Tag Archives: Georgia Houses

Lee-Porter House, 1913, Covington

This house is a beautifully maintained exemplar of the Neoclassical Revival. It was built for Lester Lee, who resided here until 1924, when it was sold to the O. W. Porter family. Like many historic homes in Covington, the mansion has been used extensively as a set location for Hollywood productions over the years, including The Vampire Diaries, Bessie, and Sweet Magnolias, among others.

Floyd Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

J. E. Florence House, Circa 1856, Monticello

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

McLendon-Walker House, 1903, Fitzgerald

This Queen Anne landmark was built circa 1903. It was the home of Evelyn and Richard McLendon for many years. Richard was a coach and Evelyn was a longtime history teacher at Fitzgerald High School. Current owners Patricia and David Walker have lovingly restored the home.

*- This post was originally published in 2018. This update replaces it.

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

Fuller House, Forest Glen

According to Cara Cobb, who suggested the location, this historic Plantation Plain was originally known as the Fuller property. Captain Fuller was one of the first family members to settle in the area and he opened a store at the crossroads which eventually became known as Forest Glen. There was also a grist mill and schoolhouse nearby. The house was built later and I can’t confirm a date, but Cara recalls: A long time ago, two dear ladies, the Fuller sisters came by.  They had grown up in the house. [This suggests the house may date to the early 20th century, though it looks older, and could be].

The property was known as the Fitzgerald Farm until it was purchased by the New Covenant Christian Community in 1977. Though the house has been sold, some of the property is still part of New Covenant.

Rose Hill Seminary Headmaster’s House, 1850s, Talbotton

If the resource I’ve used is correct, this structure was known as the Johnson cabin and expanded circa 1855 into the present Greek Revival form for use as the headmaster’s home. It is the last surviving significant structure of the Rose Hill Seminary, established by Zion Episcopal Church founder Reverend Richard Johnson, who came to Talbotton in 1846. The expansion of the house may have taken place at the direction of Reverend Wesley Gahagan, who came to Talbotton in 1852 to manage the school. Reverend Gahagan died in 1857 and the school closed soon thereafter. [Thanks to Jim Bruce for further confirming some of this history].

Trae Ingram notes that the house suffered serious damage during a tornado a few years ago.

Folk Victorian Cottage, Butler

Like many Folk Victorian houses, this example is a bit eclectic. It is probably older than the stylistic elements would suggest.

Queen Anne Cottage, Thomaston

Though the central gable gives this home a Gothic Revival feel, I believe it’s actually an “eclectic” Queen Anne. Knowing the date of construction would be definitive; the line between Queen Anne and Carpenter Gothic can be confusing. Whatever its “style”, it’s one of my favorite houses in Thomaston.

Weaver-Dallas House, 1820s, Thomaston

According to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation: The earliest version of the Weaver-Dallas House dates to the 1820s, as a one-room house and separate doctor shop, making it the oldest house in Thomaston. Additions in the 1830s and 1840s created a 1 ½ story cottage with Federal and Classical Revival elements. Stepping on site today reveals that not much has changed since then. Located on .98 of an acre, the property includes two smoke houses, a garden shed and a 1930s car shed, and is as close to a time capsule of Georgia history as one may find today. The house has been in the same family since it was purchased by Travis Weaver in 1840.

Thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Trust, the home has a new owner.

C. M. Smith House, 1920s, Concord

This exceptional Neoclassical Revival mansion was built by C. M. Smith in the early 1920s. Mr. Smith was the highly successful owner of Smith Brothers Nursery, which at one time was the largest fruit and ornamental tree nursery east of the Mississippi.