Dublin – Laurens County, Georgia – I had an opportunity to tour several great old homes in Dublin, Georgia a couple of weeks ago. This is a one day “expedition” put on by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation – always fun to tour, and I meet the nicest people! This is my first real visit to Dublin, usually it’s our quick stop on the way to Savannah. There’s lots to explore in this town of 16,000 so let’s get looking around.
Talk about a Georgia mansion…this 1903 home is huge! 7,000 square feet, with it’s very own ballroom too. It was described as one of the grandest homes south of Atlanta when built. It has had several owners over the years – and it’s been a church, a funeral home, corporate offices – and now a B&B. It’s got amazing stained glass windows too. You can learn more of the history and see more photos on the Page House website.
In 1905, this Dr. Joseph Morgan Page bought this house. He and his wife had 6 children – and he gave a house to each child upon their marriage. There are several homes along Bellevue Avenue that trace back to this family – we’ll see one more.
Dublin was once larger than Macon, Ga!
The house below, the Bashinski House, is a really interesting one. Izzie and Helen Bashinski took frequent trips to Europe – and wanted a house to reflect the Italian villa look. They hired a regionally famous architect, Charles Edward Choate, to design this house built of solid concrete. We saw several Choate-designed houses in our visit to Sandersville last year.
Only 3 families have lived in the house, and a lot of original fixtures remain today. The lions and urns around the front door were purchased on their honeymoon.
I got curious about Izzie Bashinski, and this very unique house. Turns out he served as the Mayor during World War 1 after the prior mayor enlisted in the US Army! I found some old photos, and here’s a look at the house in 1918. I really love the awnings in the old photo.
Now the house below just caught my eye as I was walking along Bellevue Ave. And this house has a story! Built around 1910, this house was a family home for quite some time. By the 1960s things really changed. It became a business school for secretaries and stenographers. AND Nancy Taylor Charm & Finishing Courses were held here. Quite a change for this old house. Things are much quieter around the houses these days.
Here’s a photograph from 1918 of the house, with a toddler in front of the steps!
Dublin grew and grew as an agricultural hub in the area, with cotton bringing a lot of money into the town. The town peaked in growth around 1900-1910. That made sense to me as so many homes are from the time of tremendous growth.
I kept finding more great old homes around Dublin, just love the porch on this one!!
In 1900, Dublin was Georgia’s 6th Largest City
Below may have been my favorite stop. It’s the home of the Historical Society and a museum. It’s open year round and a great stop if you are in the area. They have a great website you can visit here.
The Smith-Rentz-Corker-Curry-Lovett House (now that is quite a long name) got my attention. I did read somewhere that Frank Corker served as Mayor of Dublin in the late 1800s, and he was one of the founders of First National Bank of Dublin in 1913. Love the shape of the windows on this house!
I had to stop and take pictures of the beautiful house below – it’s springtime in the south! It’s now law offices.
The first house we saw today was Dr Page’s house – and the house below is one he had built in 1920 for his daughter Pearl upon her marriage to Edgar Gassaway Simmons. Descendents of the family lived in the house until the late 1990s.
I rode down several side streets admiring the houses, and this one with the tin roof caught my eye. Front porch, picket fence, tin roof – love it all!
The Sanders House below is the oldest house on Bellevue. The first owner of the house was a school teacher, who also practiced law, and was the mayor of Dublin in the late 1800s as well.
The picture below shows the great tour map The Georgia Trust had for us in Dublin…and my Tractor Supply purchase. I always find great stuff in there!
Thanks so much for coming along on our trip to Dublin – really appreciate you reading the blog!