Forsyth, GA – Monroe County – Looking at the antebellum Willingham House, I kept thinking something was different about it’s look. It does not face the street. That got me curious so did some digging to learn a little more about this home.
Talking to the helpful folks at the Forsyth/Monroe Co Historical Society, I learned that several of the big houses were built facing the courthouse. That helped to clear up why this house didn’t face the street!
The house was built in the 1850s by Dr. William C Wilkes, who was the first president of Monroe Female College (which later became Tift College). He sold the home in 1863 to B.L. Willingham. Later the house was owned by Banks Stephens – and the Willingham family bought the house in 1930.
I finally found what’s unique about this Greek Revival House – in an old book by Medora Field Perkerson – White Columns of Georgia – the uneven number of columns! That’s what’s different – the steps to the house are located on the side of the porch. Mystery solved!
Glad to understand more about this beautiful old home! And thanks so much for reading the blog, I sure do appreciate it!