McMullen-Thrasher House: Saving A Family Homeplace

Brooks County, GA – Too often we hear about old homes that are no longer lived in, fall into disrepair, and are eventually lost.  This is NOT one of those stories – it’s a restoration success story of a home that has remained in the same family since the 1800s.


McMullen-Thrasher House, 2016 (courtesy of Chuck Ramsey)


McMullen-Thrasher House, 2018

Designed by noted architect John Wind and built circa 1840s, the McMullen-Thrasher House is about 9 miles outside Quitman in the Hickory Head community of Brooks County.  With rolling hills, scenic views, it’s in a magical setting.  I was fortunate to have Chuck Ramsey, one of the owners, show me the house.  His family’s history is here – in fact, his Great Great Great Uncle built this house!

Jesse Whitfield Thrasher and Mary Jane (Jenni) McMullen Thrasher – Brooks Co History, 1948

Jesse Whitfield Thrasher and Mary Jane (Jenni) McMullen Thrasher raised their family in this home – all 10 children!  Jesse served as Sheriff of Brooks County during the 1890s.  A few times he arrested people and locked them up in his barn overnight, before taking them into town to jail the next morning.  The Thrashers were known as gracious hosts – they had friends over each Sunday after church for lunch.

Colorized old photo, courtesy of Chuck Ramsey

William Cloud Thrasher (Bubba) was the last of their children to live in the home – he lived here until 1960.

The years take their toll on house, and the “before” picture at the top of this article demonstrates this.  Chuck and a business partner purchased this home (and another on the property we’ll be seeing very soon) and went through numerous challenges bringing it back to life.  Termite damage + a home of this age – there was a lot to do.  By early 2017 the home was restored to it’s former glory.  Here are some photos from my visit….

McMullen-Thrasher House (January 2018)

Notice there are 2 rooms that protrude from the front of the house, with their own exterior doors.  This home has a total of 4 doors on the front.

McMullen-Thrasher House, 2018

The stories why there are 4 doors depend on who is telling it.  The 2 front rooms were not attached to the rest of the house.  Many believe these rooms were used for circuit riders or peddlers as lodging.  We saw this recently in our article on Oxford, Georgia.  We’ll never know for sure given how much time has lapsed, but let’s take a look at this beautiful home!

Living Room, 2018
Artwork by local artist Angela Wild. Isn’t this great?!
Bedroom. I wanted to take those 2 chairs home with me!
Chuck Ramsey, one of the owners of McMullen-Thrasher House

What a transformation!  Thanks to Chuck for giving us a tour of this home that has been in his family for 170 years.  As always, appreciate you taking time to read the blog.  If you’re on Instagram, I post pictures daily there as @oldgeorgiahomes


Bainbridge – “Steamboat House”

Bainbridge, Georgia – Decatur County  – The Callahan – Penhallegon House (built 1907), often referred to as the  “Steamboat House”, is one of the finest Neo Classical homes in Southwest Georgia.  I found several old photographs of the home and learned more about the family – and share more about this amazing home!

“Steamboat House”, built 1907

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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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Touring The Brown House, Sandersville

The Brown House, Sandersville, GA

Sandersville, Georgia – The Brown House (originally called Woodlawn Terrace), circa 1850, is operated as a house museum by the Washington County Historical Society.  I visited Washington County a couple of weeks ago and took a tour of the Brown House.  This is one of those houses that has a lot of history!  OK, I will mention now that the chimney recently collapsed at this home back when we were having all that rain around the holidays.  Then again, at 165 years old, these things happen.  This house stayed in the Brown Family for 125 years, which is just amazing.

I read about this house quite some time ago in on of my favorite old books, White Columns in Georgia, by Medora Field Perkerson.  Published in 1952, she wrote the history of many antebellum homes throughout Georgia, and how General Sherman stayed here and used this as his headquarters on his march to the sea in 1864.

William Gainer Brown was a merchant and planter.  He and his wife, Miriah Mitchell Brown had their portraits painted in the 1850s.  These have recently been restored and hang in the entrance hall of the Brown House.


The view below is looking towards the front door.  This is a large house, big rooms, and a very high ceiling.  It’s been altered throughout the years and has a couple of Victorian renovations still present.

Brown House Center Hall

The large front parlor makes quite a first impression on guests to the home.  The desk on the left of the room is very similar to one that was in the home and used by General Sherman when this was his HQ.

Brown House Front ParlorThe house has changed quite a bit throughout the years.  The two sketches below show the house with two different looks.  The lower sketch shows the house as it appeared when built.  The upper sketch shows the house as it appears today, with a couple of Victorian additions including bay windows on the side.


See the plates below?  I learned that these are the official Georgia historical plates, first produced in 1933 to celebrate Georgia’s bicentennial.  The more I learn about Sandersville, I’m just amazed by all the history here!  Interesting story about the plates, I’ve attached their website here.


The silver below is significant.  It was hidden during the Civil War and not found for many years.  The story about it is great, but I don’t want to give a spoiler alert before you visit the Brown House.  Buried silver, found many many years later.


Now as I mentioned, this was Sherman’s HQ in Sandersville  for a night.  There are almost as many Sherman slept here places as George Washington slept here places!  They slept a lot? Just kidding. This home really did host him in 1864, no question.


This is the couch that he slept on when he was here, of course it’s been recovered since then!  In the photo above there’s a painting of him resting in here.


The upstairs was closed on my visit due to all the work going on with the chimneys, but I look forward to coming back here and visiting the Brown House again!

The Brown House in Sandersville, circa 1850

20160507_130952_HDRThanks for taking a look at this house tour, I appreciate you reading the blog!