The Motlow Home
Bethe Motlow wasn’t looking to leave her quaint brick home in Red Bank when she stumbled across a charming pre-1850s farmhouse outside of the city. One of Motlow’s friends who had been working on the house for decades showed her the property, which had sat vacant for years. Sale after sale had fallen through for someone to purchase the home, and when Motlow stepped foot on the property, she immediately felt guided to become the caretaker for the historical house.
By Christina Cannon / Photography by Philip Slowiak
“It’s funny, really; I loved my home in Red Bank, and for a year, I wondered if I had made the right decision,” says Motlow.
One afternoon when renovations were underway, Motlow was helping install an antique glass doorknob on a newly refurbished door that provided access to a newly created room.
“The handyman was trying to free the lock so the door could close,” explains Motlow. “At that time, I was in the habit of wearing a vintage key necklace as a reminder of the keys to our greatest endeavors that each of us hold. The handyman turned and said ‘Give me that key around your neck.’ Low and behold, it opened the lock – to a door that did not exist, to a house I did not own when I was first given the key. Since then, I have never been more certain of where I belonged.”
Situated on roughly eight acres, the stark white, two-story structure carries with it an essence of true Southern hospitality that is further accentuated by a barn and creek at the front of the property. Even from outside the home, visitors can get an innate sense of the character that lies just beyond the front door.