The historic marker for the house, placed by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1958, is titled “Albany’s First Brick House”.
It gives this brief overview of the home’s history: Built of brick hauled from Macon by wagon, this house was completed in 1860 by Congressman William R. (Tete) Smith for his bride, Caroline Williams Smith. The interior trim and mahogany stair rail came from New York; the furnishings were imported from England. Flower beds were laid out in Masonic designs with statues of Minerva and Flora prominently displayed. Captain of the Albany Guards of the 4th Ga. Regt., Smith lost a leg in the Battle of King´s Schoolhouse, Virginia. Member of the Confederate Congress and, later, of the U. S. Congress, he was an able lawyer and a beloved citizen of Albany.
National Register of Historic Places
This house is just a copy of Nicholas DeLaigle’s house in Augusta that was built much eariler and was made from brick from England or France. Mr DeLaigle then started the first brick factory in the south.He had much land and slaves and a son Armand DeLaigle killed at Savage Station Va. during the Civil War.
Actually, the Nicholas DeLaigle House ( now demolished) and the W.E. Smith houses were quite different.
The Delaigle House was a three story, four over four rooms, side hall plan.
The W.E. Smith house is a two-story, two over two rooms ( with one story rooms on rear , center hall plan house. So not a ” copy” of the DeLaigle house.
The history of the Smith House is certainly interesting. I like all your pics—of course some more than others. You should do a book of photographs that you’ve done. We would love for you to attend and present a slide show of photographs to the Wayne County Historical Society.