Reese Hall, Circa 1820, Monticello

Monticello’s oldest documented house, Reese Hall was originally built in Savannah but was disassembled there and moved to Monticello around 1820. Its most prominent owner was Dr. David Addison Reese (3 March 1794-16 December 1871) who received his medical degree from Jefferson College in Philadelphia.  He was the son of a Revolutionary soldier and the grandson of a signer of the now-debunked Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence. After briefly working in Elberton he moved to Monticello and established a thriving practice. Besides serving for a number of years as Jasper County’s state senator, and 25 years as a Trustee of the University of Georgia, he was also appointed a Commissioner of Cherokee relations by President Andrew Jackson in 1831. Politically a Whig, he succeeded Alexander H. Stephens in Congress in 1853. He left Georgia for Russell County, Alabama, during the Civil War and died there at the age of 78.

This is the house in 2015, while Judy Hunsucker’s wonderful restoration was in progress. I believe it has since been used as a bed and breakfast.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places



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