The Coleman House/Hotel is typical of late-19th and early-20th century properties found in small towns along railroad lines. Owners often lived in the hotel and rented rooms. At the height of the railroad era, such enterprises could be quite profitable. The Coleman Hotel has come full circle and once again is a bed and breakfast known as the Serenity Inn.
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This well-maintained Folk Victorian in Cobbtown was built circa 1900. Its fascinating story was shared with me by Hudak Hendrix, the son of owner Mary Joyce Durden Hendrix.
“The Durden House was purchased by Lester Eason and Louvenia Youmans Durden sometime in the early 1930’s. The family had moved to Cobbtown in the late 1920’s. According to family lore, the move from Norristown in Emanuel County was prompted by an incident that had occurred at a local baseball game where Mr. Durden’s father, John Fitzgerald Durden, Emanuel County Tax Collector, was attacked by a man with a knife. His son rose to his defense and beat the attacker with a baseball bat. Later, the man died from his injuries. Apparently, the families decided that the best course of action would be for my grandfather to take his family to Cobbtown to provide some distance and minimize the possibility of further aggressions.
While the Durden family had two children, Tom and Nannie Lou, upon their arrival to Cobbtown, another son, Lamar Eason, was born during their brief stay in the Coleman Hotel in December of 1929. Later, after the family purchased the Durden House, two more children, Kenneth Lawson Durden(1932) and Mary Joyce Durden (1934), were born. Mary Joyce (Durden) Hendrix currently lives in the house.
While in Cobbtown, Mr. Durden operated a “rolling store” throughout the local area of northern Tattnall County while Mrs. Durden was a cook at the Cobbtown School that was located across the street from the Durden House until a lightning strike in 1968 caused a fire which burned the school.
Originally, the house included several acres of land that stretched down Railroad Street to the corner of Collins Street but over the the years, several parcels were distributed to family members who built houses that remain under the ownership of direct descendants of the original family.”
Bobby Sikes writes: This house was built by the Sue Paradise family who later moved to Atlanta. My father, Walt Sikes bought it in 1937. We lived there, or at least my mother and step- father did until they died. I later sold it to G. W. Collins. Renee Johnson notes that her aunt, Delma Collins is the present owner.
Cobbtown Baptist Church was organized in 1906 by Dr. J. C. Brewton. The first pastor was B. F. Hogan, in 1907, and charter members were: William M. & Lucy Bird; Marshall & Mattie Hattaway; Mr. & Mrs. Luther Mills; Stiles A. & Roxie Ann Sikes; and Henry & Laura Yeomans. The present structure was completed in 1944. E. L. Harrison was the pastor at the time and the building committee was: W. L. Brown, Chairman; E. L. Vaughn, Treasurer; T. D. Slater, Construction Superintendent; R. L. Collins; and R. C. Coleman.
Renee Johnson writes: This was the Roger Wood Masonic Lodge #438 and a school. The masonic meetings were upstairs and school was downstairs. The Roger Wood Masonic Lodge was formed Oct 1, 1901. This building was built about 1924. In 1989 a new masonic building was built across the street from the Cobbtown Baptist Church.