Welcome to the Trammell House and Rachel’s Sweets

Welcome to the Trammell House and Rachel’s Sweets

  I’m delighted you found my website and hope you’ll stop by often.  Warm hospitality and good cooking are hallmarks of the South, and as I’ll explore in future posts, the two are intertwined in the story of Rachel’s Trammell-House Sweets.   It all began in 1998.  Douglas and I had toured and admired countless historic homes and were ready for our own fixer-upper.  We were old-house hunting when we spied an 1887 Queen Anne in May of that year and immediately fell in love.  But . . . there was no “for sale” sign.  I wondered aloud “if a little lady lived there and would sell it to us.” In a serendipitous twist of fate, a neighbor next door spotted us; we’d met years earlier at his father’s antiques shop in North Carolina.  To our astonishment, when we mentioned that we were looking to buy a historic house and were smitten with this one, he said that it was about to be sold and gave us the owner’s phone number.  A phone call and a day later, we met the owner to look at buying the house.  Her exact words as she unlocked the door:  “I believe in signs.  When you called me yesterday, I had accepted an offer to sell, but had not mailed it, as I wanted someone to restore the house and wasn’t sure about that buyer.”  Clearly, we were meant to live in the Trammell House! It wasn’t a typical Victorian with lots of gingerbread trim and the front porch oddly butted into the front bay.  Architectural details were obscured under white paint.  But...