Inside A Big Old, Rambling Victorian

The Cedars

Washington, GA – This 18 room house is known as “The Cedars” – it’s a Big Old Georgia Home for sure!  And the land here was originally an Indian homesite, and later owned by George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

George Walton one of the Declaration of Independence Signers









The original house was started 1793, added onto in 1805, and then the big two story addition was added in 1885.  Style-wise, they call this High Victorian.  Check out the outside details before we go in.  They just kept adding and adding to this place!

Victorian woodwork


Porch detail

Here’s a picture from 1889, soon after the big front addition was completed (courtesy Ga Archives).  I wasn’t sure why an 11 room addition was necessary, but get this – the owner at that time had 10 children.  That’s why you build a big old rambling Victorian house!  Guess they needed the room, huh?



I always like knowing what the houses I see looked like in the old days, and here’s a picture of one of the parlors in 1925 (Ga Archives, Vanishing Georgia Collection).  The house has 2 kitchens and 2 parlors – and they stretch to a total of 90 feet.



Looking around in the house, it’s got so many rooms, and it’s asymmetrical, so it’s hard to get a picture that conveys the sheer size of this place.  But you can tell this large family must have enjoyed this house, and just think if walls could talk! I liked the lived in feel in here.





double parlor




Thanks for going on this quick trip through this Big Old Georgia Home!  Appreciate you reading this!

Once Grand Victorian House…

Pendleton Graves House

Sparta, GA – Driving through Hancock County on a dreary day, happened upon this Victorian.  No I didn’t go inside of this one as it’s unoccupied.  It looked kinda spooky to me, and if I’d heard a noise inside here, it would have been “RUN FORREST, RUN!” time.  In all seriousness, I see houses like this and just see the potential to be restored to it’s former grandeur.

This is known as the Pendleton-Graves House, originally built in 1820 in a much plainer style.  The upstairs of the house is only one room deep, which is in keeping with homes built at that time in our area, the “I” house as it’s sometimes called.  2 stories tall, one story deep.

It was expanded, and then given a Victorian facelift sometime around 1880. I mean, look at the octagonal spires on the roof!

I couldn’t find a lot of information on this house, but did find a photo from 1973 that shows it in better days (and way fewer paint colors) courtesy of UGA digital archives.

UGA Digital Archives


Lots of history and historic homes throughout Sparta and Hancock County, so will be sharing those here with you soon!