The history of the Cantrell-Huggins House began in the early 1920’s when Dan Cantrell bought 28 acres of farmland in the rural Due West community. He built a small temporary house facing Due West Road, a dirt thoroughfare. While his family lived in the temporary house, Dan’s father, A.G. Cantrell, started a general store in the front room which began the retail tradition on this property. In 1923, the Cantrell-Huggins House was completed and became the home for Dan, his wife Mary Maud, their baby daughter Georgia Ruthand the elder Cantrell.
After his father died in 1925, Dan rebuilt the store building about 50 yards from the Cantrell-Huggins House. The general store sold everything from flour and cold remedies to chicken feed and farm equipment. In addition, there was an icehouse on one side and a kerosene pump on the other, each providing important necessities to the community. Once gasoline-powered vehicles became more common, a gas pump was installed out front.
Like the store, the Cantrell-Huggins House also had an important role in the community. The Cantrells were one of the first families in the area to purchase a radio, and folks from miles around would gather in the main room to listen to news broadcasts and sporting events.
The house changed hands a couple of times, eventually landing the hands of the Huggins family, who lived there for about 45 years. In 2001, Randy and Susan Hardy purchased the home and the remaining 1.3 acres from Aileen Huggins.
The Hardys envisioned transforming it into a quaint shopping boutique unlike anything else in the area. In doing so, they wanted to maintain its historic and architectural integrity. Seventy-eight years after the Cantrells opened their general store on this property; White Rabbit Cottage was established in their former home, continuing the tradition of commerce and hospitality on this plot of land in west Cobb County.
In 2007, White Rabbit Cottage expanded by adding the Gallery building, using the same craftsman architecture as the cottage. The cozy atmosphere of both buildings combined with a wonderful array merchandise make for the most unique shopping experience in West Cobb – one not seen since the Cantrells first opened their general store in the early 1920’s.