Captain Hardy Smith House

The Captain Hardy Smith House is located in Dublin, Georgia. It is the oldest home in Dublin on its original location. Built in 1873 it is located at 307 West Gaines Street in Downtown Dublin.

The restoration of the home included searching for mature pine suitable for cutting the large barge boards with no knots. The ones used came from the Altamaha Swamp around Hindsville, Georgia.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dining room restoration

3 years in the making. A restored dining room

Used as storage until restoration

Before Dry Wall installation

Dry Wall Installation by Edmudo!

Sanding Dry Wall..not fun!


Corner Posts before and then after

Crown molding from old blue house with a dead man works!

Restoring the Floor

Trap door to the root cellar. Floor boards are from the old blue house. This in order to match the rest of the floor.

Floor board restoration. Covered by paint.

Window restoration

Windows in the dining room were single pane replacements. Original windows were rotten. So blue house windows were restored for use.

Window Installed

These old windows use weights to move up and down

Old blue house window rollers. From rusted to restored.

Chair rails from old blue house

Restored base boards and chair rails.....all set for installation

Doorway before installation

Heart pine door from old blue house.

Original Hardy Smith Door

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Back Hallway Restoration

This hallway separates the dining room from the kitchen. This is how this section of the house looked upon purchase. Note the slats that held original plaster.

This is another look from the doorway of the kitchen. At this point the electricians had done their work.

After a couple of years a set of stairs was installed to allow access to the back attic. This created plenty of storage space for the house. For several years the hallway was cluttered with items.


Recently bead board was placed on the walls in the hallway.


Max, the 24 hour protection system is watching the progress on the back hallway. 

 One more use of the old blue house windows is shown here. Frames for the electrical outlets!


An example of before and after for the wall and electrical outlet. 


Now for the floor sanding. On the left half of the floor is sanded. On the right the whole floor has been taken down to bare wood.


The finished floor...complete with 3 coats of poly!

On the left is shown the stairs before being stained. A dark stain was used to make a nicer presentation. You can also get an idea of the finished look for the hallway. The Kitchen is on the right.

The very back of the hallway with a before and after look. Note the bottom of the bead board is lined with quarter round. This quarter round came from the old blue house. Another example of recycling the 100 wood.


An original early 1900's screen door. On the left shows its original state. On the right a restored door.

A view of the hallway now completed.

Finally, the doorway to the hallway. All complete now.