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Harry Bailey House (The Bottle House) - 423 Trousdale Ferry Pike

Over three hundred bottles are embedded into the walls of the Harry Bailey House.
Built in 1939 by Harry Bailey, (1916-1984), with assistance from Louis Hale, the “Bottle House” is unique for its folk architecture. The walls also contain brick and stone. Ceramic tile can be found on the home’s window edges. Unusual features of the structure are two false windows on the east and west walls. Bailey operated a beer tavern, the Jungle, on property to the rear of the house. The tavern was open for the then segregated African-American community and operated for twenty years. The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Bailey’s nephew, Craig, believes his uncle used the bottles in an artistic way when constructing the house. The bottles also served as a signpost for the unadvertised tavern. Patrons knew they were at the right location when they saw the bottles shining in their headlights.


On the way to tour stop #18, you will notice the Rest Hill Cemetery to the right on Trousdale Ferry Pike.  This cemetery dates from 1868 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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