Before & After

Sparta, Ga – Hancock County – I love being able to share the history of homes saved through preservation.  The transformation of the Terrell-Stone House is nothing short of amazing!

The Terrell-Stone House dates back to 1822.  Originally built for Dr. William Terrell (1778-1855), the home has many interesting architectural details – those 32 pane windows are just beautiful! Dr. Terrell led an interesting life.  Terrell served in the Georgia State Legislature 1810-1813. During that time he helped establish a library for the state legislature.  He traveled to Florence and Jerusalem – think about how difficult that must have been circa 1810!


The house was built for Terrell while he was serving in the U.S. Congress, and is still one of the finest homes in Sparta.  A look inside the house (in 1936) shows off some of the details.  When the house was built, the dining room and library were located on the ground floor.

Fanlight windows – photographed 1936 for Historic American Buildings Survey
Front porch – in 1936 it went across the entire front of the house, later restored to original size.
Ceiling Medallion

Terrell County, Georgia is named for Dr. William Terrell

Terrell-Stone House (courtesy of Ga Trust for Historic Preservation)

The house changed hands, and as with so many old homes, declined over the years.  The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation stepped in – and this was their first purchased through the Revolving Fund, used to acquire endangered, historically significant properties.

As often as I have admired the Terrell-Stone House, it was interesting to learn about the original family of this house, and to see a successful preservation of this historic home.  Thanks so much for reading the blog, I appreciate it!



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