Tag Archives: Georgia Stone Chimneys

Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, 1935, Marion County

This is one of the most extraordinary tenant houses I’ve ever seen.

At first glance, it appears to be a typical example of the form.

But further inspection reveals an inscription on the local stone chimney, dating it to 29 March 1935. While I have seen a few dated chimneys in my travels, this is the first one I’ve encountered on such a utilitarian structure. It’s an amazing testament to the pride of the builder, who may have also been the tenant.

As this remnant wall suggests, this already tiny house was subdivided, suggesting it may have been home to two tenants.

It also includes a shed room at the rear of the house, which is relatively typical with this form.



Queen Anne Folk Victorian Farmhouse & Barn, Marion County

This historic farmhouse is a great example of Folk Victorian architecture.

As is somewhat common in this area, local stone was used in the construction of the chimney.




Central Hallway Cottage, Harris County

This nice surviving central hallway cottage has a chimney made of local stone, something common in the earlier houses of this area.

Log House, Oconee County

I’m unsure if this is an original structure or a reconstruction, but it appears to have authentic elements.

Historic Farmstead, Banks County

This central hallway farmhouse has been expanded over time. A smokehouse (or packhouse) remains on the property.

Unidentified House, Auraria

More than one source, including Wikipedia, identifies this structure as a bank from gold rush days that was later converted into a house. Other sources state that a chimney is all that remains of the bank. I do believe it’s a 19th-century structure. I hope to learn more and will update this post when I do.

Turnwold, Early 1800s , Putnam County

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Joel Chandler Harris Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Located on private property and inaccessible, Turnwold is among the most historic plantations in Georgia. Likely dating to the 1810s-1820s, the present house, known as the Alexander-Turner House, has undergone many modifications over the years. [There is some question as to the actual date of the house today]. In 1805, brothers William and Joseph Turner received property here in the 1805 land lottery and immediately began improving the property. Little is known of William, but Joseph was well-known for publishing The Countryman. It is thought to be the only such periodical published on a plantation during the course of the war. It was as a printer’s devil for Mr. Turner during the Civil War that Joel Chandler Harris heard stories in Turnwold’s slave quarters that would become the basis for his Uncle Remus stories.

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Joel Chandler Harris Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

An outbuilding at the entrance gate is quite interesting in its own right, likely an early tenant house.

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Historic Tenant Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015
As of 2020 this structure has collapsed.

Just to emphasize again, this is private property and can only be viewed or photographed from the right of way.