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.
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!
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.
Thanks for going on this quick trip through The Cedars! A great way to learn about more of the history of the area is The Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation. Appreciate you reading this!