Monticello, FL – Today we are going just across the state line to Florida! This antebellum beauty, built 1852, is one of my favorite homes in Monticello. This is what we often think of when we picture an “old South” house. The history of the original family is really interesting!
William S. Dilworth was a prominent attorney in the area, and this Greek Revival showplace served as his family’s winter home. Dilworth married Cornelia Gaulden of Quitman, Georgia – she was the daughter of a Missionary Baptist Clergyman.
The Dilworth family had a plantation home between Lloyd and Monticello, where they spent their summers. After the Civil War, the family suffered major financial setbacks, and both Dilworths died by 1870. Their children ended up being raised by Cornelia’s mother, until she too passed away.
The house is located a couple of blocks from two beautiful buildings in Monticello, and I had to include them!
The courthouse, built in 1909 – sure gets your attention as it’s right in the middle of town!
A really neat building is the Opera House, built in 1890. It still has its 300+ seat theater! So often these types of buildings didn’t survive, and it’s wonderful to see a small town opera house. Lots of information about it available at Monticello Opera House
Looking at the beautiful Dilworth-Barnhill House, courthouse, and opera house – I’m ready to go back and explore more of Monticello, Florida! Thanks so much for reading the blog, I sure do appreciate it! If you’re on Instagram, I post photos daily, @oldgeorgiahomes