I did some investigating and located some old county maps, dating 1860, 1895, and 1905. As it turns out, the roads have changed a lot in the last 100 years. Including a road that once cut through what is now my side yard and crossed Center Creek right about where I found the old pile of rubble! I always assumed that the house was built way off the road just to be neat, but as it turns out, it was built on a road that was eventually abandoned, leaving the house stranded unusually far off into a field and with the super long driveway I now enjoy.
Here is the map from 1905. In 1905, JGL Carter, the original owner of my house and namesake of nearby Carterville, was probably in deteriorating health, and it appears he had already deeded or sold some land to two of his sons, Marion and JW (James Walter). At this point the family estate was a patchwork of approximately 750 acres. When dad and I bought it in 2006, it was down to 182 acres. Still a sizable parcel among today’s subdivided countryside, but a long shot from what it once was.
Another interesting fact I learned from my grandmother is that JGL purchased the original section in 1849 from the US Government. I’m sure many people don’t find a pile of concrete and some old maps very interesting but I think it’s super cool!