Teall Carriage House is an excellent example of this type of structure. A bay window has been added but the old loft windows and doors have been retained in the original style. Typically, in a structure such as this, the carriage used on Sundays and for special occasions was lifted by pulley to the second floor for storage.
Grain and hay were also raised into the loft through a smaller door-window combination to the left of the center door. A stable for horses and grooms quarters were on the ground floor where the everyday carriage was kept. A wrought iron stairway leads to the loft. The carriage house was extensively remodeled in 1977 and now houses a salon.
The Carriage House is located behind the Teall House which faced Fayette Park at 439 East Fayette Street. In 1863 Major General Edwin Vose Sumner died in this house at the age of 67 from a congestion of the lungs while visiting his daughter who lived there with her husband.
Members of the Teall and Sumner Families
He had recently been appointed to command the Department of the West and was due to depart for St. Louis earlier in the week. A dedicated soldier for 43 years and the purest of patriots, his last words were “God save my country, the United States of America.” 20,000 people viewed Major General Sumner’s body as it lay in state at City Hall.
General Edwin Sumner on the field at the Peninsula, Virginia in 1862
General Edwin Sumner in 1860
Flags flew at half mast, the national colors were hung from houses and buildings around the city, and businesses closed the day of the funeral. After a short ceremony at the Teall House on Fayette Park, the extensive procession accompanied by thousands of citizens advanced to the First Presbyterian Church for the service and then continued down Salina and Castle Streets to Oakwood Cemetery for the internment.
The Sumner Monument at Oakwood Cemetery