As best I can determine from limited sources, this was the home of Dr. William Benjamin Johnson Hardman (23 November 1822-21 August 1904), the father of Governor Lamartine Hardman, who was also a physician. The elder Dr. Hardman was one of the most prominent and best-known citizens Harmony Grove (changed to Commerce in 1909). Dr. Hardman served in Deadwyler’s Company, 4th Georgia Cavalry.
Owners Perry Benson and Scott Jenks painstakingly restored this beloved landmark in 2018 and learned that it was built by Enoch Bush, circa 1904. Previously, it was known locally as “The Wallpaper School” for a business that had once occupied it.
Many of the historic storefronts in downtown Commerce have been nicely restored. It’s a busy area.
Most of these structures houses businesses typical of small towns, from department and grocery stores to lawyer’s and doctor’s offices.
Commerce Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places