Monticello, FL – Today we are going just across the state line to Florida! This antebellum beauty, built 1852, is one of my favorite homes in Monticello. This is what we often think of when we picture an “old South” house. The history of the original family is really interesting!
Quincy, FL – We are crossing the state line today and visiting a beautiful North Florida town that’s full of history. Just 8 miles outside of Georgia, the area was quickly developed after the US acquired the Territory of Florida from Spain in 1821.
The Stockton-Curry House is a great example of antebellum architecture. Built for Isaac Harris, it was then sold to the Stockton family. Phillip A. Stockton and his brother moved from Pennsylvania to supervise mail coaches going from St. Augustine to Mobile. The house was sold in 1902 to the C.H. Curry family. Four generations of the Curry family have lived in this beautiful home.
John Lee McFarlin built the massive Victorian below in 1895. This house is just so interesting to look at – windows, curves everywhere. Today it operates as a Bed & Breakfast. You can see some of the great stained glass on the B&B’s site here.
Our trip to North Florida and surrounding areas was cut short by Hurricane Irma, which chased us all the way back to Atlanta! The house below had boards up, as no one knew quite where the hurricane would go. It’s the George Dismukes Munroe-Dickerson House. George was the brother of Pat Munroe, and a founder of the Quincy State Bank. Pat Munroe figures into the history of Quincy…coming up in a minute.
Quincy has been called The Coca-Cola Town for Decades
Mark W. (Mr. Pat) Munroe is credited with Quincy being known as the Coca-Cola town. Mr. Munroe was a banker, and according to stories I’ve read he felt the Coca-Cola company was well run, and urged his banking customers to purchase shares of Coca-Cola, and to NEVER SELL them. As early investors in the company, many became Coca-Cola millionaires, with the stock handed down from generation to generation. A share of Coca-Cola at $40 in 1919 is worth A LOT of money today!
It saved this farm town during the Great Depression, and at one time Quincy became the richest town per capita in the United States!
The Spanish style Gardner-McCall House is one of a kind in Quincy. This style became extremely popular during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. Recently for sale, this one was fun to look at! No expense was spared when this house was built – custom door knobs, mosaic tiles, etc.
Check out the kitchen – vintage tile and refrigerator!
Originally built by William Tennent Stockton, the Stockton-Malone house is a great example of a Greek Revival Cottage. The wings to the house were added in the 1870s. Descendants of the Malone family still live in the home. Don’t you want to sit on those rockers on the front porch?
Known as the Davidson or Thomas House, built in 1859, has seen a lot of history. J.E.A. Davidson, who built the house, served as a state senator for Gadsden County. Tallahassee, the state capital, is only 20 miles away. The semi-circular front porch was added in 1890. A later owner of the house, Charles Thomas left the gift of the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, still in use.
The Munroe-Higdon House, built in 1849 sits on a lot that’s over half a city block. Many of the prominent families in Quincy have lived in this house over the 160+ years it’s been here.
The C.R. Shaw house, another antebellum home has evolved over the years. Originally a simple two story home, C.R. Shaw added wings to the house, the front columns, and leaded glass. His C.R. Shaw Ford dealership was one of the first automobile dealerships in the area.
The M.A. Love House has an amazing rounded porch. Depending on the source, it was built in 1904 or 1906 and is said to be little altered from its original state. Meade Love and his family operated a wholesale and retail business.
Quincy is 20 miles from Tallahassee, Capital of Florida
The Shaw-Embry House is one huge Victorian home! I couldn’t get a good picture that shows the size of this home, but this recent real estate photo gives you a feel for it. It just keeps going and going and going.
I always enjoy seeing interiors of grand old homes, and this is one big, rambling house!
Thanks so much for taking a look around the historic town of Quincy this week as we ventured outside of Georgia. Appreciate you reading the blog!