Cassidy/Lamb House

The historic summer home that was the inspiration for the name of Happy Hollow Road and which was once known as Happy Hollow is available for purchase. The Cassidy/Lamb Home, circa 1930, at 2579 W. Fontainebleau Court, a cul-de-sac off Happy Hollow Road, has been the home of Brenda and Ken Lamb since 1979. They have cared for the home all these years, preserving the history and sharing it with others.

The home’s history began with Clara Cassidy, who purchased the land and arranged to have a log cabin built. In 2016, Cassidy’s granddaughter, Sally O’Keefe Gurley Batson, came to the house and shared her memories of summers at the house. Mrs. Batson remembered visiting the home in the country along with her sister, Clara O’Keefe Black, and mother, Willie Belle Cherry O’Keefe.  

Mr. Woodall (of a pioneer Dunwoody family) did repairs and may have been the original builder, according to Mrs. Batson. The old home has a stone foundation, stone fireplace and stone barbeque pit which she remembers the family using on her visits. She recalled the family referred to the country home as “The Farm,” and it included 140 acres on a road called Happy Hollow.  

When gasoline rationing became necessary due to World War II in 1942, Clara Cassidy was only allowed the use of between one and one and a half gallons of gasoline per week.  This made it difficult to make trips to the farm, and she sold the property to Baxter Maddox, vice president and trust officer for First National Bank.  

Baxter and Mildred Clark Maddox and son John lived in Atlanta but made their way out to the summer home whenever they could. They made additions to the property, typical of summer homes in the area, including a pool, bathhouse and badminton and tennis courts. During Maddox’ ownership the home and estate became known as Happy Hollow, as well as the road.  

Maddox sold the home along with 10 acres in 1945 to Harold and Charlotte Ebersole. Harold Ebersole was vice president and manager of the Davison Paxon Company, better known as Davison’s department store. The Ebersoles entertained on July 4th that year, with a long list of attendees listed on the social pages of The Atlanta Constitution. Their guest list included Charlotte’s bridge club and Bobby Jones and his wife, Mary Jones. 

The August 19, 1945 edition of The Atlanta Constitution featured an article by Sally Forth describing Happy Hollow.  

“Nestled deep on the side of a thickly wooded hill, it is one of the most charming country homes. The windows are shuttered, and the rural atmosphere is carried out, even to the farm bell which is supported from one end of the house. Their (the Ebersoles’) hospitality is often enjoyed by friends who are fortunate enough to be invited out for a bit of relaxation and escape from the city’s heat and the hustle and bustle of present-day living.”

The home became part of the Fontainebleau subdivision as homes were built around it in 1969. It features beautiful hardwood floors and many original architectural features, as well as a walk-in attic. The property also includes a 2,000-square-foot raised bed garden.  

“Ken and Brenda Lamb have been exceptional stewards of this remarkable property for more than 40 years,” said Tom Florence, associate broker with Keller Williams, representing the Lambs in the sale. “Our hope is that the new owners will fall in love with its past as well as its livability and pristine ambience and will maintain the historical integrity of that past for generations to come.”  

For more information on the property, contact Tom Florence at tom@redrabbitteam.com.  

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