Nope, It’s Not a Sears Magnolia…

In the last 20 years, I’ve probably received more than 200 emails and inquiries from folks who think they’ve found a Sears Magnolia. In the last 20 years, I’ve found four Magnolias as a result of these emails and inquiries.

That means that 2% of the time, these comments are correct.

And yet, I still feel a rush of adrenaline when someone leaves a comment stating that there is a Sears Magnolia at (fill in the blank).

This morning, as I was preparing to write a blog on Penniman’s people, I found a fresh comment from someone stating that there was a Sears Magnolia in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Immediately, I assumed that they must be right and abandoned the blog I’d been working on to investigate this purported sighting.

Again, it was not a Magnolia. And yet, this one was closer than most.

Please keep those cards and letters coming.  😀

To learn more about Sears kit homes, click here.

Even the little town of Poquoson has a few kit homes.

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The Sears Magnolia was probalby Sears fanciest model.

The Sears Magnolia was probably Sears fanciest model. It was offered from 1918 to 1922, and sold for less than $6,000. There are only nine known Magnolias in the country.

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First, the real deal. This is a known Magnolia in Benson, NC.

First, the real deal. This is a known Magnolia in Benson, NC.

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In 2003, I appeared on History Detectives (PBS) and this Sears Magnolia was briefly featured (Canton, Ohio).

In 2003, I appeared on "History Detectives" (PBS) and this Sears Magnolia was briefly featured (Canton, Ohio).

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A reader mentioned this alleged Magnolia in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Im sorry to say that this is NOT a Magnolia.

A reader mentioned this "alleged" Magnolia in Hawkinsville, Georgia. I'm sorry to say that this is NOT a Magnolia. This building is currently in use as "Clark Funeral Home" and this photo is from their website and here's hoping that they're okay with me promoting their beautiful old house on my blog. And it IS a beautiful old house, but it's not a Sears house.

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To learn more about Sears kit homes, click here.

Even the little town of Poquoson has a few kit homes.

Interested in learning more about Clark Funeral Home? Click here.

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5 Comments

  1. Ashley Harrison

    Any records on how many Magnolias were actually sold?

  2. Gemma

    I think Rosie has mentioned about 8.

    My two cents on the aforementioned non-Magnolia — it’s a Classical/Greek Revival Foursquare which was probably inspired by the Sears Magnolia.

    What’s all the mention of Aspergers in the blue print surrounding this box, dear Rosie?

  3. Sears Homes

    Apparently, people really do read the “tags” on these posts! LOL.

    I’ve often wondered if I have a mild form of Asperger’s. That, and sometimes I just get carried away while I’m typing up those tags. 😀

  4. David Barton

    I know you hear it all the time, but I’m pretty sure that a house in my old neighborhood was a Magnolia model, and Zillow confirms that it was built in 1918 (I always thought it was older than that when I walked by). The address is 1455 6th Street Circle, Hickory, NC 28601. Oh, and realtor.com shows more views of the interior and exterior, though you should note that a huge indoor pool addition was added to the side at one point. In any case, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!

  5. Elisabeth Humphrey

    You may not believe me, but there is a Magnolia in Bell Buckle, Tn. The columns in front were boxed in and modified a few years ago (because we don’t have an historic protection overlay) but it’s the same house.

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