Cobb-Bucknell-Leathers House, c 1849 – Athens

Cobb-Bucknell-Leathers House, c 1849

Athens, GA – Clarke County – The history of the family at this antebellum Athens mansion s just amazing.  Built circa 1849 for Howell and Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, this served as their home throughout a storied political career.

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Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, 1858 – Athens

Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, 1858

Athens, GA – Clarke County – The Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, now home to Phi Mu at UGA, was built by the first millionaire in Georgia!  Colonel Thomas Hamilton had this home built, but died while it was still under construction.  His widow, Sarah, oversaw completion of the house.

The Hamilton’s children were next door neighbors – their son had the house to the north, and daughter lived in the house to the south.  I’ve heard there are/were tunnels connecting the houses!

This would have been the house size before Phi Mu purchased in 1964

The ornamental ironwork is absolutely beautiful.

Ironwork detail

In 1890, the house was sold to Ann Barrett Phinizy.  Her granddaughter, Laura Ann Phinizy Segrest was the last private resident of this house.  In 1964, the house was sold to Phi Mu at UGA.  Founded in 1921, Phi Mu is the oldest sorority at UGA.

Changes the sorority has made include the wings added to the sides of the house, and additional dorm space added to the back of the house.  They have done a great job maintaining this beautiful old home!

Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, 1858

That’s a quick history of the Hamilton-Phinizy-Segrest House, appreciate you taking time to read the blog.  I’ve written posts on some other Athens antebellum homes, just click on the house name and it will take you to the post:

Joseph Henry Lumpkin House:

Joseph Henry Lumpkin House







Upson House:

Upson House







UGA President’s House:

UGA Presiden’t House

Phinizy-Hunnicutt House, 1855 – Athens, Ga

Phinizy-Hunnicutt House (photo August 2018)

Athens, GA – (Go Dawgs!) While many old homes have been lost to progress, the Phinizy-Hunnicutt house is a local survivor.  Owned by a couple of prominent Athens families, this house has seen its share of history!

Built in 1855 by John E Phinizy, the house originally sat much farther back on the lot than what we see today.  The iron railings on this house were produced locally by the Athens Foundry.  The Athens Foundry produced several iconic Athens pieces, including the famed arch at UGA, and the double-barreled cannon that’s in front of city hall!

The famed UGA Arch – Freshmen know not to walk through this!

The detailed iron work is amazing – I had to get a closer look at it, just look at all the detail!  To think, this was done in the 1850s!

Iron Railing Detail – produced by Athens Foundry

The house was sold in 1894 to Dr John A. Hunnicutt and family.  As I learned more about Hunnicutt, his accomplishments during his 91 years are just amazing:

  • Elected Mayor of Athens in 1889
  • Partner in Athens Electric Railroad Company
  • Chairmen of the local Board of Education in 1898
  • Director of Insurance Company
  • Introduced first pure bred cattle in this part of Georgia
  • Bank President
  • Trustee – Lucy Cobb Institute
  • Methodist Church Trustee

The Hunnicutt family, along with several other prominent Athens families (Phinizy, Cobb, Harris, Irwin etc.) bought a hotel at nearby Madison Springs (Madison County).  The families made this a private club, and the Hunnicutts would spend a couple of months here each summer.  Madison Springs was known for it’s water, known to cure many maladies!

Iron Detail, 1936 – Historic American Buildings Survey

Progress marches on, and the large lot this house sat on was ripe for development.  Apartments were built at the back of the lot, and the house was moved forward and renovated.

Phinizy-Hunnicutt House, August 2018

Today the house has been converted to office use.  Amazing to think of this house and the families that called this home – they’d recognize the house, except it’s just been moved much closer to the road from its original position.  I’m just glad to see an old house saved!

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