Greenville – Favorite Homes

Greenville, GA –  Had the chance to visit Greenville, GA this weekend. It’s the county seat of Meriwether County, about 55 miles southwest of Atlanta.  Greenville is a small town, with a population of about 950.  And quite a few  historic homes on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Warner-Hill-Clark House, pictured below is on the National Register.  This is actually 2 single story houses put together!  Originally built in 1836, another was added to the house to create the second story in 1869.  There’s a little bit of difference in the wood between the first and second floor, since they were originally two different houses.  Even better, it’s for sale and there are quite a few pictures of the interior you can see here.

Warner Hill Clark House

Not too far down the road is another one of my favorites, the Burwell O. Hill House with imposing columns below.  The story on this house – it was originally built in 1893 as a Victorian Style house.  This was towards the very end of the Victorian Era.  In 1909, there was a major renovation of the house to make the exterior of it look like the then-trendy Classic Revival style.  The inside remained Victorian.  Pretty cool, huh?

Burwell O Hill House

This blue house, it’s just fantastic!  Everything about it, what a great house!!  This could be called Gothic Revival or Victorian Gothic. I just call it fantastic!  I want to move into this today.

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Couldn’t get a good picture of the one below, but you can see it sure does look like it’s kin to the blue house above!

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With Greenville being pretty small, you can easily cover a lot of town on foot here.  And there were quite a few homes for sale here. Walking around you realize too how hilly this area of western Georgia is.  This 1910 home is way up a hill and it’s for sale!  There are some interior pictures you can see here.  Like the woodwork in the main hall and the stained glass windows.

Hilltop

I was pleased to find some great bungalows around town, this one just ended up my favorite.  The front porch – just love it.

Bungalow

Also really liked some of the details on this bungalow.  The porch! I enjoy big houses and columns, but also really enjoy the ease of a one story house.

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Now this one has some great details and is sporting a great paint job. And that porch!  It too is listed for sale at $159K.

For Sale Greenville

Lots of the old south style homes here, this one has columns and an upstairs porch – unusual to see this. The rocking chairs look great here too!

2 story Porch

And here’s one last one I really liked in Greenville – and hey it’s for sale too!

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Naturally walking around made me hungry (OK, what doesn’t make me hungry? HA!).  The Court Square Café, right on the square has some really good food!  Their website can be found here.  The Pimento Cheeseburger was really good.

Thanks so much for touring some favorite homes in Greenville!  Appreciate you reading the blog!

 

Stately Oaks Plantation near Atlanta, Georgia

Stately Oaks Plantation
Getting ready to tour the big house!

Stately Oaks Plantation is located in Jonesboro, just a few minutes away from Atlanta. This antebellum home was built around 1839 and it’s open to the public for tours. Back around 1860, this was the center of a 400 acre plantation.

If you go on a Saturday, your guides are dressed up in antebellum clothing (how did folks wear that many layers in the summer before air conditioning?).  As the guides take you through the big house, you learn so much about daily life in the period before the Civil War.

The house has been moved from it’s original location, which was about 4 miles north of Jonesboro.  It’s definitely seen it’s fair share of history since 1840, there were even Union Soldiers camped in the front yard during the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.  Jonesboro is Gone With The Wind country, as this is the setting for the fictional Tara Plantation.  We saw the movie set for Tara a while back, you can click here for that post.

To tour Stately Oaks, you stop first to buy your ticket on the property at Juddy’s Country Store.  I loved this old country store!  So many cool things in here, it was probably good the tour was about to start or I would have had to buy stuff!

Juddy's Country Store on the grounds of Stately Oaks
Juddy’s Country Store on the grounds of Stately Oaks

Stately Oaks Plantation is also known as The Orr House, Robert McCord House, and The Oaks.  The house was moved to it’s current location in 1972, and there was some vandalism prior to it being restored.  Here’s a picture from 1974 of this house (from NRHP).

Boarded Up and Awaiting Restoration
Boarded Up and Awaiting Restoration

The interior of the house – it’s 4 rooms over 4 rooms, and the hallway is about 10 feet wide.  I spy a vintage refrigerator off in the distance of the hallway picture below.

Interior of Stately Oaks, circa 1974.
Interior of Stately Oaks, circa 1974.
Another view from the 1970s
Another view from the 1970s

Can’t take pictures inside the big house, but there are several interesting buildings right around the house to check out – had no idea how many other buildings were here!  They have moved and preserved other buildings from throughout Clayton County to the site, which really made for an interesting visit.

This is the original kitchen house to Stately Oaks, they used to put mud in between the beams to keep it warmer in the winter, then remove that in the summer to allow for ventilation – always learn things checking out old houses!

Original Kitchen for Stately Oaks
Original Kitchen for Stately Oaks

Going inside the kitchen, you can’t help but notice the fireplace in here – imagine how many meals were cooked in here!  It was HOT the day I toured here, and I can’t imagine how hot it must have gotten in this building!

Inside Kitchen
Inside Kitchen
Kitchen Working Area
Kitchen Working Area

Another building that was interesting to see was a Sharecropper’s Cabin.  Big change from touring Stately Oaks Plantation big house!  Now, they call it a tenant cabin – and that does sound nicer, but it’s a Sharecropper cabin to me.  Interesting looking in here realizing how small this living space is.

Sharecropper Cabin
Sharecropper Cabin
Inside the Sharecropper Cabin
Inside the Sharecropper Cabin

There were quite a few other buildings to see, including the Bethel School that was relocated here.  Walking in here it was so fun looking around a turn of the century one-room school!

Inside Bethel School
Inside Bethel School

There’s even a blacksmith shop and barn here that I had to take a look at.

Barn
Barn

There’s even several Creek Indian buildings that have been recreated here.  I managed to embarrass myself inside one of these Creek Indian spots, walked into a darkened hut and was looking around –  a frog jumped right beside my foot and I calmly nearly jumped out of my skin.

Creek Indian Hut, complete with frogs in there!
Creek Indian Hut, complete with frogs in there!

This is one really interesting place to get to tour, and for those in Atlanta, it’s one of the closest plantations you can go and tour.  Hope you enjoyed taking a look around Stately Oaks Plantation.  This is run by Historical Jonesboro, and have included their link here for all the details about visiting them.

Stately Oaks Plantation
Stately Oaks Plantation

 

Thanks so much for reading the blog, I really appreciate it!

 

Madison, Georgia – 10 Favorite Homes

Madison, GA – Time to look at some historic homes in Madison! This is one beautiful small town, established in 1809.  It is said that when General Sherman came through in 1864, he spared the town because it was “too pretty to burn”.  True or not, it is a pretty town.  There are so many old homes in this town of approximately 4,000 and walking around I enjoyed looking at all the front porches, American flags, and mature landscaping.  I tried to look for and share some homes that I had not seen photographed as often.

They have a couple of tours of homes each year, one in the Spring and one just before Christmas.  If you want to visit Madison, Georgia – a great resource is the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center as they have a calendar you can take a look at. Madison is the county seat of Morgan County.

The Kolb-Foster House has had several updates since originally built in the late 1830s, love that wraparound porch!

Kolb-Foster 1837
Kolb-Foster House, circa 1837 with some later updates.

Now this is one built in 1840, sitting on a double lot.  I just want to hang out on that front porch!

Circa 1840

Now this is one grand home!

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 General Sherman said “Madison is too pretty to burn”

Madison was along the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans, and the Stagecoach House below dates to 1810.  It has had some additions and more of a Greek Revival update in the 1840s, but amazing it’s still here.  Think about it, it’s been here for 215 years!  If those walls could talk….

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This is Boxwood, built 1851-1852, named for the gardens on the back side of the house here.  Called an Italian styled cottage when it was built, this home has been in the same family since 1906.  Some of the original parlor furnishings are on display at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.

Boxwoods

Another great porch – this is the Fitzpatrick-Walker-Miles House, circa 1900.

Front Porch

And this yellow house really has the look of home. This is the Jarboe-Cunningham House, built in 1907.

Jarboe-Cunningham House, Built 1907

Whenever I think of Madison, Georgia – this is the kind of house that comes to mind!  There are quite a few antebellum and classic revival houses, so if you love big old houses with white columns, you’ll get your fill in Madison, Georgia.

Hill Baldwin Huggins Home Circa 1842

This is the Winter House, circa 1896 – check out that detailing on the porch.  I’d hate to have to paint that woodwork!  But what a fun looking house!

Winter House Circa 1896

I didn’t get any information on this house, but that front porch sure looks inviting!

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And just one more with the great front porch going on before we leave Madison.

Madison, Georgia

Madison is about an hour east of Atlanta on I-20, and not only does it have great old homes, the downtown has a great variety of shops and restaurants.  This is one of my favorite small towns in Georgia – and hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at some favorite homes here.

You don’t have to wait for a tour of homes to tour an Antebellum home, as Heritage Hall is open for tours all of the time.  Full details of Heritage Hall are on their website.  This is one special home, and if you get a chance take their tour!

 

Come In and Tour – Merry Oaks

Wilkes County – Washington, GA – Merry Oaks is nestled at the end of a long, cedar-lined drive and this antebellum home, built in the 1830s, sure does make a great first impression!  Southern belles in hoop skirts met me at the front of the house.

Merry Oaks Front

This house has the wide center hallway, and is a four over four design.  It’s even been lowered – originally it was thought to have been on a full basement too.

Merry Oaks Downstairs Hall

 

This is the home of the Boyd family, who purchased it in 1974.  They raised 4 girls here, and the upstairs bedrooms are all a little bit different.

There were quite a few people touring the house when I was there, but this is one big house when you get inside! Loved the front door and fan light – and a screen door.

Front Door

Let’s go into the living room….then the dining room…..

Living Room

Dining Room

Heading upstairs, one of the Boyd’s granddaughters was pointing out her Mom’s bedroom.  I noticed the hallway and small balcony and had to take a closer look.

Upstairs Hallway

Time to check out some of the bedrooms.  See the fancy mantel below?  That was actually from the home of a 19th century Georgia Governor – George Gilmer.  He had a home in nearby Lexington.

Merry Oaks BR1

Merry Oaks BR2

Merry Oaks BR3

Loved the bed in the last one I went in!

Merry Oaks BR4

Finally, looking out the upstairs hallway –  you get a good look at the cedar lined drive to Merry Oaks.

Merry Oaks Front Drive

I always love a good front porch on a house – just feels so much more like home.  This looks like a good place to sit and visit for a spell, huh?

Front Porch Merry Oaks

As always, appreciate you coming along and taking a look at this great Old Georgia Home!

 

 

 

 

Peacewood, Washington Tour of Homes – Part 2

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.

Peacewood

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.

Central Hallway Peacewood

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.

Peacewood Front Parlor

The dining room – that table is from an English Country Home, and was made around 1800.

Peacewood Dining Room

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.

Peacewood Pantry

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 Upstairs Hallway

Peacewood Bedroom

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.

Peacewood  Front 1936

Peacewood Side 1936

Peacewood Outbuildings 1936

Interestingly, many of the outbuildings have been preserved and restored – you don’t often see that!

Peacewood Restored Outbuilding

And here’s the surrounding property – just beautiful! This is the view off the front porch.

Front Approach to Peacewood

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.

Peacewood Front View 2

Thanks for coming along on this tour of Peacewood – appreciate you reading the blog!