Outbuildings, Landscape, and Grounds
Built by William Faulkner in 1931, the servants’ quarters was the first home of beloved family caretaker Caroline Barr. She lived in the house from 1931 to 1940 when she died at the age of 100. Later it became the home of Andrew and Chrissy Price, Faulkner’s groom and Estelle’s housekeeper, respectively. The Prices’ son, John, lived there until the mid-1980s.
POST OAK BARN
This barn was built in the 1840s and was most likely used as a log cabin while the house was being built for the Sheegog family. Faulkner used it to house his milk cow and lawn tools. The barn was completely dismantled and restored in the early 1990s. The restoration team was able to reuse 97 percent of the original timbers.
FORMER SLAVE DWELLING / KITCHEN
This structure served as a dwelling for enslaved people during the Sheegog occupation (1844-1872). It also presumably served as an outdoor kitchen until one was added to the house in the early 1900s. In the 1930s, Faulkner converted the building to a smokehouse, where he smoked and stored his hams. An indoor kitchen was added to the house in the early 1900s.
CONCENTRIC CIRCLE GARDEN
This early antebellum garden in the front of the house was originally a maze garden, with a circle of cedars at its perimeter. Inside the circle of cedars are raised brick beds, which contain sweet shrub and privet hedges. In the center was a magnolia tree. During Reconstruction, the garden was abandoned, and as a result, several volunteer trees grew among the brick beds, shading out the hedges. Faulkner liked the Gothic nature of the garden and left it in that condition. He told that the ghostly Judith Sheegog threatened to haunt the house if he “messed” with her garden.