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Blythwood, A brief historical note

One of the returning Civil War Veteran built & lived in the old home called Blythwood. Blythwood was located in Columbia on Hatcher Lane right behind McDonald's. That is on (the main road) Trotwood Ave. going into Columbia across from the Maury Regional Hospital. My (Mary Bob McClain) mother purchased the place and renovated it years ago. At the time it needed major renovations, but she salvaged it and turned it into a nice restaurant. There were beautiful murals painted on the walls. Some of the original wood furniture was still in place when she purchased it. One item was a tall elegant Mahogony glass encased book case. The staircase touched my romantic side because it reminds me of the one in the movie "Gone with the Wind. The fennel on the stair railing was a faceted solid lead crystal ball about the size of a cantaloupe. The book case and the fennel are still (2009) in mother's possession today.
She later sold Blythwood to a bank. I don't know if the place remains today as it was in my mothers time there. 
There was also a secret staircase for the slaves, and hidden rooms for the house slaves.
It was a beautiful home in it's glory days. I wish I had taken pictures. My brother Michael restored what was termed the "slave wall" which surrounded the property.
Written and
sent here by Mary Bob McClain Richardson, 17 Nov 2009.