Historical Building in Downtown Madison; now an Antique Store!

Historical Building in Downtown Madison

The other day, I visited Madison Station Antiques, a little antique store which is currently housed in the oldest commercial building in Madison, Alabama.

Exterior: Historical Building in Downtown Madison; now an Antique Store!

Madison Station Antiques is housed in the Robert P. Cain building in Downtown Madison.

According to an Al.com article, Robert Parham Cain was the owner of the mercantile back in the 1900s. The building was used for several different businesses until the current owners, Ronnie and Pat Williams, bought the place to sell antiques. Incidentally, they are Mr. Cain’s descendants! They said the place was in a real mess before restoration, but now has a new life as an antiques and collectibles store.

The building is a member of Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission.

Antique Store!

Madison Station Antiques has two stories of antique furniture, linens and quilts, glassware, crockery, buttons, clocks, toys…and anything else you can think of.

They are really nice people, so go visit!

P.s. I wasn’t offered anything to publish this post. I just love antiques, old buildings, and promoting small businesses like my dad and grandpa owned! 🙂

Christmas Shopping

Ready to do some Christmas Shopping? I think most of my viewers love this handmade quilt for $60! The perfect Christmas gift! Please let me know how you like the photography. I’m still learning to use my little Nikon camera.

quilts and hobby horse

spinning wheel

linens in chifferobe

old photos

glass chandelier

post cards and spinning wheel

The Story of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


In 1969, Dr. Garlan Gudger began saving architectural odds and ends from buildings that were to be razed in the Cullman, Alabama area.  As news spread about Dr. Gudger’s collection, he began inviting people to come on Saturdays to see his salvaged collection, which he stashed in his garage. He eventually moved his inventory to a store in Cullman,  and Southern Accents Architectural Antiques was born.


According to their website, Dr. Gudger’s business is now known as the “South’s largest collection of architectural antiques.”


Southern Accents Architectural Antiques sells hardware, antique windows and doors, salvaged wood, ironwork, mantles, tiles, shutters, and more. It has been featured in several national magazines such as Southern Living and Southern Lady.


More stuff in the additional warehouse!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques is one of my favorite places to visit and is worth a road trip to Cullman, Alabama.

You should totally go!

Source: Our Story



Wrought iron fencing outside.


They have more doorknobs–lots of doorknobs!–upstairs.


Spindles, anyone?

Magnolia Antique Gallery, Part II

Magnolia Antique Gallery promises a unique, 3-story, antique shopping experience full of impressive historical pieces such as this lovely Regency inlaid marquetry tip-top table (circa the 1700’s). Just look at the intricately laid work…if not for the sheen from my camera flash, your eyes could trick you into thinking this was 3D!

Florentine table, circa 1700's

Florentine table, circa 1700’s

Here is an eagle carved from hard wood. Look closely enough, and you will still be able to see hints of the original paint on one of the two 17th Century Italian Consoles for sale.

One of two 17th Century Italian consoles.

One of two 17th Century Italian consoles.

Console with original paint!

Console with original paint!

Unfortunately, my photography skills eluded me as I attempted to shoot an exquisite Florentine panel and scroll iron table. I can imagine finding the rare piece in a Florentine palace somewhere in Italy, but there it was…right in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Oh, if it could only talk, what stories would it tell? I hope that you will go look it up at Magnolia Antique Gallery’s website and Facebook page to see that can’t-miss piece of history!



Here is a lovely pine and apple wood country table from the Rhinelander area of Wisconsin.


These vintage hooded plantation chairs will carry you back home to 1930’s Key West.
Circa 1930's. Circa 1930’s.

Into Spanish Inquisition history? Check out these panels carved on the backrest of this walnut wooden bench:

Spanish Inquisition carved bench.

Spanish Inquisition carved bench.

Magnolia Antique Gallery carries these treasures, along with a gallery full of other finds that regular gals like me can afford! If you go, be sure to tell that that I sent you!

So what do you guys think? Which is your favorite?

Magnolia Antique Gallery, Part I

Reflection Selfie at Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Reflection Selfie at Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Magnolia Antique Gallery is one of the antique shops that I visited last Friday.

Located in Fayetteville, Tennessee, the gallery specializes in fine American, European and Asian furniture from the early 17th – mid 20th century.

I met the friendly owners, Sharon and Colin, who were kind enough to allow me to take photos for thewritesteph.com.  Colin gave me a tour of  the antiques that are housed on the three floors of the 15,000 square foot building, built in 1894.



"Antique stained glass windows from a church in England."

“Antique stained glass windows from a church in England.”

"Black Forest carved wall clock circa 1880 with high-quality French movement that runs 14 days on a winding..."

“Black Forest carved wall clock circa 1880 with high-quality French movement that runs 14 days on a winding…”

The old elevator in Magnolia Antique Gallery.

The old elevator in Magnolia Antique Gallery.

The top of the old elevator.

The top of the old elevator.

Stairway from the mezzanine to the 3rd floor.

Taking the stairs.


Look for Magnolia Antique Gallery, Part II in an up-coming blog, and be sure to keep watching for more posts about the Fayetteville antique shops that I visited!