Secret Southern Art: Lake House Signs

June 4, 2013 | By | Comments (2)
Photo Helen Norman

Photo Helen Norman

Last summer I lucked out and scouted Richard Tubb’s lake house (above) that’s featured in the June issue. Headed to an Alabama lake that I’d never been to (that’s well out-of-the-way of cell phone and GPS service), Richard assured me that I wouldn’t get lost if I took the turns marked by a black sign with seven aluminum lines. Intrigued but trusting,  I set out for the house guided by corners marked with groupings like the one below.

Photo Zoë Gowen

Photo Zoë Gowen

When I arrived a few hours later I couldn’t help but think that these artful signs set the tone for adventure at the lake, much more than street signs do.

Photo Zoë Gowen

Photo Zoë Gowen

So what’s the story with Richard’s seven squiggly lines? They represent the name of Richard’s lake house — “Seven Sticks” named for the seven white spruce poles that support his home.

Richard’s handiwork got me thinking — what other artful signs are dotting country roads across the South? Is at the end of your own drive? Or perhaps just a sign that you pass often? Let me know in the comments below!

Want more? Create a secluded lake house getaway like Richard’s with these Lake House Decorating Ideas.


  1. abbeybowena

    I love this article and those similar. My Mama has a lake house in South Georgia, and she loves old signs and new signs to spruce up the place. Signs like these make the homes and the docks much more fun! She has been looking for Meg Braff’s “bikini point” sign or someone to recreate it for her ever since the article last summer.

    June 5, 2013 at 10:01 am
  2. Arthur in the Garden!

    I love old signs, too!

    June 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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