Lieutenant R. W. Clements House, Irwinville

Captain R W Clements House Irwinville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Built after the Civil War (likely 1870s) by 1st Lieutenant Reuben Walton Clements (1836-1899), this plantation house remains one of Irwinville’s most prominent landmarks. Clements was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of the Irwin Volunteers, Company F, 49th Regiment of Georgia Infantry on 4 March 1862 . Though he resigned on 30 July 1862 due to measles, he re-enlisted as a private in Company H, 4th Regiment of Georgia Cavalry (Clinch’s,) on 2 March 1863 . He surrendered at Tallahassee on 10 May 1865. [Ironically, this was the same day Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops on nearby property also owned by Clements. That property today is home to Jefferson Davis Historic Site] R. W. Clements’ son, James Bagley (Jim) Clements, resided here for many years. He was the author of History of Irwin County (Atlanta, Foote & Davies, 1932). Clements was a member of the Irwin County school board, an appointed and elected judge, and subsequently served in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate.

Author: Brian Brown

Brian Brown is a documentary photographer, author, and historian who lives in Coastal Georgia.

5 thoughts on “Lieutenant R. W. Clements House, Irwinville”

  1. This home was own by my great parents for around 40 years and recently was sold!! I have so many precious memories there!!

  2. My friend Reuben Walton Clements III died earlier this year in Valdosta, probably the Great-Great-Grandson of this man.

    1. I just came across this and thought I would say hi Ola. You are correct.
      Take care!!
      Reuben Walton Clements, IV
      Now my son Reuben Walton Clements, V
      learning the family history.

      1. Hello… Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know thst my Wife and I recently purchased the Clements House in Irwinville, and are restoring it…. Feel free to drop me a note anytime.. Thanks

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