Category Archives: Eatonton GA

Carriage Factory, Circa 1818, Eatonton

These ruins in downtown Eatonton were recently brought to my attention by Dutch Henderson, who notes that they may soon be demolished. Dutch is quite knowledgeable about obscure historical locations in the area and has shared some fascinating places with me over the years.

Henderson notes that the owner, who is a preservationist/historian, believes the structure dates to circa 1818. He has actively sought a preservation solution for the ruins, but they are very compromised by long-term neglect and rapid urbanization and there may be very few options.

The structure was dated circa 1853 and identified as “Brick warehouse” when nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. This date may have been related to an advertisement for the business in the 23 May 1854 edition of the Eatonton Independent Press. It’s also believed that 1853 was the year the Marshall family purchased the factory, which was already an established business. David Kaminsky’s 1975 photograph for the nomination form shows that the roof was still in place at that time, and that at least two modern businesses, one known as Bailey’s Garage, were located in the building at some point.

The advertisement, shared by Mr. Henderson, identifies the business as “Marshall, McKavitt & Co., Manufacturers of Carriages, Rockaways, Bugies (sic), Two-Horse Wagons, &c.” [The National Register form misidentifies McKavitt as McKavilland, and includes an extra partner in the business, by the name of Rice].

The bricks were probably made on-site or nearby. Their dependence on the rich red clay dominant in the area is obvious.

There are but a scarce few surviving antebellum industrial structures in Georgia, so I was grateful to be able to document this one. I will update with more information as it becomes available.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Carnegie Library, 1915, Eatonton

This still serves as Eatonton’s public library.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Colonial Revival Houses, Eatonton

Various examples of the Colonial Revival style can be found on historic Madison Avenue.

Like other early-20th-century revivals, they can be quite eclectic.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

New South Cottages, Eatonton

New South Cottages were a popular style from 1890-1910. They’re similar to Georgian Cottages, but asymmetrical. They incorporate many different styles, including Folk Victorian and Colonial Revival, as in these examples on historic Madison Avenue.

Queen Anne Cottage, Eatonton

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Wilkins-Cooper-Jenkins House, Circa 1817 & 1885, Eatonton

This house has an ornamented tower which is obscured by the trees on the right, but otherwise, its wonderful Victorian Gothic details are visible here. According to the National Register of Historic Places, it was built as a four-room central hallway house and expanded over the years as it passed from family to family. The Victorian triple gables and tower were added around 1885.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Slade Hall, Circa 1853, Eatonton

As John Linley wrote in The Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area, “Greek Revival architecture seems to have reached a certain perfection in [this] house.” Originally thought to have been built circa 1836, research now indicates that construction took place between 1852-1854. It was built for Daniel & Elizabeth Trippe Slade. Slade came to Eatonton from Litchfield, Connecticut, around 1828 and after a brief teaching career operated a successful mercantile business for many years. The house was sold to a local judge, named Wingfield, around the turn of the last century and his family remained there until 1975.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Davis-Ashurst House, 1888, Eatonton

This was transformed from a Queen Anne to a more Classical-inspired house in 1898.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Tunison-Paschal-Sammons House, Circa 1855, Eatonton

This house has intrigued me ever since I first “discovered” it on the cover of John Linley’s The Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area many years ago. Linley was able to get a better photograph, as the front yard was less overgrown at the time, but it still looks great.

It was built in the Greek Revival style by Tunis Tunison, who with James Morrison Broadfield built Temperance Hall, the first two-story brick structure in Eatonton, in 1849. Tunison lost the house to William Paschal in a sherrif’s sale around 1860. It’s unclear when the front tower was added, but some sources suggest as early as 1858; others suggest the 1870s. I’m still not even sure as to the provenance of ownership, which varies greatly in sources.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

Uncle Remus Museum, 1963, Eatonton

Constructed from derelict slave cabins, the Uncle Remus Museum opened in Eatonton in 1963. Its location, Turner Park, was the boyhood homeplace of Joseph Sidney Turner, the inspiration for the “little boy” to whom “Uncle Remus” relayed all his critter stories in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and later works. Turner’s father, Joseph Addison Turner, owned Turnwold Plantation where Harris apprenticed as a teenager during the Civil War. A reconstructed blacksmith shop is also located in the park.

Carvings of many of the animal characters populate the grounds, which are a delight to walk around. I’m not sure who did all of these wonderful wood sculptures, but they’re a wonderful addition to the property. And forgive me if I confuse Bre’r Fox and Bre’r Wolf!

Bre’r Fox

Bre’r Wolf

Bre’r Bear

Bre’r Tarrypin

And last, but certainly not least, Bre’r Rabbit.