Nellie Hill House, Sylvania

Thanks to Tricia Self for the identification. She wrote, in part, that the house was moved in the early 1900s from another site about 500 yards away. It was done with the chimneys still attached and rolled on log rollers guided by a man driving mules. Nothing was packed up, and the plan was to replace anything they needed to, but they say not a thing was broken! Stuart Bragg also relayed the same story, so it must be a well-known local legend.

8 thoughts on “Nellie Hill House, Sylvania

  1. Katharine Moorland

    This house belonged to a cousin of mine, Nellie Hill. She was a first cousin of my mother’s mother, Eva Williamson Rogers. Oh, the stories I have heard about Cousin Nellie and this house (!) as well as about the house and farm where my grandmother Eva grew up. It was called Whiehil, another impressive old home and farm located just outside Sylvania in an area that I believe continues to be known as the Whitehill community. White Hill (the house) burned around 1929. The fire started in one of the chimneys that had a bird’s nest in it. Anyway, that’s the story I have always heard. My mother’s younger sister was about six years old at the time. She was there when the house caught fire. I and several other family members have paintings of Whitehill created from old photos of the house. I really need to visit Sylvania again soon. I’m been many years, and I am not far away. My mother’s family inundated me with hundreds of stories about Sylvania, Whitehill, Cousin Nellie, and much more

    1. Katharine Moorland

      That should be it was called White Hill…. Also not I’m but It’s been many years…. And there should be a period at the end of my comment! Typing on a little phone is a pain sometimes….

  2. Michal Godbee

    My husband and I lived in Sylvania from 1982 – 2010. I have always loved this house. We still lease our home there.(our house is also for sale)

    1. deanne

      No: This was the Nellie Hill home. The Charlie Miller house is three houses north still on North Main Street. Miller was the President of Bank of Screven County.


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