Washington, GA – Peacewood. Touring this home was a highlight of last weekend’s tour. Sitting way back from the road it impresses visitors the minute you see it. I couldn’t wait to check this house out – and the current owners have done major restoration work for over a decade here.
Walking up to the house it has it all – white picket fence? Check! Columns? Check! History? Check! And what’s interesting – it’s actually an older home built in the 1790s (on the right), and then the big antebellum addition dates to 1833. It was the seat of a plantation and has a lot of the old outbuildings still standing.
Bunny, one of the awesome volunteers, greeted me on the front porch and showed how much work had been done restoring the columns(she had on a bunny rabbit cardigan, perfect for Easter weekend!). The columns were rotting and from looking at the pictures, this was a major undertaking to restore. We went in the central hall downstairs, where she showed me the older part of the house and the newer part of the house.
If you look to the doorway on the right, that’s the older part of the house – you can tell as the molding around the doors is different on the right side of the hall than the left side of the hall.
I couldn’t wait to get in this quintessential Old Georgia Home and check it out. On the left you go into a formal parlor, and the dining room is behind it.
The dining room – that table is from an English Country Home, and was made around 1800.
The kitchen was part of an extension to the home that had to be completely rebuilt. Listening to the homeowners, it was apparent how much effort they have made to preserve this structure – and it needed so much work! Check out this cabinet, they had to remove 9 layers of paint to get to the original wood.
I had to skip photos in a couple of rooms, as there were lots of folks in the house. So no kitchen photo this time. Time to head upstairs and check out a couple of bedrooms up here.
Peacewood has quite the pedigree – land originally owned by George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is also known as Wingfield-Cade-Saunders house, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
I went digging and found some pictures of Peacewood from 1936, when it was a working dairy farm. The 3 photos below are from the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Interestingly, many of the outbuildings have been preserved and restored – you don’t often see that!
And here’s the surrounding property – just beautiful! This is the view off the front porch.
There were southern belles at each of the homes on the tour. During a quiet moment, I looked up and saw them walking in front of the house – and just looked like a picture of days gone by.
Thanks for coming along on this tour of Peacewood – appreciate you reading the blog!