Humphreys House

Humphreys House

The Humphreys House is really an ark of South East Tennessee History. For many years before Harold and Marie Humphreys built their home, Marie hunted for old logs and other historic structural pieces to assemble into one unique home.  Many of the architectural features have their own significant histories. The Federal style mantle and front doorway with transom came from a Pre-Civil War home in Marion County.  The 19th century stair railing, newel post and balcony balustrades above the living room were salvaged from the old Northern Hotel.  The intricately designed balcony above the kitchen came from the Wilcox home on Eighth Street.  An old Victorian home (originally built by a Reverend Long, a Methodist circuit rider) on Missionary Ridge supplied all the interior shutters.  Even the exterior stone stairs, foundation and interior beams were all salvaged from old 19th century buildings and homes around the Chattanooga region.  These buildings have long since been lost, but their remnants are still preserved in the Humphreys House today and each piece has a history tied to it.

In 1995 Reflection Riding acquired the life estate of the Harold Humphreys family. This included the main house on the property and some surrounding acreage. Harold played an important role in the acquisition of the small farms and odd pieces of land that were purchased by Mr. Chambliss and transformed into The Reflection Riding during the 40’s and 50’s. Harold and his wife Marie were close friends of the Chambliss family for many years. Harold was on the first board of directors and served as president for a number of years. Marie worked with Margaret Chambliss in planting the wildflowers and served as the unpaid general manager and consultant to Susan Irvine. Marie would often say of Reflection Riding “It’s healing to the soul”, may we all strive to keep the simplicity, the peace and serenity of our garden and never become cluttered from the outside world.

If you would like to visit the Humphreys House, please feel free to call our office and schedule a tour. You may also rent the Humphreys House for retreats, meetings or appropriate programs.

Humphreys House history

Hours of Operation • Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Sunday (April - October) 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note the last time to drive through loop is 4:30 p.m. • Gates close at 5:00 p.m.