Hometown Bud Answers Trivial Question.

JonesesA few days ago one of my buds from my hometown of Anderson, SC tweeted, “@Sprague_Law “@HuffingtonPost: This house helped inspire the phrase “Keeping Up With The Joneses”  @FranklinJones Blog post 4 u?”

While I don’t write about many topics beyond the Palmetto State, I have to admit given my last name I’ve often wondered what the phrase was about. After all, given my background, I never really related to it…at all. “Keeping Up With The Joneses?” I mean, what’s there to keep up with? While I’ve been curious, I’ve never taken the time to check it out until Drew sent me the link. Turns out it’s no huge whoop, but at very least interesting folklore.

For those of you who don’t have time to click the link, here’s the story;
Dudley Mansion, Once Owned By Couple Who Allegedly Inspired ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses,’ Is For Sale
“You no longer have to try to “keep up with the Joneses” — because you can actually be them.

Dudley Mansion, a house that was once owned by the couple that allegedly inspired the popular phrase, is now for sale.

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, the manse was built in 1825 by the state’s first elected governor, Edward B. Dudley. A mere 60 years later, Pembroke and Sarah Jones bought the property. According to a press release by Coldwell Banker, many suggest that their lavish parties and overall fabulousness led them to be the epitome of the good life, and a source of envy for friends and neighbors.

But, if you’ve got $1.2 million, you too could get a piece of the action. According to the listing, the home has five bedrooms and three full baths. There’s also a gourmet kitchen, nine fireplaces and a media room. If you don’t happen to have that cash, you can still click through our slideshow and daydream about how you’d decorate a place like this. Don’t forget to head over to Coldwell Banker for more information.”

Thanks to my friend Drew Sprague for the tweet.  As any blogger knows, we’re always looking for interesting content!

Shout out to my Wilmington, NC Coldwell Banker friends for representing this interesting property.  Nice!


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