The Ruff House is a traditional antebellum farmhouse built in the early 1850s by Martin Luker Ruff, a founding member of the early Cobb community of Concord. This home has been lovingly remodeled and expanded over the years. The recent thoughtful restoration has kept the structure’s earliest components intact: nine working fireplaces, stacked-rock foundation, heart-pine floors, wainscot, bead-board ceilings, hand-hewn beams, plaster walls and 11-foot ceilings. Step back 165 years as you enter this well-tended 12-acre pioneer farmstead, replete with barn and outbuildings.
The Ruff House is part of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District, created by Cobb County in 1986, which comprises several historic structures including the Concord Woolen Mill Ruins, water-powered Ruff’s Grist Mill, Miller’s House, John W. Rice House and the Concord Covered Bridge over the Nickajack Creek. The Ruff House, along with three other unique homes, will be featured on a Tour of Homes conducted by the Friends of the Covered Bridge Historic District. ConcordCoveredBridge.org
Philip and Lanier Ivestor currently live in the home and have gone to great lengths to restore it to its original state, down to the smallest detail. Philip grew up in this house and enjoys their six sheep, four goats, two peacocks, two dogs, four cats, several chickens and recently, ducks.
The Concord Covered Bridge Historic District Tour of Homes featuring four antebellum houses, a fascinating water-powered industrial complex and a prominent Civil War battlefield site will be conducted as a two-hour guided tour which includes transportation. Visit ConcordCoveredBridge.org/TourOfHomes and sign up for early notification to attend this premier event.