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 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!

13 Replies to “The Cedars, c 1793 – Washington”

  1. The Cedars belonged to several generations of my ancestors going back to the Colley Family, then the Robert Family and later the Sims. I never knew about Walton owning it but I know a Frenchman lived there originally and that General LaFayette once stayed there. The home was passed down through the daughters and son in laws of the family. My Great Grandmother lived there then my Great Grandmother was born & died there and my Grandmother and her siblings were born there too. After her parents died she and her siblings returned to live there with their aunt. There were I think 20 people living in the home at one point (it had 21 rooms then) because so many cousins were living there due to being orphaned. The silver knee buckles that were once owned by Cornwallis used to be on display in the home but were moved to the museum years ago. Many of the girls in the family had male names, odd but I guess there were few sons. There were two females named Clifford (probably a family surname) and my Grandmother’s baby sister was also named Mary Clifford Irvine. Milton George Robert (of the Swiss/French Huguenot Roberts of Charleston) was a planter and I would imagine he owned much of the land beside and behind the house in the 1860s.

    1. What was your grandmother’s name? She may have been a sister of my grandmother. Was it Elizabeth Sims DeVaughan?

  2. I’ve been doing research for a couple of years and I’m looking to move to Georgia, preferably an historical area. This home keeps calling to me and is currently in my top 5 options. I’m a huge history buff and any updates I’d make would be hidden and the true history of whatever home I do choose would be restored

    1. No, there is not. It was moved to another lot to be restored. It was never done and eventually rotted and had to be torn down. Such a shame!

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