Dart House, 1877, Brunswick

I hate to say it, but here we go again! Yet another historic home, integral to the story of its community, is in danger of being lost. Taylor Davis, co-owner of Low Country Preservation in Brunswick, recently alerted me to the uncertain future of this house. The very people who should be standing behind it are the ones contemplating destroying it. The Brunswick Chamber of Commerce came down on the side of commercial land value over historical importance.

From the “Save the Historic Dart House” Facebook page: After serving as a historical landmark in Brunswick, GA for 137 years, the Dart House is in danger of being destroyed. The house was built in 1877 by William Robert Dart, son of Urbanus Dart, a founder of the city of Brunswick. The house has historical significance, overlooking the famous oak tree where Sidney Lanier penned his world-famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn.” After withstanding two hurricanes and numerous development projects, the house was completely restored in 1983 with the generous donations of the community to serve as the headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce and a landmark for the gateway to Brunswick. After 30 years of serving as a steward of the house, the Chamber of Commerce has changed course and is considering razing this historic gem to build a new office building. But there are options to save this house. The community is galvanizing around this cause and is in the process of presenting several options to the Chamber. Help us raise awareness and encourage the Chamber to choose a path that both respects and honors our town’s historical legacy while also meeting their needs.

After a serious effort by the Historic Brunswick Foundation to save it, the Dart House was razed on 29 March 2017.

9 thoughts on “Dart House, 1877, Brunswick

  1. Nanci Posey

    I visited there as a little girl as they were friend’s of my parents and went to our church. I remember sitting on the porch and looking across to Lanier’s Oak. That was in late 30’s, early 40’s. I’m 82 now. So sad to know it’s gone!

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  2. Nancy

    I’m appalled that the BCofC would even contemplated tearing this place down. How did they think people would react? Now they’ve stirred up a hornets nest. I joined the FB page. I’ll be interested to see how this shakes out.

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  3. hesmine1

    I can’t imagine anyone wanting to tear that house down, especially the chamber. Hopefully they’ll come back to their senses and keep it. It’s beautiful. ~Suzanne

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    1. Lou Gipson

      eliminate the chamber members who are behind this ridiculous decision!
      obviously they have lost their minds..

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