Leroy Clifton Mandeville (born in 1851) was one of the founders of the Mandeville Mill, which was located in Carrollton, Georgia. The home that he shared with his wife and five children, known as “Mandeville Mansion,” still stands in Carrollton, just across the street from Feathers and Twigs and The Fabric Peddler. Stately and impressive from the outside, the house was also one of the first in Carrollton to use electricity and indoor plumbing and, according to local tradition, helped to give Maple Street its name. Supposedly, Leroy Mandeville planted maple trees all along the property surrounding the house to remind his wife, Carrie, of her home state of Vermont. Mandeville lived in this home until he died of a stroke on September 9, 1926. His successors continued to run his mill until 1945, when it was sold due to an economic downturn and never quite recovered. While the old mill has now been converted into an apartment building, historic Mandeville Mansion has served many purposes since the family left its rooms. It has been a record store, a hair salon, a restaurant, and has even served as housing for students from the University of West Georgia.
For those interested in the “spooky” side of Carrollton, a glance around the internet reveals rumors of a haunting at Mandeville Mansion. Supposedly, Eugenia (born in 1878) still roams the halls after having jumped from one of the mansion’s third-story windows when she was 18. Her gravestone tells another story, however. Eugenia, in fact, died in 1913, when she would have been 37 years old.
In March of 2014, Mandeville Mansion was in danger of being torn down. Though the house had been purchased by a private individual in an attempt to save it, renovation funds were lacking and the owner feared that, without a thorough rehabilitation, the historic home would have to be razed. Many Carrolltonians were invested in trying to keep the mansion as a tangible part of Carrollton’s history and began raising money for the necessary renovations on the 123 year-old mansion. Since then, the Mandeville Mansion has been converted into a restaurant, South of Heaven BBQ. Guests can gather to eat bbq and view the gorgeously restored interior of L.C. Mandeville’s beautiful home. The Mandeville’s train car is attached to the end of the house and has been converted into a bar which is stocked with an excellent selection of craft beers.