Theophilus Jackson Smith (17 November 1819-14 October 1881) built this plantation house in in 1848 and named it Glen Mary for his wife, Mary Gonder Smith. Glen Mary means “Mary’s Valley” in Scottish. Colonel Smith was a leading planter of Hancock County and served in the Georgia legislature and the Fifteenth Georgia Regiment during the Civil War. Due to financial losses one the eve of the war, Smith sold the plantation to General Ethan Allen Hitchcock (18 May 1798-5 August 1870). Hitchcock was the Vermont-born grandson of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen and served in the Seminole Wars and as Winfield Scott’s Inspector General during the Mexican War. Albany-born architect Edward Vason Jones was responsible for restorations done to the home in the 1960s. Today, this Georgia gem is owned by Preservation America Trust.
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