Washington, GA – Saturday was the Washington-Wilkes Tour of Homes, and I’ve got several great homes to share with you. The first one – The Penna Home, will amaze you.
The annual spring tour is sponsored by the Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club and Historical Foundation. Amazing things happen when these groups join forces. They flat out know how to run an event! Courtesy cars take you from house to house, so much easier than trying to find a place to park. Or, if you’re like me, and “directionally challenged” you don’t end up going in circles.
When I walked up to the Penna Home, I wasn’t sure what style to call it. Turns out this is a simplified second Empire style. And it is BIG. Real estate ads will say “bigger than it looks” – and that’s true here – at nearly 5,000 square feet with 13 rooms, and a bunch of cool nooks and crannies. You don’t find nooks and crannies in new houses. It was built in 1884 for the grandson of General Robert Toombs. Toombs was the Secretary of State of the Confederacy, and his home is a museum in town. Small Town, Big History.
Ellon Penna, the homeowner, owns a design firm. She and her late husband bought the house 13 years ago and then went through restoration and remodeling the house.
Ellon was graciously answering questions that folks had about the house when I walked in. People were asking such smart questions. Meanwhile I was walking around saying profound things like “WOW!”. Ceilings are really high, 14 feet I think .
So this is really 2 houses put together. A smaller house was moved here (rolled on logs to get here – this was in the pre “wide load” truck days) and added on. That’s how you get nearly 5,000 SF in here. You walk into a large central hall, turn to the right, and WOW.
So you turn around in here and you’re looking into the dining room.
I headed right on into the dining room (actually, there are several dining spaces in this house, you’ll see). And another room behind it. So many rooms in here – this is about the time I realized how big this house is!
Tables were all set. Umm, this puts my dishwasher-oven-microwave safe stuff to shame.
Walking back into the middle of the house there’s a nice area for relaxing and watching some TV. Nice and casual!
Then you walk into the casual dining area. Nearly got whiplash, I was so busy looking around at everything in here and taking it all in. Ellon described it as all just “falling into place”.
Nice spring theme going on here.
Kept walking and ended up in the kitchen. Like how bright it is in here with the skylights.
Finally, a couple of the bedrooms.
I wish I’d thought to take some pictures on the porch, it was so pretty – but there were lots of folks around when I was here.
Thanks so much for touring The Penna Home with me today! Several more homes from the tour on the way.