Eatonton – Favorite Homes

Davis-Ashurst House

Eatonton, GA – Putnam County – Eatonton has many historic homes, in fact it was hard to choose a few favorite homes to put into one post!  Just a little over an hour east of Atlanta, this town of about 6,500 is the birthplace of several famous people.  Joel Chandler Harris, who wrote the Uncle Remus stories is from here, and last month I had a chance to tour his Atlanta home.  Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple” hails from here, as well as S. Truett Cathy – the founder of Chick-Fil-A.  There’s a great variety of historic homes around Eatonton!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Reid Sichveland House

This Greek Revival beauty was completed in 1855.  It’s known as the Reid-Greene-Lawrence-Schiveland House, and it still has it’s original plaster medallions inside.  It’s considered notable for the excellent state of preservation.

 

Tunison Paschal Sammons

This is the Tunison-Lawson-Simmons House, originally built as a Greek Revival in 1854, and then renovated into the Italianate look in 1858 with the tall tower, etc.  It sits way back from the road and at one point had a large scale dairy operated on the property.  The boxwood gardens here were planted in 1869.

Morning Glory

This cheery yellow Victorian home was built in 1882, and the fourth owners of the house named it “Morning Glory”.  I want to sit on the rockers on the front porch!Adams Hearn Hume House

This Greek Revival cottage was built in 1856 and is known as the Adams-Hearn-Hume House.  Sitting quite a ways back from the road, this home has exterior details that are considered some of the finest in the area.

 

Slade Hall

This brick home is known as Slade Hall, and was built between 1852 and 1854.  It has amazing gardens as well, with over 400 boxwoods.  Glad I don’t have to keep up that garden!  Inside this house, there are 40 foot long hallways on each floor!  It’s for sale and you can take a look inside the home here

Thomas-Nisbet -Taliaferro House

The home above, the Thomas-Nisbet-Taliferro House is thought to have been built in the 1830s.  It is part of the Methodist Church property, you can see the building off to the right.

Panola Hall

This is Panola Hall, I have read about this home in the past and was eager to see it.  Built in 1854, this was the town house of a plantation owner.  But here’s something interesting – it’s thought to be haunted by the ghost of Silvia, a young girl who died in the late 1800s.  What’s interesting, she’s been called a snobby ghost, that she will only appear for those she considers to be of her social class!

Davis-Ashurst House

Don’t you love the front porch on this home?  This is the Davis-Ashurst House, built in 1888.  What’s interesting, it was originally a Queen Anne Victorian house but then it was remodeled into the current, Classic Revival look in 1898.  You can tell it was originally more Victorian as it has the variety of window sizes and placement.

Thomas Harrison House

This home, with it’s great windows was built in 1902.  It’s known as the Thomas-Clark-Dennis-Harrison house.

Riley-Williams House

I love the big windows in this circa 1904 house!  The original chandeliers and mantels are still in the home.

Eagle Tavern

This imposing house was originally built as the Eagle Tavern around 1820.  It was then converted to a Greek Revival mansion with all the columns sometime around 1850.  This is one big house! During the Depression it was converted into several apartments, but the owner never got rid of the original details. It’s now known as the Bronson House.

for sale

I found this circa 1845 fixer upper for sale and had to go check it out.  It had the big porch with columns on it, but that’s gone now.  You can get a sense of the house looking at the listing photos here

I had to get a closer look at the house, and here’s a view of the front hall.

Hallway

So much potential – and just think of the history here.

There are many fantastic historic homes in Eatonton, and if you’re in the area it’s a great way to see a variety of old Georgia homes!  As always, I really appreciate you reading the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian House Tour – The Wrens Nest

Wrens Nest Front View

Historic West End, Atlanta – Fulton County.  I always enjoy Victorian homes, and had the chance to visit The Wren’s Nest – the long time home of Joel Chandler Harris, who is best known as the author of the Uncle Remus children’s stories (Br’er Rabbit!).  Now a house museum, this home has been preserved in the early 1900s.  Many original pieces remain, which always makes for an interesting visit.  Jeri was my tour guide here, and she is one of those gifted guides who can bring a house to life as you walk through it.

The Historic West End in Atlanta was not even a part of Atlanta than when the family moved to this 5 acre farm around 1880.  It was a rural area, and one of the first integrated areas around Atlanta.  The Harris family had 9 children (6 survived to adulthood), and the property was originally known as Snap Bean Farm.  While I knew about the children’s stories, it was fascinating to learn about the family and the history in this home.

 

Front Porch

First off, the front porch!  Loved the Victorian details on it.  Joel Chandler Harris often did his writing out on the porch.  Granted, it was much quieter in the 1800s without cars driving by and planes flying overhead.  After admiring the porch, I was ready to go in and see this place!

Front Room

The photo above shows an editor’s desk from The Atlanta Constitution (he worked there for 24 years), but over the mantle – that’s how the house got it’s name. The Wren’s Nest.  That’s the old mailbox up on the left of the mantle, and around 1900 wrens were building a nest in there, and the house became known as The Wren’s Nest.  There’s a replica of it on the front porch and sure enough, wrens have built a nest in it too!  The kids put up a second mailbox so the birds would not be disturbed.

The living room is probably the most grand room in the house, with 6 stained glass windows in it.  I loved seeing it decorated for Christmas, and those wreathes in the windows.  What a great room.  You get a sense too of how Victorian this house is inside.  Wallpapers in every room, etc.  The chandeliers are what I call “duel fuel” – they have a couple of electrified lights, and then a couple of gas lights all on the same fixture.

Living Room

This is the family room, with many family photos.  One thing I learned, Joel Chandler Harris was friends with Theodore Roosevelt and went to the White House.  And the house has been in a movie!  Walt Disney filmed “Song of the South” there in 1946.

Family Room

The large center hall in the house contains some of the family’s books.  Who knew that Br’er Rabbit had been published in 29 languages?  I stopped to look at this piano, the candles on it caught my attention.  Then again, you’d need them in the pre-electricity days!

Piano

This bedroom is known as the girls’ room.  They used the window to the left of the bed to walk out on the wraparound porch in order to get to the outhouse!

Girls room

The Joel Chandler Harris bedroom has been left exactly as it was when he passed away in 1908.  This was one of the stipulations of the house being turned into a museum, and there’s no entry into this bedroom.  He did not like the addition of the bathroom to the house, and preferred the outhouse!  The crib was used by several generations of the family.  Neat to see a 1908 time capsule of a room!

Joel Chandler Harris Bedroom

The dining room was an addition to the house.  See that big table and chairs?  They’re from Sears, and originally purchased for $25.  Yes, $25!

dining room

The oil cloth floor covering in the dining room – I’ve only seen one other one in my house tours so far.  This was a popular type floor covering in the 19th century.

Oil Cloth Floor Cover

The Wren’s Nest is a great opportunity to learn more about Joel Chandler Harris, and to get a look inside a Victorian house.  It’s open Tuesday thru Saturday, and there’s children’s storytelling on Saturdays.

Thanks so much for coming along on the tour, I really appreciate your reading the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Cottages and Bungalows

Candler Park Bungalow
Candler Park Bungalow

As much as I enjoy looking at the big old houses around Georgia, the cottage and bungalow is another form of house I really like.  And I’m a sucker for a great front porch!  Be it a raised cottage, craftsman bungalows, etc – I love the variety!  Here are some that I particularly enjoyed over the last few months, and several photos I haven’t had a chance to publish before.  It’s hard to find one particular style that I like best, I can appreciate them all.

Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow
Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow

Now the Victorian Cottage – and the many varieties of it, are always favorites to see.

Victorian in Washington, GA
Victorian in Washington, GA

Another great one in Candler Park, check out that porch.  So much potential here.

Check out that porch!
Check out that porch!
Raised cottage style near Eatonton
Raised cottage style near Eatonton

Even famous cottages, like FDR’s Little White House at Warm Springs are a treat to see.  You can check out the previous post on this for a full tour of the property and grounds.

Little White House in Warm Springs
Little White House in Warm Springs

Circa 1840
Circa 1840 in Madison, GA

And of course summertime means beach time for many folks, and the beach cottage style is always a favorite!

Tybee Island
Tybee Island
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever...
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever…

The variety of old cottages and bungalows around Georgia is just amazing.

Now that's a serious front porch!
Now that’s a serious front porch!
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison

One of the trends in the 1920s-1940s was to build much smaller homes than in the past.  The Tudor style cottage below isn’t large, but has some big curb appeal!

Tudor Cottage near Emory University
Tudor Cottage near Emory University

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some different bungalows and cottages that I’ve seen around Georgia.  Thanks so much for checking out the site – I appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenville – Favorite Homes

Greenville, GA –  Had the chance to visit Greenville, GA this weekend. It’s the county seat of Meriwether County, about 55 miles southwest of Atlanta.  Greenville is a small town, with a population of about 950.  And quite a few  historic homes on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Warner-Hill-Clark House, pictured below is on the National Register.  This is actually 2 single story houses put together!  Originally built in 1836, another was added to the house to create the second story in 1869.  There’s a little bit of difference in the wood between the first and second floor, since they were originally two different houses.  Even better, it’s for sale and there are quite a few pictures of the interior you can see here.

Warner Hill Clark House

Not too far down the road is another one of my favorites, the Burwell O. Hill House with imposing columns below.  The story on this house – it was originally built in 1893 as a Victorian Style house.  This was towards the very end of the Victorian Era.  In 1909, there was a major renovation of the house to make the exterior of it look like the then-trendy Classic Revival style.  The inside remained Victorian.  Pretty cool, huh?

Burwell O Hill House

This blue house, it’s just fantastic!  Everything about it, what a great house!!  This could be called Gothic Revival or Victorian Gothic. I just call it fantastic!  I want to move into this today.

Greenville 1

Couldn’t get a good picture of the one below, but you can see it sure does look like it’s kin to the blue house above!

Greenville 5

With Greenville being pretty small, you can easily cover a lot of town on foot here.  And there were quite a few homes for sale here. Walking around you realize too how hilly this area of western Georgia is.  This 1910 home is way up a hill and it’s for sale!  There are some interior pictures you can see here.  Like the woodwork in the main hall and the stained glass windows.

Hilltop

I was pleased to find some great bungalows around town, this one just ended up my favorite.  The front porch – just love it.

Bungalow

Also really liked some of the details on this bungalow.  The porch! I enjoy big houses and columns, but also really enjoy the ease of a one story house.

Greenville Blue

Now this one has some great details and is sporting a great paint job. And that porch!  It too is listed for sale at $159K.

For Sale Greenville

Lots of the old south style homes here, this one has columns and an upstairs porch – unusual to see this. The rocking chairs look great here too!

2 story Porch

And here’s one last one I really liked in Greenville – and hey it’s for sale too!

Greenville 8

Naturally walking around made me hungry (OK, what doesn’t make me hungry? HA!).  The Court Square Café, right on the square has some really good food!  Their website can be found here.  The Pimento Cheeseburger was really good.

Thanks so much for touring some favorite homes in Greenville!  Appreciate you reading the blog!

 

Madison, Georgia – 10 Favorite Homes

Madison, GA – Time to look at some historic homes in Madison! This is one beautiful small town, established in 1809.  It is said that when General Sherman came through in 1864, he spared the town because it was “too pretty to burn”.  True or not, it is a pretty town.  There are so many old homes in this town of approximately 4,000 and walking around I enjoyed looking at all the front porches, American flags, and mature landscaping.  I tried to look for and share some homes that I had not seen photographed as often.

They have a couple of tours of homes each year, one in the Spring and one just before Christmas.  If you want to visit Madison, Georgia – a great resource is the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center as they have a calendar you can take a look at. Madison is the county seat of Morgan County.

The Kolb-Foster House has had several updates since originally built in the late 1830s, love that wraparound porch!

Kolb-Foster 1837
Kolb-Foster House, circa 1837 with some later updates.

Now this is one built in 1840, sitting on a double lot.  I just want to hang out on that front porch!

Circa 1840

Now this is one grand home!

Madison GA

 General Sherman said “Madison is too pretty to burn”

Madison was along the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans, and the Stagecoach House below dates to 1810.  It has had some additions and more of a Greek Revival update in the 1840s, but amazing it’s still here.  Think about it, it’s been here for 215 years!  If those walls could talk….

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This is Boxwood, built 1851-1852, named for the gardens on the back side of the house here.  Called an Italian styled cottage when it was built, this home has been in the same family since 1906.  Some of the original parlor furnishings are on display at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.

Boxwoods

Another great porch – this is the Fitzpatrick-Walker-Miles House, circa 1900.

Front Porch

And this yellow house really has the look of home. This is the Jarboe-Cunningham House, built in 1907.

Jarboe-Cunningham House, Built 1907

Whenever I think of Madison, Georgia – this is the kind of house that comes to mind!  There are quite a few antebellum and classic revival houses, so if you love big old houses with white columns, you’ll get your fill in Madison, Georgia.

Hill Baldwin Huggins Home Circa 1842

This is the Winter House, circa 1896 – check out that detailing on the porch.  I’d hate to have to paint that woodwork!  But what a fun looking house!

Winter House Circa 1896

I didn’t get any information on this house, but that front porch sure looks inviting!

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And just one more with the great front porch going on before we leave Madison.

Madison, Georgia

Madison is about an hour east of Atlanta on I-20, and not only does it have great old homes, the downtown has a great variety of shops and restaurants.  This is one of my favorite small towns in Georgia – and hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at some favorite homes here.

You don’t have to wait for a tour of homes to tour an Antebellum home, as Heritage Hall is open for tours all of the time.  Full details of Heritage Hall are on their website.  This is one special home, and if you get a chance take their tour!