Tax records date this house to 1908 but I believe the front section is a much earlier central hallway cottage.
According to the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church: The Ideal UMC was formed in the early past of this century. With the decline of two other churches in the area, the Lebanon Methodist Episcopal Church and the Turner’s Chapel Church, there was a need for a church for the people of Ideal. Mr. George P. Brooks and Mrs. W. T. Harden directed the organization of the church on the second Sunday in May, 1908. The church began having services in the auditorium of the local school house, the Ideal High School…on November 5, 1913, the congregation hired a contractor from Oglethorpe, J. C. Stephens, to build the church…The new building was completed by May, 1914…
Amanda Turner Pankey writes: My father was born and raised in Ideal and still lives there. He said it belonged to a Dr. Childs who was a physician in town. The house was painted white until probably sometime in the 90s when another family bought it and painted it the color you see in the picture. I’m from there as well and have always admired it. I grew up there in the 80s and 90s. According to my father, the family that lived there during that time was Mr. Millard Childs, his wife Vie, His brother Earl and their sister Elmer. They were the children of Dr. Childs. Millard was the depot agent for the railroad.
As of 2020, this structure is no longer standing.