Robert & Missouri Garbutt House, 1910, Lyons

This home, designed for Robert and Missouri Garbutt by Ivey P. Crutchfield, is the grandest in Lyons. It is also known as “Twenty Columns”. Robert Musgrove Garbutt made a fortune in the timber business as the partner of H. M. Rountree in the late 19th century and served for a time as mayor of Swainsboro. Garbutt was first married to Missouri Coleman and upon her death married her sister, Sophronia Coleman. He moved to Lyons around 1894. In addition to his ongoing interest in the Rountree-Garbutt Lumber Company in Emanuel County, Garbutt owned or held interest in the Garbutt-Donovan Lumber Company in Lyons, Hartfelder-Garbutt Company of Savannah, Garbutt-Donovan Real Estate Company of Fitzgerald, and the Southern Foundry & Fitting Company of Savannah. He was also a major stockholder in the First National Bank of Fitzgerald and the First National Bank of Lyons. One of Fitzgerald’s most important commercial landmarks, the five-story Garbutt-Donovan Building, was also a venture.

Bobby Thomas Akins recalls: …when I was a boy, it had a second floor balcony around the three fourths of the house. My sister-in-law Ellen Akins and I were taken through the house by Mrs. Garbutt, a real southern aristocrat, but very friendly and kind. The little room on top of the house contained a copy of every newspaper ever produced by the Lyons Progress tied up neatly with string, stacked up around the walls of the room. [The house] had the most beautiful furniture I have ever seen.

National Register of Historic Places

11 thoughts on “Robert & Missouri Garbutt House, 1910, Lyons

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    1. R. Garbutt

      We have a family picture of Welcome Coleman and his wife. I believe they were the parents of Missouri and Sophronia. Robert M. and Sophronia were my paternal grand parents.
      Robert M. Garbutt

  2. Pat Wallace

    I lived in the service house that was behind the main house when I was young. Mrs. Garbutt invited my 2 brothers and myself in for cookies on several occasions. It was a great house. The furniture was awesome.

  3. Robyn Adair

    This is the house my Aunt Lalia Williams Garbutt lived in until she died in 1973. She was known by family as “Aunt Doodle” and was married to Charles A. Garbutt. Aunt Doodle was my grandfather’s sister. I took my husband and two sons through Lyons in 1980 and knocked on the door to ask permission to take a photograph on the steps. I wanted to send it to my mom who played there (and at grandparent William’s house further down the road) when she was young….the lady who now owned and restored it was named Bobbie McLeod (I think?) I think she bought it from Doodle’s estate. She knew my mother as a child and invited us all in for lemonade and a tour. She was very kind as it was late June and HOT. I have several copies of that same postcard sent to me by various relatives when I was young and living in California. My grandfather was living with Doodle when he died in 1947. I never knew him.

    1. Susan Vann

      We must be related! My great-grandmother was Letha Williams (Lalia’s sister) and this was my “Aunt Doodle,” too. Their father was Pembroke Williams, correct? I didn’t realize there was a brother. I don’t know a lot about that side of the family, but I remember visiting there when I was VERY small. My great-grandfather was Dess Gray of Lyons and I would visit him and he would take me to visit Doodle. I have pictures of me sitting in her lap on the side porch.

      Either way, nice to meet you..over three years since the original post. Sorry for the delay!

      Susan Vann

  4. Quincy Webb

    When I travel to South Ga. I try to travel through these small Towns and you see so many of these old Antebellum homes that have been rebuilt that were in disrepair, I know my hometown McRae Ga. some of these homes fifteen years ago were falling apart , now they look new and people proudly live in them !


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