Stephen Upson House, 1812, Lexington

Surrounded by a stacked granite wall on expansive grounds, this is one of the most imposing properties in Lexington. Photographs of the gardens were included in the landmark Garden History of Georgia (1933). Though the one-story portico seen here is now the entrance, it was once the rear of the house. Otherwise, the house is in relatively original form. Amazingly, another of his Georgia homes survives largely intact in Athens, now used as bank offices.

Connecticut native Stephen Upson (1785-24 August 1824), who was called the “wisest man in Georgia” during his lifetime, came to Lexington via Virginia to study law under William Harris Crawford. He married Hannah Cummins after establishing a practice in Lexington and was a member of the Georgia legislature from 1820 until his death. He also served as the head of the Georgia bar. Shortly after his death, the legislature created and named Upson County in his memory.

Lexington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

2 thoughts on “Stephen Upson House, 1812, Lexington

  1. Ben Dooley

    Brian I am very familiar with and love this old house and the Upson House in Athens, and am proud to say I was the Architect for the restoration/renovation/additions for the Lexington Upson house about 4 years ago and one of the architects for the +/-1980 restoration/adaptive renovation/additions to the Athens Upson house.

    If Stephen Upson died in 1824, the Athens Upson house must have been built by a son because it dates from the 1840’s. It has to be one of Georgia’s finest examples of Greek revival.

    The Lexington house in its original version facing down hill toward the town is an outstanding example of the Federal style.. The old original elaborate Federal entryway with sidelights and elliptical fan-light is still in place inside the existing house now serving as a passage between the original 1912 house and shed roof additions from the mid 19th century. It is a fantastic and beautifully restored place! The current owner even imported old style float glass from Germany to replace any modern glass in the existing windows.

    1. Brian Brown Post author

      So glad to hear of your association, Ben. I will see if I can find out more about the Athens house. I agree that it must be his son. I don’t think it was a very common name…


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