse of life in the early 1900s

The Realtors marketing the home offered the following about the early 1900s to set the stage for the house:

“The World’s Fair blew into the Northern United States, introducing the world to hot dogs, hamburgers, and ‘fairy floss,’ which is more commonly known as cotton candy,” according the press release.

“On sultry Georgia evenings, open-windowed soirees exhibited Scott Joplin tunes and quartets who sang such standards as ‘Glow Worm’ and ‘Shine on Harvest Moon.’”

“Women bore many children to help tend the home and farm. Fashion was fierce with high collared frocks and gentleman’s waistcoats. Hair pomade was essential to keep wispy, wild tresses in place for both men and women.”

Etiquette books were popular. They instructed proper behavior and grooming from moustache accoutrements to proper occasions for silk ties and pocket watch fobs.

More about the history of that period in Woodstock can be gleaned from the city’s Visitors Center, Dean’s Store and official historian Juanita Hughes.

Dean’s Store was built in 1906, housing the first soda fountain in the city. The center is now the hub of history, archives, art and music.

“Where yesterday lives and tomorrow waits” is the store’s motto. The store is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the market

The home is being marketed for $600,000 and is on a 1.6 acre lot. It has original pine floors and fireplaces in all main living areas, as well as five bedrooms and three baths.

The home is zoned Central Business District and can also be a personal residence, according to the sales force.
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