Tag Archives: Georgia Folk Victorian Architecture

Folk Victorian House, 1884, Brunswick

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Folk Victorian House, 1880, Brunswick

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Folk Victorian House, Ochlocknee

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Eddy Neighborhood, Milledgeville

Folk Victorian Cottage, 1908

Though it wasn’t the only African-American neighborhood in Milledgeville at the turn of the last century, the Eddy community was among the most prominent. Anchored by Flagg Chapel and the Eddy School, it was a center of spiritual, cultural, and educational advancement for African-Americans in a time of segregation.

Folk Victorian Cottage, Date Unknown

The architecture of the neighborhood is vernacular, with Folk Victorian being the most notable form.

Folk Victorian Cottage, Date Unknown
Central Hallway Cottage, Date Unknown

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BALDWIN COUNTY GA--, Milledgeville GA

Durden House, Circa 1900, Cobbtown

This well-maintained Folk Victorian in Cobbtown was built circa 1900. Its fascinating story was shared with me by Hudak Hendrix, the son of owner Mary Joyce Durden Hendrix.

The Durden House was purchased by Lester Eason and Louvenia Youmans Durden sometime in the early 1930’s.  The family had moved to Cobbtown in the late 1920’s.  According to family lore, the move from Norristown in Emanuel County was prompted by an incident that had occurred at a local baseball game where Mr. Durden’s father, John Fitzgerald Durden, Emanuel County Tax Collector, was attacked by a man with a knife.  His son rose to his defense and beat the attacker with a baseball bat.  Later, the man died from his injuries.  Apparently, the families decided that the best course of action would be for my grandfather to take his family to Cobbtown to provide some distance and minimize the possibility of further aggressions.


While the Durden family had two children, Tom and Nannie Lou, upon their arrival to Cobbtown, another son, Lamar Eason,  was born during their brief stay in the Coleman Hotel in December of 1929.  Later, after the family purchased the Durden House, two more children, Kenneth Lawson Durden(1932) and Mary Joyce Durden (1934), were born.  Mary Joyce (Durden) Hendrix currently lives in the house.


While in Cobbtown, Mr. Durden operated a “rolling store” throughout the local area of northern Tattnall County while Mrs. Durden was a cook at the Cobbtown School that was located across the street from the Durden House until a lightning strike in 1968 caused a fire which burned the school.  


Originally, the house included several acres of land that stretched down Railroad Street to the corner of Collins Street but over the the years, several parcels were distributed to family members who built houses that remain under the ownership of direct descendants of the original family
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Filed under --TATTNALL COUNTY GA--, Cobbtown GA

Folk Victorian House, Fitzgerald

South Main-South Lee Streets Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Fitzgerald GA

Folk Victorian Cottage, 1905, St. Marys

This home was originally a more typical Queen Anne cottage but has been slightly modified over time to its present Folk Victorian appearance.

St. Marys Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Stone-Bunkley-Guy House, 1880s, St. Marys

St. Marys Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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J. S. Cato House, Jefferson County

Nancy Shore contacted me several years ago about photographing this house, which belonged to her great-grandfather, and I’m glad I finally got to do so. Nancy notes that it has been unoccupied for over 30 years.

The view from the front porch isn’t bad.

The main entryway, with sidelights and transom, is typical of houses built in the late 19th century.

Inverted saw-tooth pyramids adorn the eaves and are the most impressive ornamental feature of this otherwise typical gabled-ell farmhouse.

The house also features an enclosed rear addition, itself a winged-gable form, which possibly originated as a separate kitchen. This is a common modificaton with this form.

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Nathan Ellis Bulloch House, 1920s, Preston

This was originally the home of Nathan Ellis Bulloch, who moved to Preston in 1919. It was likely built soon thereafter. Though quite late for the style, this Queen Anne form is typical of many pattern books and the sunburst is likely a vernacular addition chosen by Mr. Bulloch. Thanks to Debbie Walker, a Preston artist who has painted the house and lives nearby, for the background.

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Filed under --WEBSTER COUNTY GA--, Preston GA