Alice Walker Childhood Home, 1910s, Putnam County

This was beloved author Alice Walker’s home during much of her childhood.

Carriage Factory, Circa 1818, Eatonton

These ruins in downtown Eatonton were recently brought to my attention by Dutch Henderson, who notes that they may soon be demolished. Dutch is quite knowledgeable about obscure historical locations in the area and has shared some fascinating places with me over the years.

Henderson notes that the owner, who is a preservationist/historian, believes the structure dates to circa 1818. He has actively sought a preservation solution for the ruins, but they are very compromised by long-term neglect and rapid urbanization and there may be very few options.

The structure was dated circa 1853 and identified as “Brick warehouse” when nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. This date may have been related to an advertisement for the business in the 23 May 1854 edition of the Eatonton Independent Press. David Kaminsky’s 1975 photograph for the nomination form shows that the roof was still in place at that time, and that at least two modern businesses, one known as Bailey’s Garage, were located in the building at some point.

The advertisement, shared by Mr. Henderson, identifies the business as “Marshall, McKavitt & Co., Manufacturers of Carriages, Rockaways, Bugies (sic), Two-Horse Wagons, &c.” [The National Register form misidentifies McKavitt as McKavilland, and includes and extra partner in the business, by the name of Rice].

The bricks were probably made on-site or nearby. Their dependence on the rich red clay dominant in the area is obvious.

There are but a scarce few surviving antebellum industrial structures in Georgia, so I was grateful to be able to document this one. I will update with more information as it becomes available.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Saddlebag House, Jefferson County

Gordon Grove Baptist Church, Jefferson County

Marcus McNair House, 1884, Wrens

This was the home of Marcus McNair, a prosperous farmer in late-19th-century Jefferson County. A T-shaped gable-wing example, it once featured a wrap-around porch and Folk Victorian details. I presume they are presently being stored, as there are plans for renovation. It has remained in the same family throughout its history.

Pyramidal Farmhouse, Jefferson County

Folk Victorian Cottage, Wadley

Central Hallway Cottage, Wadley

Georgian Cottage, Bartow

Bartow Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Shotgun House, Bartow

Bartow Historic District, National Register of Historic Places