The Captain Morse House

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About The Owners

Karen & Mike Schaaf are the homeowners of the Captain Morse House.

Mike is a retired Air Force officer, and Karen is a professional watercolor artist.  (The home is filled with many of her original paintings.)

Currently, they reside near Savannah, Georgia with their three dogs: Carly, Cannon and Willow.

They love St. Marys.

Karen & Mike Schaaf are the homeowners of the Captain Morse House.

Mike is a retired Air Force officer, and Karen is a professional watercolor artist.  (The home is filled with many of her original paintings.)

Currently, they reside near Savannah, Georgia with their three dogs: Carly, Cannon and Willow.

They love St. Marys.

Our collies & our lhasa

Why St. Marys?

The locals call it “Mayberry by the Sea.” And that pretty much describes it. Picket fences, azaleas, Spanish moss, gorgeous Victorian homes, and friendly residents who define the term “southern hospitality.”

Five years ago, we came for a few hours on a weekend visit and fell in love. With the town, the people, and the way of life. And when someone on the street said “that house is for sale” we laughed and shook our heads. A dilapidated 1905 Victorian on the main street? Too much work.

But, true story, as we drove home that day, our car GPS stayed stuck on the address “124 Osborne.” (And weirder, we had never even entered the address in!) We figured out how to reboot it, and went on with our lives.

A few months later, my husband was driving back from Jacksonville, and thought he would take a quick drive back through St. Marys. The house was still for sale. And – yep! – again, the GPS got stuck on the same address. (I swear to you, this is true.) We got the message and called the realtor. And a few months later, we were the very perplexed owners of a sad, badly run-down historic home.

We spent the next few months covered in sawdust; every inch of the original heart-of-pine floors had to be hand-sanded. We scoured every antique and junk shop on the southern coast for original period glass door-knobs and doors. And throughout that period, the people of St. Marys would stop by and tell us amazing stories about the old house, who had lived there, where we could find stuff we needed, and tell us how happy they were that the Captain Morse House was finally getting some love.

And love it, we do. It will always be, as old homes always are, a work in progress. We try to visit each month, always tackling some new project. (Just re-tiled the kitchen floors last month.) But I think there is a little bit of magic in the house (remember the GPS?) No matter how stressed we might be, a sense of peace and well-being fills our souls whenever we visit. Our guests have said the same thing, over and over.