Fire Destroys Old Landmark


Blaze leaves Home and Contents of William Young in Ruins


Second Brick House in the County


Monday afternoon, January 28, a disastrous fire destroyed the dwelling house of Wm. Young with its contents.  The fire was first discovered by Mrs. Lucy Crawford, mother-in-law of Mr. Young and an occupant of the house, but the flames had gotten under headway so that nothing could be done to save the house.  This removes one of  the oldest landmarks in the county, being the second brick house built in the present boundary of Gallatin.  It was built by the late John O. Hamilton in the early twenties of the nineteenth century, and had passed the century mark.

The woodwork was handmade and the newel post and railing of the stairways were of Honduran Mahogany.  Within the spacious parlors men prominent in the affairs of the nation have been entertained.  Congressmen, governors, senators and vice-presidents visited this house, sought and appreciated the advice of the proprietor, who was a warm politician thoroughly posted in the political history of his times, and so clear in his judgment of men and the advice was sought by such political leaders as Col. Richard M. Johnson, Gov. Lazarus W. Powell, and Senator John C. Breckenridge, all of whom have been visitors at this old colonial mansion where real southern hospitality was always to be found.

It is a great loss to Mr. Young, who has a family of seven children, and every one extends sympathy to him and his splendid wife.  We have not learned whether there was any insurance.


1929, from the Gallatin County News