Monticello, Ga – Jasper County – The Jordan-Bellew House is a great antebellum home in Monticello. I’ve seen this one a few times, and now have the history here to share.  It’s available for sale so we can take a look inside.

The house has been recently restored!  I took a photo of the house 3 years ago, and comparing to today’s photo there are plenty of changes on the outside of this house – the roof being a big change in addition to the repairs and paint. A lot of work has occurred and the house is back to its original beauty.

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Comparing the exterior before and after renovation

The Jordan-Bellew House build date is in the mid 1850s.  A couple of sources say 1838, but most all agree this is too early for the house.  Fleming & Ann Meriwether Jordan were having the house built, sadly she passed away in 1853 before the house was finished.  Fleming Jordan had served in the state legislature for 5 terms, and this was to be their retirement home.  What strikes me about this house is the detail that went into the construction.

The boards on the first floor of the house, below are flush-boarded.  The remainder of the house is clapboards.  The Jordan-Bellew House excels in the little details, both inside and out.

First Floor Detail – notice the boards

After Mrs. Jordan’s death, Fleming Jordan sold the Jordan-Bellew House to his son, along with 165 acres. His son’s widow lived here until her death in 1907.  At that point it passed on to her daughter, and it stayed in the family until 1941.  Now, before we get to later owners, let’s take a look inside this amazing house.

The staircase is one of the key features in this home that’s been written about over the years.  Just beautiful.

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The amazing staircase (from listing)

This photo from the 19790s shows how little has changed – just fun to see this with some of the old furniture and rugs.

The foyer and staircase in the 1970s (Library of Congress)

The woodwork in the house is very detailed – the baseboards have a tremendous amount of detail on them.

The details carry on in here – looking at the pocket doors between the parlor and dining room below, the detail is continued.

1970s View of Parlor and Dining Room (Library of Congress)
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Dining Room Today

To see all the Jordan-Bellew House listing photos, click here

Jordan-Bellew House, 1940s and Beyond

In 1941, George Franklin (GF) Oliphant purchased the home from the Jordan family descendants.

From The Atlanta Constitution, May 6, 1908

GF Oliphant led an interesting life!  He married Jennie Sophia Gray, who passed away in 1911. In 1912, he married her widowed older sister, Isabella Stewart Gray Thomas.  an editor of a newspaper in Thomaston for several years.  He then became the head of city schools in nearby Barnesville, where he was extremely successful.  In 1908, he became the Superintendent for the Georgia Academy of the Blind, located in Macon.  He held this position for 33 years.  He purchased the Jordan-Bellew House upon his retirement.  He lived here for just a few years and passed away in 1946.

From that time, there were a succession of owners. The house was 100 years old, and falling into disrepair.  Enter Robert Bellew.  He purchased the home in 1967 and set about restoring the house.  The old photos of the house we saw above were from his time in the home.  Bellew had served as Principal at Jasper County High School for many years, and was active on the Uncle Remus Regional Library Board.  He lived here many years, and the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

That brings us up today.  When I saw the house a few years ago, it was a faded beauty.  There was a lot that needed to be done to the house.  In the last 3 years, the house has been fully restored.  It’s always great to see a house restored to its former glory!

Jordan-Bellew House
Jordan-Bellew House Today

Monticello has a lot of great old homes, and I did a sampler of them a long time ago. Click below to see a variety of houses around town.

Monticello, GA – Great Old Homes

Thanks so much for reading the blog, hope you enjoyed learning more about the Jordan-Bellew House.  Appreciate your time!

 

 

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