Rankin restored

If walls could talk, the walls of the Rankin House in Dunlap, Tenn., would tell a lot of history. Some good, some not.

A.J. “Andy” Jones has spent the last two years redoing Dunlap’s oldest home, built in 1852.

In the process, he’s found a photo he thinks could be a portrait of Ulysses S. Grant in a drawer made in a beam, old medicine bottles in the hollowed trunk of a mulberry tree, a rusted gun and a bayonet in the spring once known as Coop’s Creek, and a rubbed stone used in an Indian game.

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