Great Cottages and Bungalows

Candler Park Bungalow
Candler Park Bungalow

As much as I enjoy looking at the big old houses around Georgia, the cottage and bungalow is another form of house I really like.  And I’m a sucker for a great front porch!  Be it a raised cottage, craftsman bungalows, etc – I love the variety!  Here are some that I particularly enjoyed over the last few months, and several photos I haven’t had a chance to publish before.  It’s hard to find one particular style that I like best, I can appreciate them all.

Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow
Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow

Now the Victorian Cottage – and the many varieties of it, are always favorites to see.

Victorian in Washington, GA
Victorian in Washington, GA

Another great one in Candler Park, check out that porch.  So much potential here.

Check out that porch!
Check out that porch!
Raised cottage style near Eatonton
Raised cottage style near Eatonton

Even famous cottages, like FDR’s Little White House at Warm Springs are a treat to see.  You can check out the previous post on this for a full tour of the property and grounds.

Little White House in Warm Springs
Little White House in Warm Springs

Circa 1840
Circa 1840 in Madison, GA

And of course summertime means beach time for many folks, and the beach cottage style is always a favorite!

Tybee Island
Tybee Island
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever...
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever…

The variety of old cottages and bungalows around Georgia is just amazing.

Now that's a serious front porch!
Now that’s a serious front porch!
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison

One of the trends in the 1920s-1940s was to build much smaller homes than in the past.  The Tudor style cottage below isn’t large, but has some big curb appeal!

Tudor Cottage near Emory University
Tudor Cottage near Emory University

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some different bungalows and cottages that I’ve seen around Georgia.  Thanks so much for checking out the site – I 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!

Madison GA

 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….


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.


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!


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!


Abandoned Big Old House Tour

Morgan County, Georgia – Let’s go check out Nolan House, which is a big old abandoned house, vacant for about 35 years now.

Built in 1905 by James Alonzo Nolan, this was the center of a 2000 acre cotton farming operation.  Not only does the house remain, there is a crossroads that has the original store/commissary for the sharecroppers (oh wait, we say tenants now, that sounds nicer), mule barn, and sharecropper  tenant cabins.  IMG_3193

I was surprised by what good shape the interior was in, all things considered.  In the downstairs hallway, you can’t help but notice the stairs were painted sunshine yellow at one point.

Hall Stairway

Of course with the house being empty so long, some of the details aren’t there as you peer into rooms…

Interior Room Nolan House


I would love to know what was in the niches on the sides of the doorway.



And of course years of neglect made things a little rough on an addition to the house.



Of course I had to see how things looked from the upstairs balcony…

Upstairs balcony


I know it needs LOTS of work…

Porch Ceiling




This is one I look at and think “it can be saved and brought back to its former glory”.  Beautiful land around the house.


View from back of house


There are several of the crossroads buildings still standing, including the commissary and mule barn.


This one is leaning just a bit…

Leaning.....Mule Barn

Thanks for looking at this beautiful old home! Amazing to see an abandoned big old house like this. Hope you enjoyed this post!