The Whitaker-Motlow House was constructed c. 1846-1850 by Newton Whitaker of Mulberry, Tennessee. The Whitaker family was instrumental in the establishment of both Lincoln County and the community of Mulberry, and arrived in the area in 1809/1810. In 1909, the house was devastated by a tornado while under the ownership of Robert “Bob” Motlow. The house was meticulously rebuilt as it had stood before, and was purchased by the current owners in 1987. For over a decade, between 1987 and 2000, the house has undergone extensive restoration.
Jillian began researching the house in 2009 as part of her senior thesis at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. After completing the paper, she nominated the Whitaker-Motlow House for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and achieved its placement in November 2011. Read more details about the house and the Whitaker family at www.dotsonthemap.blogspot.com.