the Bridgewater House

7015 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Cordova, TN 38018

$ 160,000

The Bridgewater School was built in the early 1900s by a freed slave and later developed by Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears & Roebuck, as a part of the Rosenwald School project, which provided schools for African Americans in the rural South. Read more about Rosenwald Schools here, here, and here. Before we bought the house, it had been run as the Bridgewater Bed and Breakfast.

A reporter for the old Press Scimitar came out and wrote an article about the house. He said that a freed slave named Bridgewater by his owners had come to the area with some money. He built the church and this schoolhouse.
  • 2800 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 3 Baths
  • Large Living Room
  • Large Kitchen-Dining Room
  • 2 Storage Buildings
  • 2 Acres / County
  • Built c. 1911

After two years working as missionaries to people groups in Memphis we asked the Lord to place us in a home that could be used to bless immigrants. When we found the Bridgewater House we knew it was perfect for what we had in mind. But it was beyond our price range. Thankfully, nothing is too hard for the Lord, and in August 2012 we moved in.

Hundreds of people have been welcomed into our home over the past three years. We have hosted  folks from Vietnam, China, India, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria,  Mexico, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Cuba,  Mauritania and others. We have conducted ESL classes, hosted birthday parties, graduation parties, quinceñeras and many other celebebrations. We have held storytelling gatherings during Christmas and Easter.  Also, a Vietnamese church met in the great room for a time.

We’ve known from the beginning that as amazing as this property is we must ‘sit light’ and remember that while this is a pleasant inn, it isn’t our home.

This place has been a refuge for us and a blessing to the nations, but the Lord is now leading us to a new chapter. We will be moving to Arkansas to begin cross-cultural work with a small missions organization, International Church Planters.

We are grateful to the Lord for all he has allowed us to be a part of while living in this house.  It is all by his grace and for his glory.  We don't know what the Lord has planned for the Bridgewater House, but we hope that it may continue to be used for ministry. So, before we place it on the market with a realtor, we are talking to folks who could potentially use the space for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.  It is also a wonderful space to raise a family.  You may contact us at or 901-468-8676. 

We purchased the home in 2012. You can still view the old listings on realty sites:

Below are a few photos from just before we moved in.

 Original Building

Original Building