Forsyth, Ga – 10 Beautiful Old Homes

 

Forsyth, Ga – Monroe County – The city of Forsyth, county seat of Monroe County, dates back to 1822.  So much history, and so many great old houses.  Today we are looking at 10 of them.

Exploring Forsyth, I found so many interesting homes.  The Proctor-Taylor-Hill House is also known as the house of seven gables.  The Proctor family lived here for 23 years, and enlarged it to its current appearance in the 1890s.  Originally there was a separate kitchen, separated by a breezeway. I love the gingerbread trim on the porch, and those huge windows!

Seven Gables

The beauty below, now called Ariston, was built in 1830 from bricks made on site.  This is a solid house – the walls are two feet thick!  It’s a huge home, with 13 rooms and 9 fireplaces.  Really beautiful antebellum home.

Ariston

The Bramblett-Hill-Purce-Revard Home below is a really interesting one.  Love the arches on this house!  It was built in 1874 by A.H. Bramblett.  The family owned the home for about 40 years.  A couple of fun facts about this house:  it has a zinc bathtub.  I read that the children loved sliding down a slide that was connected to the tub.  Bet that was fun!

Built in 1874

The first passenger train in Georgia traveled between Macon and Forsyth

Fun fact: Forsyth had the first passenger rail service in Georgia!  Back in 1838, the first passenger train traveled 25 miles between Macon and Forsyth.  There are 2 train depots in town, this one dates back to the 1840s.  Many train depots were destroyed during the Civil War, so it’s always a treat to see one that survived.

1840s Macon & Western Railroad Depot

Riding around old Forsyth, I saw this cottage and had to stop and admire it – with rocking chairs and a porch swing, it’s so inviting!

Great cottage!

The Ensign Home below was built in 1925 and stayed in the family for several decades.  The Mediterranean Revival style was very popular in the 1920s.

Ensign Home, 1925

Visiting Forsyth, I was very curious about the Willingham House, which doesn’t face the street.  I wrote a short post on it here

Willingham House, 1850s

I love everything about the cottage below!  Picket fence, great porch, just beautiful!

Great cottage!

The Cater Home dates to the 1880s and has been in the family for generations.  The Caters lived out in the country before Mr. Cater designed this in town home for his family. And another bathtub story here – this house was the first built with a bathtub in town.

Tift College – one of the first female colleges in the world!

Forsyth also had a liberal arts women’s college – established in 1849.  Tift College operated until the late 1980s, when it merged with Mercer University.  Near the college, I saw this beautiful home.  Turns out this house dates back prior to 1833.  It was actually built in Clinton, and moved 20 miles by oxcart back  in 1833!

Moved by oxcart in 1833!

I’m often surprised by how much major remodeling went on in the 1800s.  The house below was a one story house in 1872.  It was remodeled 3 times to the current appearance.  At one time, there was a well in the front yard, that the whole neighborhood used.

Banks-Chapman House

Lots of great old homes and interesting history in Forsyth. When I started writing this, saw there’s an upcoming tour of homes by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on June 8, 2019.

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