Cannon House, Circa 1890, Staunton

lenox ga godwin house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

This neighborhood of Lenox was originally known as Staunton. According to Linda W. Meadows, believes it was built by local timber baron Sim Harrell (1851-1929) in the early 1890s. Remembered Places Leftover Pieces of the Coastal Plain Area, an architectural resource published in 1976, identifies it as the Cannon House. It’s possible that Mr. Harrell was simply the builder. The front gable originally contained an arched window, that was removed during a remodel at some point.

However, Holt Daughtrey writes: Speaking as a great-great grandson of T.P. Daughtrey both Cannon house as well as many of the houses including the post office were payed for by either the Cannon family which Tom married into or the Daughtrey clan. Money made through turpentine as well as running a local saw mill.

11 thoughts on “Cannon House, Circa 1890, Staunton

  1. Holt Daughtrey

    Speaking as a great-great grandson of T.P. Daughtrey both Cannon house as well as many of the houses including the post office were payed for by either the Cannon family which Tom married into or the Daughtrey clan. Money made through turpentine as well as running a local saw mill.

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    1. Linda Ward Meadows

      Holt, your Pa Tom was a storehouse of knowledge about Staunton. I loved sitting down to talk to him. His beautiful house and the Staunton Post office were structures in which he took pride. Lt. Henry Maxwell Cannon ambrotype photo and letters home during the War Between the States were among Pa Tom’’s prized Possessions. You can locate copies of those letters online at the Marion County, SC page.

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  2. Stephen Curry

    Patrica Godwin owns harrell house now. I’ve had the privilege of doing some work on this in 2018. She can tell you all the history of the house . Believe it had been uninhabited for 20 plus yrs when she and her husband bought it.

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    1. Betty Ann NeSmith

      I would love to know more of the history of this home. Many years ago, my mother took me by there as well as the cemetery. We are descendants of Sim Harrell.

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  4. Linda W. Mesdows

    Built by Staunton lumber baton, Sim Harrell, in the early 1890s. Mr. Harrell and his wife are buried in Staunton Cemetery, located west of this house.

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  5. J.W.

    Supposedly that house was built by Captain Henry Harding Tift, the founder of Tifton, GA, as a…..getaway house where he could unwind and relax from the hustle and stress of Tifton and his many business enterprises there. It is currently owned by Mrs. P. Godwin, a retired Cook high school biology teacher.

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  6. Ryan

    These two homes are what’s known as “Staunton” (spelling). It actually used to be small community way back when. Used to have a post office and everything. Up until about twenty or so years ago, (after Lenox was chartered) they used to elect a “mayor” of Staunton. I remember going into these houses when I was younger and the old fellow that lived in the white one had a few Confederate Officer outfits locked up in a suitcase that he let me and my friends play with. I’m not sure if he knew how much they were worth or not lol.

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  7. Tom Robinson

    This home – and one before it – probably have quite a bit of history to share, and are kept, too. Quite a look into different – and older – home styles of yesterday. Always enjoy your posts, Brian.

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