James J. Gaffney was born.
Gaffney purchased the property at 4515 River Road.
Time frame over which The Gaffney was built.
Time period that 4515 River Road was Gaffney's primary residence.
Gaffney sold the house to John C. Wickliffe, Jr.
John C. Wickliffe, Jr, and his wife, Laura Lyle Wickliffe, move into the Gaffney.
John Young Hamilton, III, and his wife, Ester Hamilton, move into the lower level of the Gaffney below the Wickliffes.
November 30, 1946
James J. Gaffney passes away.
Scott Hamilton, son of John Young and Ester, and his wife, Coleene, move into the lower level below the Wickliffes.
Time period that the Hamiltons, Scott and Coleene and their children, Janie and John, live at the Gaffney.
Laura Lyle Wickliffe passes away.
January 25, 1971
John C. Wickliffe, Jr. passes away.
John C. Wickliffe, Jr. leaves the Gaffney to Glenna Young.
William and Sharron Higgins move into the Gaffney.
The Higgins move out of the Gaffney and are the last people to reside in the Gaffney.
Glenna Young passes and leaves the Gaffney to her nieces, Sharron Lewis Higgins and Katherine Lewis.
Gaffney Historic River, LLC purchases the Gaffney from Sharron Lewis Higgins and Katherine Lewis.
Interested in learning more?
Lisa Grace Carpenter’s 1996 Thesis on James J. Gaffney, titled “James J. Gaffney: A Study of the Man and his Architecture”, is a knowledgeable piece that dives into the history of James J. Gaffney, his life, his Catholic faith, and his love for architecture including his home on River Road.
Click here to read Carpenter’s thesis in full.