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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Change can be a good thing. It often comes as a result of growth and new opportunities. We are excited about recent changes that have taken place at Southern Accents, specifically within our SA Team. We were thrilled to announce several months ago Kolby’s return! Kolby rejoined the SA Team after a six year hiatus. Managing the showroom, Kolby is available Tuesday through Saturday to help you select the perfect architectural salvage pieces for your next project as well as provide custom quotes for doors and table tops. You can stop by the showroom during regular business hours or give him a call at 877-737-0554.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Visit our wood showroom and let Patrick, Mauldin and Stephen assist you with all your salvaged wood needs!

Another notable change has taken place at our Wood Showroom. John, who many of you have dealt with over the past few years, is no longer with us. John left Southern Accents recently to pursue other ventures. Visit our wood showroom and you will find Patrick, Mauldin or Stephen ready and willing to help you with your wood purchases. If you are looking for reclaimed wood for your floors, walls, ceilings, or any special project, we have a HUGE selection you can browse!! And, we are excited to add farmhouse style table tops to our selection of custom made wood products!

If you’ve never visited our wood showroom, it is located just 1 mile down the road from our main showroom at 250 Janeway Drive in Cullman. Our wood showroom is open to the public during regular business hours. Our two warehouses stay stocked with reclaimed lumber, salvaged barn wood, shiplap, tongue and groove bead board, reclaimed hand hewn and circular sawn beams and salvaged trim. Whether your project is large or small, pay us a visit or give us a call and let us help you with your wood needs!


The Legend of Frank James

We love history! To be in the business of salvaging architectural antiques and not having a love for history would somehow seem wrong. Our mission statement is, “To promote the preservation of our architectural heritage through rescuing, restoring, and protecting artifacts of historical significance.” When we run across artifacts that have some relation to a known historical event or person, whether documented or not, we get a little giddy! At the very least it peeks our interest and sparks our imagination.

A few weeks ago we purchased a 1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana. The wood from this seemingly simple but large scale barn was incredible. The enormous hand-hewn beams used as the posts and beam structural support were some of the best we’ve ever seen. One of the things that we enjoy most about our salvage missions is that most old structures hold a surprise, and on occasion a mystery, that if unlocked holds a treasure! This barn was no exception! One item that was removed from the barn prior to it being taken down was a large quarter sawn oak chest. We were excited about the chest, but what ignited our imagination was the rumor that Jesse James older brother and fellow gang member, Frank, supposedly hid out overnight in the barn. This alone would have been enough to keep us going for awhile… but there was more!

1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana where Frank James supposedly hid out overnight!

1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana where Frank James supposedly hid out overnight!

Once the barn was taken down and all the recyclable wood salvaged, an incredible discovery was made. Beneath the aged floor boards and buried under several inches of dirt, we uncovered an old shotgun! The gun was carefully removed from the ground and wrapped for safe keeping. How did this gun find it’s way underneath the barn? Was it stored there during the Civil War for safe keeping? Could this old firearm possibly have belonged to the notorious Frank James?

Old shotgun discovered buried underneath the back section of the barn.

Old shotgun discovered buried underneath the back section of the barn.

Frank James was born and raised in Missouri. He was a Confederate guerrilla during the Civil War and is thought to have taken part in the massacre of unarmed Union soldiers. After the war he spent two decades, along with his brother Jesse, as a member of various gangs robbing banks, trains, and stage coaches. Five months after his brother Jesse was shot in the head and killed by one of his trusted gang members, Frank surrendered to the then governor of Missouri. Although history records that Frank was known to be involved in numerous criminal activities, he was only tried for two robberies/murders. His first trial was held in Missouri. The second took place in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was tried for the robbery of a United States Army Corp of Engineers payroll in Muscle Shoals. Frank was acquitted of both crimes because of the “Robin Hood” status he had gained by common folks who applauded his crimes against the ruthless banks and railroad companies. Prosecutors were unsuccessful in finding jurors willing to convict Frank of any crime.

Frank lived out his last 32 years working odd jobs, never again firing a gun. Rising Sun is located on the Indiana – Kentucky border. Frank and Jesse’s mother, Zerelda, was from Kentucky so it is quite plausible that Frank would have traveled through that area at some point. The barn was erected in 1815, well before Frank began his life of crime in the mid 1860’s, so it certainly would have been available for that overnight stay. Supposedly Frank left the barn in the wee hours of the morning shortly before a posse arrived to search for the wanted man. This rumor has been circulating in the Rising Sun area for well over 125 years. It is doubtful that we will ever know the true owner of the firearm or why it was buried beneath the barn. In the mean time… we will hold on to the gun believing that it is an important piece of our American history and will continue to allow our imaginations to freely wander!

The guns wood handle has almost totally disintegrated over time. The quarter sawn oak chest is in surprisingly good shape. It has the original push pins that once secured an upholstered top.

The guns wood handle has almost totally disintegrated over time. The quarter sawn oak chest is in surprisingly good shape. It has the original push pins that once secured an upholstered top.

The oak chest is currently for sale and on display in our showroom.

We recently ran across an article on the exploits of Frank and Jesse James written by Buford Parker and published in The Source Historical and Adventure magazine. We’ve added a copy of the article to this post as an additional resource. You can read the article HERE.

Written By: Lisa Jones Webmaster/Internet Marketing


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