Athens – Clarke County – This week we are in Athens, “The Classic City” – home to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). There are so many great old homes to see I couldn’t get them all in one post!  This week we are primarily taking a walking tour around the Dearing Historic District.  There’s a great tour brochure put together by The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.  I started out by visiting what is believed to be the oldest remaining house in Athens, the circa 1820 Church-Waddel-Brumby House.  It is also the location of the Athens Welcome Center.  Also, I visited in December, so you will see a few Christmas decorations!

Athens Welcome Center

The Welcome Center is being restored to its appearance in the 1820s, it is fun to take a look around this almost 200 year old home!

Inside The Oldest House in Athens

The City of Athens was founded in 1806

Now as I got looking around Dearing Street, I had to go and admire the Bond House below.  I love a big old Victorian, and this house commands the corner it is on.  Porches galore and a great turret too.

The 1893 Bond House

The Young L.G. Harris House below dates from the 1830s.  This house is on a corner, and was moved from facing Pope Street to Dearing Street many years ago. If you look closely, there is a very friendly cat on the front porch of this historic home.

Circa 1830s Young L.G.  Harris House

Judge Harris, below, lived in the home for around 50 years.  A philanthropist, Young Harris College is named in his honor.

Young L.G. Harris, a judge and Athens Philanthropist (from New Georgia Encyclopedia)

The Goodwin-McNeil House below is the only stucco house around.  It was the home of artist Sally Goodwin for many years, and there is a large studio upstairs in this house.  She was a founding member of the Athens Art Alliance back in 1919.

Circa 1910 Goodwin-McNeil House

Below is another 1820s house in Athens (and there aren’t many that have survived!).  I love the porch on this house.  Turns out the house has been moved, but retains a lot of its old floorboards and federal style mantels.  The chimneys were painted pink in the 1960s, thus the house is known as Pink Chimneys.

Another 1820s home, called Pink Chimneys

Dearing Street contains a Tree That Owns Itself

Yes,  there is a tree that owns itself at the corner of Dearing and Finley.  The owner of the land wanted it protected forever, and he deeded – to the tree – all the land within 8 feet of it.  The original tree fell in 1942, but a sapling from one of its acorns, planted in 1946 now occupies this sport.

The Mell-Whitworth House below is a little different than most of the other houses.  Major remodeling over the years, as it originally had a corner turret and wrap around porch.

1880s Mell-Whitworth House

Now the house below caught my eye as I just love the window details and of course the beautiful porch.

Beautiful home!

I went a little further afield in the area, and spotted more beautiful Victorians.  A yellow house always looks so inviting!

Another great wraparound porch


The Nix-Hartman Cottage below, built in 1915.  Interestingly this has been home to several prominent Athenians throughout the years, including UGA football coach Bill Hartman!

The 1915 Nix-Hartman Cottage

This is just a small glimpse of the amazing old homes around Athens, so will have some upcoming posts showing a few other neighborhoods.  Thanks so much for coming along on this tour, I appreciate you reading the blog!



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