Eatonton, GA – Putnam County – Eatonton has many historic homes, in fact it was hard to choose a few favorite homes to put into one post! Just a little over an hour east of Atlanta, this town of about 6,500 is the birthplace of several famous people. Joel Chandler Harris, who wrote the Uncle Remus stories is from here, and last month I had a chance to tour his Atlanta home. Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple” hails from here, as well as S. Truett Cathy – the founder of Chick-Fil-A. There’s a great variety of historic homes around Eatonton! Here are a few of my favorites.
This Greek Revival beauty was completed in 1855. It’s known as the Reid-Greene-Lawrence-Schiveland House, and it still has it’s original plaster medallions inside. It’s considered notable for the excellent state of preservation.
This is the Tunison-Lawson-Simmons House, originally built as a Greek Revival in 1854, and then renovated into the Italianate look in 1858 with the tall tower, etc. It sits way back from the road and at one point had a large scale dairy operated on the property. The boxwood gardens here were planted in 1869.
This Greek Revival cottage was built in 1856 and is known as the Adams-Hearn-Hume House. Sitting quite a ways back from the road, this home has exterior details that are considered some of the finest in the area.
This brick home is known as Slade Hall, and was built between 1852 and 1854. It has amazing gardens as well, with over 400 boxwoods. Glad I don’t have to keep up that garden! Inside this house, there are 40 foot long hallways on each floor! It’s for sale and you can take a look inside the home here
The home above, the Thomas-Nisbet-Taliferro House is thought to have been built in the 1830s. It is part of the Methodist Church property, you can see the building off to the right.
This is Panola Hall, I have read about this home in the past and was eager to see it. Built in 1854, this was the town house of a plantation owner. But here’s something interesting – it’s thought to be haunted by the ghost of Silvia, a young girl who died in the late 1800s. What’s interesting, she’s been called a snobby ghost, that she will only appear for those she considers to be of her social class!
Don’t you love the front porch on this home? This is the Davis-Ashurst House, built in 1888. What’s interesting, it was originally a Queen Anne Victorian house but then it was remodeled into the current, Classic Revival look in 1898. You can tell it was originally more Victorian as it has the variety of window sizes and placement.
This home, with it’s great windows was built in 1902. It’s known as the Thomas-Clark-Dennis-Harrison house.
I love the big windows in this circa 1904 house! The original chandeliers and mantels are still in the home.
This imposing house was originally built as the Eagle Tavern around 1820. It was then converted to a Greek Revival mansion with all the columns sometime around 1850. This is one big house! During the Depression it was converted into several apartments, but the owner never got rid of the original details. It’s now known as the Bronson House.
I found this circa 1845 fixer upper for sale and had to go check it out. It had the big porch with columns on it, but that’s gone now. You can get a sense of the house looking at the listing photos here
I had to get a closer look at the house, and here’s a view of the front hall.
So much potential – and just think of the history here.
There are many fantastic historic homes in Eatonton, and if you’re in the area it’s a great way to see a variety of old Georgia homes! As always, I really appreciate you reading the blog!