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Historic Nolan House – Built in 1870 – FOR SALE – Waverly, TN (Near Loretta Lynn’s Ranch)

National Register of Historic Places – James Nolan House, built in 1870 – 2,694 sq ft – Jesse James stayed there August of 1877.


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Brief Description

Historic Opportunity (Literally) – Own a National Register of Historic Places’ home in middle Tennessee! FOR SALE – $125,000  Home built in 1870; serve as “Lodging” and has been used as such until recently (B&B).  Home/Office/AirBnB/B&B

Auction Schedule

Sealed Bid Auction

Began: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM CST

Ends: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST

Location 375 Hwy 13 N, Waverly, TN 37185



Historic Nolan House in Waverly, TN

Estate – FOR SALE


Here is description found on a website promoting the property as a B&B…

This National Historic Register home was built in 1870 by an Irish immigrant, and has been a restful haven for travelers to Middle Tennessee since 1985.

Conveniently located only one hour from Nashville, two hours from Memphis and 10 minutes from Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch at Hurricane Mills, The Nolan House Bed & Breakfast, sitting on eight acres in the country, offers warm ambiance and genuine Southern hospitality.

The Victorian style house with 11 rooms has a unique design all on one floor. The three guest rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques with private entrances to the East Porch, and have private baths and fireplaces.

There is a comfortably furnished common room for guests to enjoy television, reading or to use the telephone. The adjoining Great Room (22×28) reveals lovely but functional antiques, and lace curtains float in the 10 feet windows that overlook the South Porch to the Gazebo in the garden.

Healthy, fresh baked muffins and breads greet guests for Continental Plus breakfast, served on fine china at the dining table. Soft Celtic music floats from the original hardwood floors to the crystal chandelier which hangs from the 14′ ceiling.

Croquet and horseshoes await you in the garden, or simply relax in a wicker rocker on the porch, enjoying the peaceful country atmosphere.

History Note: Jesse James stayed at the Nolan House in August of 1877.  The documented visit is described in detail at the Humphrey’s County Museum in Waverly.

Why sell at auction?  The owner, Mr. O’Lee, recently passed away and his heirs have directed us to sell this property at auction.  The house and structures will sell “As Is, Where Is” and we encourage all prospects to make any and all inspections as they desire.  Of course, inspections and previews must be coordinated with brokers.

This Estate Auction features the real estate only.  Personal property is not part of this auction. 

David Hudgins – 931-994-7144

Susan Hudgins – 931-994-1751

Historical Room Layout – Download from “Documents”

Please research this historical property and wonderful community.  We searched the Humphrey’s County website and copied this info for your review:

Welcome to Humphreys County, Tennessee, a county rich in history,natural resources, industry and family entertainment. “The Land of Three Rivers” offers the natural beauty of the Tennessee River, the Duck River and the Buffalo River. Taking advantage of the friendly, hometown atmosphere, visitors travel from all over the country to enjoy boating, fishing, camping and a variety of other recreational activities.

The middle Tennessee area is easily accessible from Interstate 40, Exit 143, which accesses Hwy. 13 and leads north to the county seat of Waverly. U.S. Highway 70 runs through the three major cities in the county. Waverly, the largest city and center of the county is flanked on the east by McEwen, which is rich in Irish heritage, and New Johnsonville on the west, which is rich in Civil War history.

One of Humphreys County’s largest attractions is Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Family Campground near Hurricane Mills. Visitors are allowed a glimpse into the personal life of country music legend, Loretta Lynn, with family entertainment from April through November of each year. The museum and gift shop depict various aspects of Lynn’s life. The ranch also sponsors the AMA National Motocross Championship as well as concerts, trail rides and other activities throughout the year.

The city of Waverly is host to “Music on the Square” every Saturday night during the summer months. This lively entertainment event features different performers each week and is free to the public.

In McEwen, St. Patrick’s Irish Picnic and Homecoming, held the last Friday and Saturday in July, is one of the world’s largest outdoor barbeque events. Drawing thousands of visitors each year, St. Patrick’s famous barbequed pork, chickens, sauce and fixings keep visitors coming back for more.

Ready access to transportation via railroad, waterways, highways and interstates has facilitated the growth of several types of industry in Humphreys County. A small airport, located in Waverly, serves private aircraft.

Blue Creek Nature Center, located just outside Waverly and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, which runs along Duck River, encompasses more than 52,000 acres and is perfect for observing a look at untouched wildlife. The peaceful blue waters and many marinas make these popular getaways for the entire family. Avid fishermen and hunters find a paradise along the refuge with organized hunts and fishing tournaments.

Humphreys County is rich in history with Civil War artifacts, antebellum homes and more. The Johnsonville Historic State Park, Humphreys County Museum and Civil War Fort, Nolan House, McAdoo House, Enoch’s Mill and one of only two old Greyhound bus stations found in the state offer a backward glance into the history of Humphreys County.

Parcel Details:

The property is deeded as 7.78 acres.

The house boasts 2,694 square feet and was built in 1870.

The total taxes (2016) were $1,168.71 & $569.41 (2 parcels).

There is a “carriage house”, built in 2007 (24×30).

The property fronts Hwy 13 North



Nolan Heights’ Original Owners…..

          James N. & Mollie Blessing Nolan
After receiving a 500-acre land grant, North of the railroad in Waverly, from the U S government after the Civil War, retired Army Officer Lt. James N. Nolan chose a hill above his Nolan House Hotel to build a residence. He named it NOLAN HEIGHTS.
Built in 1870 during the height of Victorian Era, the home was constructed in the Queen Anne architecture style. The original house consisted of five rooms, a side porch and an entry hall ending with a wide porch overlooking the Nolan House Hotel. The parlor, located on the South end of the structure had bay windows and all the rooms had wood burning fireplaces. The second portion of the house was built around 1875 and consisted of a kitchen, dining hall, pantry, breakfast room and a mud & storage room and small back porch to the north. This addition was connected to the original structure by a large covered porch, breezeway or dogtrot. Two cellars were constructed under the addition, as well as a calcium carbide generator under the covered porch to supply acetylene gas for the newly installed gaslights. The Nolan residence was the first home in Waverly to sport such modern conveniences.

On November 8 of 1880, Nolan married Miss Mollie Blessing of Memphis, Tennessee in the Nolan Heights parlor and soon after constructed a large brick room and side porch to the West of the original structure. Mrs. Nolan was an accomplished pianist and used this room as a music room. She gave concerts and held social events upon occasion.

 In the meantime, Nolan prospered as a businessman and politician. The residence continued to live up to society’s standards and in 1885 Nolan built the first indoor bathroom in Waverly as a surprise gift for his wife, who was visiting relatives in Chicago for several weeks.  When Mrs. Nolan returned to Waverly, she found a very large bathroom connected to the brick room. At her insistence, a partition was built and half of the bathroom became a bedroom. A large wooden tank and a windmill located just outside and to the west of this new addition provided running water for the elegant bathroom. 
 Today, despite years of use, the bathroom is an impressive as it must have been for Mrs. Nolan. According to historical records and data, this indoor bathroom is the oldest facility in Humphreys County. 
 On August 28, 1897 the originator of the lovely Nolan Heights died in his creation, and is buried in the Nolan Family Cemetery, just west of the residence. Mrs. Nolan died June 12 1909 and was buried in her family cemetery in Memphis. The Nolan family heirs inhabited the home until 1979. 
 No portion of Nolan Heights ever has burned, although the roof of the south side of the home caught fire as a result of the 1978 Railroad derailment and Propane explosion.  Local residents extinguished the blaze before any damage could result. The local radio station used the front porch as a base to cover the Waverly Disaster. 
 The mansion sat vacant from 1979 until 1983 when Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Turner purchased the residence from the Nolan heirs and restored it into a “Bed & Breakfast”. Mrs. Laverne Turner, a retired Humphreys County Art Teacher also established a gift shop and a local art gallery to display her, and other artists, paintings. They also used the Music Room as a community meeting room and reception hall. Wedding and social events were held there on a regular basis.
 Mr. Patrick O’Lee then purchased Nolan Heights in 1995 and continues running the           “ Nolan House Bed & Breakfast” as well as carrying on further restoration. In 2008, a new Carriage House was constructed to the Northwest of the residence. The carriage house was designed as close to the original structure and approximately in the same location, to house some of the Victorian period buggies & carriages Mr. O’Lee has collected and restored over the years.
 Nolan Heights is on the National Historical Register and is a treasured asset to Waverly community. 



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Auction Terms


PROCEDURE: The property will be sold as a whole.

DOWN PAYMENT: A 10% down payment of the total contract purchase price will be due immediately after being declared the buyer. The down payment may be paid in the form of personal check, business check, or cashier’s check. The balance of the contract purchase price is due in cash at closing within 30 days.


ACCEPTANCE OF BID PRICES: The successful bidder will sign a purchase agreement immediately following the close of online bidding. 

BUYER’S PREMIUM: A Ten percent (10%) Buyer’s Premium will be added to the final bid price to arrive at the total contract purchase price paid by the Buyer.

CLOSING: Closing shall take place 30 days after the contract has been fully executed, or as soon thereafter as applicable closing documents are completed. 

POSSESSION: Possession will be given at closing – Date of Deed.

TITLE: Seller shall execute a proper deed (General Warranty Deed) conveying the real estate to the buyer(s).  Property will be conveyed with good, clear title.  Buyer has the option to purchase TITLE INSURANCE.

REAL ESTATE TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS: The current year taxes on said Property shall be prorated to the date of closing.  

EASEMENTS: Sale of said property is subject to any and all easements of record. 

SURVEY: New Survey in process

AGENCY: Hudgins Auctions & Realty and its representatives are Exclusive Agents of the Seller.

ZONING: Currently, the property is RESIDENTIAL.  The property is located on Hwy 13 North, just a couple blocks from the downtown Waverly Courthouse Square.

UTILITIES: Public Water, Sewer, Gas & Electricity are available. High Speed Internet provided by AT&T

DISCLAIMER AND ABSENCE OF WARRANTIES: All information contained in this website listing and all related materials are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement to purchase. The auctioneer may UPDATE these Terms prior to the auction end date and time.  Any changes will be made known to all registered bidders.  The property is being sold on an “AS IS, WHERE IS” basis, and no warranty or representation, either express or implied, concerning the property is made by the Seller or the auction company. Each registered bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries, and due diligence concerning the property. The information contained in this listing is believed to be accurate but is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. No liability for its accuracy, errors or omissions is assumed by the Seller or the auction company.  All acreages are approximate and have been estimated based on either the current survey, deed of record or property assessor’s report.



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