1006 Main Street NW: A 1936 Sears' cottage-style home
Built in 1936 by Ernest and Bess Holmes, this home is believed to be a Sears' packaged cottage-style home. The porch wraps around the house. Ernest Holmes came to Conyers as a County Extension Agent. He served as County School Superintendent and later opened a Feed and Seed store located where the Whistle Post Tavern restaurant is now. Bess Holmes was a school teacher.
The home has had several owners throughout the years. The DeFrieze family bought it in 1999 and the Bishops in 2005. It originally was a five-room house: the living room, dining room (which is now part of the living room), kitchen (which is now the half bath and laundry room), and two bedrooms (which are the office and kitchen now). A bathroom was between the two bedrooms. In the 1950's Mr. Holmes added a bedroom off the living room and used it as a den. It is now the master bedroom. The DeFriezes added the upstairs: two bedrooms, bath, and sitting room.
In 2013, the Bishops remodeled the kitchen and dining areas, removed the carpet and refinished the floors, added the half bath downstairs, updated the upstairs bathroom, and had bookshelves built in the office. The beautiful garden is the work of Rex Bishop. The Bishops have always felt this home has a warm, cozy feeling.