Walking Through the Burwell-Goss House


Sparta, GA – This house is a big one, about 6100 SF.  Wow, glad I don’t have to Swiffer this place.  Built around 1906, this is a handsome house that sat vacant for quite some time.  Fortunately it was recently sold and a new owner is undertaking the renovations in this house.

According to some folks, a Georgia State Senator was the original one to start construction of this house, and he went bankrupt in the process.  Others say this was built for Judge Burwell.  This is the fun of researching old houses.

Old Postcard of the house in its younger days

Old Postcard of the house in its younger days

Walking through this house, you get a sense of the scale of the rooms and wallpaper. So. Much. Wallpaper.  What’s funny though, while wallpaper in a 1980s house makes my eye twitch, it is not unexpected looking at these older homes.  It gives you an idea of the decor during earlier days.

With this house being empty, have to use your imagination to think how it might have been furnished.


This one is truly a beauty, and can’t wait to see how the renovations progress!


The Homes of Old Linton

Old Linton


Old Linton Community, GA – Did you know the first person in Georgia to receive a teaching license lived here?  #fact. Tucked away on the road between Sparta and Sandersville is Old Linton.  It’s a community that was planned in the 1850s and has remained virtually unchanged for 100 years.  It’s about a mile long, and multi-acre lots were laid out – so the houses aren’t super close to one another and generally sit back a little from the road.  There was a school here in the 1800s (it burned down) so the houses often were built large to accommodate lodging for students.

First up, you see the Duggan House.  Why is this one famous?  Ivey Duggan, a famous educator lived here. This home is unusual – first, the bottom floor is paved in handmade bricks.  The upper level has a recessed porch with plaster walls.  A large center room in this home served as dining, etc for students who lodged here.


Another good sized house as you go through Old Linton.  This is the Boyer House, built in the 1860s.  I found some older pictures that showed a couple of staircases leading up to the second floor, where the main living rooms are at.

Dr John Stone House

Of course you gotta have a big old house and some white columns in any town, and this one belonged to Dr John Stone, who owned the land around Linton.  Interestingly, it was not painted until after the mid 1970s!

Going through Old Linton Community is really like taking a step back in time – it was not near a railroad and thus not damaged during the Civil War.  There’s a few more homes here and I can’t wait to go back and check them out!


Once Grand Victorian House…

Pendleton Graves House

Sparta, GA – Driving through Hancock County on a dreary day, happened upon this Victorian.  No I didn’t go inside of this one as it’s unoccupied.  It looked kinda spooky to me, and if I’d heard a noise inside here, it would have been “RUN FORREST, RUN!” time.  In all seriousness, I see houses like this and just see the potential to be restored to it’s former grandeur.

This is known as the Pendleton-Graves House, originally built in 1820 in a much plainer style.  The upstairs of the house is only one room deep, which is in keeping with homes built at that time in our area, the “I” house as it’s sometimes called.  2 stories tall, one story deep.

It was expanded, and then given a Victorian facelift sometime around 1880. I mean, look at the octagonal spires on the roof!

I couldn’t find a lot of information on this house, but did find a photo from 1973 that shows it in better days (and way fewer paint colors) courtesy of UGA digital archives.

UGA Digital Archives


Lots of history and historic homes throughout Sparta and Hancock County, so will be sharing those here with you soon!

Nuts about Nutwood


LaGrange, GA – Why did they name this Nutwood?  What’s up with that?  I was curious, and learned that when this antebellum house was built in 1833, they planted the first pecan trees in the county here on what became a 440 acre plantation.  People made the trek to this house to look at the pecan trees!

Looking down the long driveway, it almost looks like it’s from a movie set.  When you go around the side of the house you then realize it was built in an “L” shape. A couple of the outbuildings have also survived, the kitchen building and the smokehouse.

I went to Nutwood shortly after it was sold last year and it was just under renovation to become an event facility.  Good to see a home that was once “at risk” being saved

Reynolds-Perry House, Waynesboro

Reynolds-Perry House

Waynesboro, GA – Did you know that Waynesboro is the Bird Dog Capital of the World?  Me neither!

Welcome to Waynesboro

Nor did I realize that Burke County was one of the original 8 counties when Georgia was formed.  And George Washington slept in Waynesboro.  AND this house has a tie to Washington’s visit.

The Reynolds-Perry House was built in 1824.  It has had a couple of renovations (we’re talking 1890 for the first big renovation though) and has been owned by 5 generations of the same family.

See the wood paneling in this room in the gallery below?  This wood was salvaged from the Inn that George Washington stayed at.  The Inn was demolished some time back to build a convenience store, and the owner of Reynolds-Perry was able to include this piece of local history into the house.

This is Munnerlyn House, the old Inn that George Washington stayed at in town (Courtesy Vanishing Georgia, State of Georgia Archives)



The first thing I loved about this house – the true rocking chair front porch.  That says Old South to me!  Can you imagine the conversations that have taken place in the last 190 years???

Front Porch

Once you walk in the house – you realize immediately how big this house is – deceiving from the front curb.  It’s about 3,600 SF!  The Center Hall gives you an idea of the scale of this house.

WIDE Center Hall