Situated on the corner of S. Elm Street and Jefferson Street you will find this 1884 Queen Anne style home atop terraced hill that is one of the city’s highest sites. It has never been on the real estate market or open to the public to view. This home has been in the same family for over 80 years and is a part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. As you enter this grand foyer with 12 foot ceilings you will be in awe of the original woodwork and inlayed walnut flooring. Gorgeous 11 foot pocket doors on main level. This castle like home has turrets in 2 rooms making a unique extra space. The dining room is massive and ready for all of your guests at holiday events and has parquet flooring and built in china cabinet. 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a 2 car garage. This kitchen area was built before the civil war and the rest of the home was built in 1884.

E.L. Starling in his 1887 “History of Henderson County” called it “certainly the handsomest in the city and much handsomer than very many metropolitan homes costing twice as much.”

The house was built for merchant William W. Shelby (1836-1930) and his wife Mary Turner.


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History of Henderson

National Registry of Historic Places

Gleaner: Henderson’s South Elm Street ‘castle’ was built for a pioneer businesswoman by Frank Boyett 30 Sept 2022