10 Favorite Old Homes in 2017

Happy New Year!  Looking back through 2017, we saw some amazing Old Homes in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi!  This would have published earlier but I’ve been recovering from the Rose Bowl – what a game.  Go Dawgs! Getting to just 10 homes is difficult – would rather use a top 100 but figured that post would be way too long LOL.   These are in no particular order!

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Milledgeville – Beautiful Old Homes – Part 2

Milledgeville – Baldwin County – Last week we saw many  Milledgeville Beautiful Old Homes.  Now let’s look at several more interesting homes around town.

First up, the Roberts-Myrick-Jones House, built in 1890 for Judge Rufus Roberts.  This home now operates as a B&B.

Built in 1890, now operating as The Antebellum Inn

The Cedars below was built around 1822.  It has been moved from it’s original location a few streets away –  the home had a circular drive lined with cedars, and thus the name.  It’s now a sorority house.

The Cedars, now a sorority house.

I love finding old photos of homes, and this late 1930s photo of the house shows some different landscaping from that time.

1930s photo, from Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress

While there are a lot of antebellum homes, I found several Victorian homes that caught my eye.  This brick Victorian is from 1879, and is now a law office.

1879 Thomas McCobs House – lived in by original family for many decades

The 1898 home below is said to have originally been painted yellow.  This imposing home is now home to a fraternity, and seeing some progress they have made restoring this beauty is encouraging!

Bell-Martin-Kidd House, Built 1898

The 1894 house below has a really long name – and the porch, the windows, the turret – it all caught my eye.  Looks very much like “home” to me.

Farley-Sessions-Lawrence-Harrington-Sheppard House

The mansion below is one of the grandest and imposing in town with columns surrounding 3 sides of the house.  I like this angle as it shows the “haint blue” on the porch ceiling.

General W.A. Sanford House, circa 1825

I took this photo below about 3 years ago when touring the Old Governor’s mansion – this gives you an idea of the scale of this home.

General W.A. Sanford House, late 2013.

The house below is named “Buena Vista”, and was built around 1893.  I’d love to go inside this one and check it out!

Pound-Flemister-Alton House, circa 1893

I put my notes on the house below in a really secure place – so secure, I can’t find them!  You can tell it’s an older Milledgeville house, love the double porches and picket fence.

Designed to blend in with the historic architecture

Just outside of downtown is one of my favorites, Rose Hill – built in 1852 to replace a home that burned on this site.  It was renamed “Lockerly Hall” by owners in the 1920s, and now operates as Lockerly Arboretum.  Really interesting place to tour the grounds, and there’s a self-guided tour of the house.

Rose Hill, 1852

That wraps up our visit to Milledgeville for now – so many great places to check out in Milledgeville, I can’t wait to visit again real soon!  Thanks so much for reading the blog, I appreciate it!

Milledgeville – Beautiful Old Homes – Part 1

Milledgeville – Baldwin County – There are so many great homes in Milledgeville, this will be two posts.  Milledgeville served as the state capital of Georgia from 1804 until 1868, when Atlanta became the capital.  Lots to look at in Georgia’s antebellum capital!

There’s a distinct style of home that Milledgeville is known for, called Milledgeville-Federal style.  You’ll notice the similarities in some of the homes we are looking at today.

Dr. Charles Paine House, c 1820

The Brown-Stetson-Sanford House below has been moved from another nearby street.  It served as the U.S. Hotel when first built, and by the 1950s it became the well known Sanford House Tea Room.

Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, c 1825

Milledgeville is unusual in that it started out as a planned capital city.  The Old State Capitol Building below was started in 1805, and then expanded in the 1820s and 1830s.

Old State Capitol in Milledgeville (from New Ga Encyclopedia)

Milledgeville was the fourth capital of Georgia – after Savannah, Augusta, and Louisville…

The Old Governor’s Mansion below is considered one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture.  This is the original color of the mansion.  It’s open for tours, and if you’re in the area – it’s worth stopping in and looking around this showplace!  Huge place -and designed to impress.

Old Governor’s Mansion, built 1836 until 1838 or 1839. Open for tours!
Side view of Old Governors Mansion

10 Governors lived in the mansion, but when the capital moved to Atlanta, the mansion fell into disrepair. It later became the centerpiece of president’s house of Georgia College.

1880 photograph, from State of Ga – Vanishing Georgia archives

Milledgeville considered itself “all grown up” when the Marquis de Lafayette stopped and visited here during 1825.  It was a big deal for the nearly 20 year old state capital to host such a distinguished visitor.

The Jordan-Calloway House below was originally built c 1820.  The Marquis de Lafayette is said to have reviewed the troops from the second floor balcony when visiting the capital.  The house was later given Victorian touches in the late 1800s.

Jordan-Calloway House

Famous author Flannery O’Connor hailed from these parts, and her family home is right in town.  She lived there for several years right after college.  Her farm, Andalusia, is outside of town and available for tours.  Ran out of time this visit, but can’t wait to see Andalusia.

The family home below has quite a history outside of it’s famous author.  Before the Governor’s mansion was completed in 1839, it was rented out to be the Governor’s residence.  I read somewhere there was a fire in the late 1800s and thus the house was remodeled as a result.

Gordon-Cline-O’Connor House, circa 1820 (with later alterations)

Below is a circa 1825 home known locally as “13 Columns” – it’s said the 13 columns represent the original 13 colonies.  Couldn’t find a good angle on this one, sorry about the red light, crosswalk sign, telephone pole etc.  Look at the huge windows on the first floor.

13 Columns

Thanks so much for taking the trip to Milledgeville today!  Appreciate you reading the blog!