Created By: Historic Decatur Association
The J.T. Jones House, or as it’s often called, “The Gingerbread House,” was built in 1899 by a cotton broker. The home is an excellent example of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. A New York artist was commissioned to carve a marble mantle for the main parlor when the house was built.
Mrs. Blanche Jones was a highly respected member of the community. Her niece – then 83 – told this favorite story
about a young Blanche. There was a wealthy family that lived on Line Street who had an only child, a grown son who was
spoiled rotten. He never worked, just partied and played all of the time. He craved Miss Blanche’s approval so to impress her
he would mow her lawn without being asked or leave candy and flowers on her porch. One day he came up to her and asked her
if he got sober would he go to Heaven; she looked him in the eye and said, “No, you’ll just go to Hell sober!”
This point of interest is part of the tour: Old Decatur Historic District