Harville House, 1894, Bulloch County

This house has been a landmark of rural Bulloch County for over a century. Overgrown shrubs and vines have recently been cleared, and the house seems too far gone to be saved at this point, which is a shame, since it’s the grandest Folk Victorian I’ve ever seen. According to a fellow photographer who attended Georgia Southern in the early 1970s, the house was abandoned then, and was called the “Haunted House” by students and locals alike. I don’t believe it’s haunted, and though it looks the worse for wear, descendants of the family still keep a watchful eye on it and are rightfully proud of its history. Trespassing is prohibited but it’s okay to photograph it from the roadside.

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Here’s a view from the west front today, and as it looked in its early days.

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Courtesy Statesboro Regional Library

And here a few more shots from various perspectives.

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31 responses to “Harville House, 1894, Bulloch County

  1. Pingback: Harville House, 1894, Bulloch County | Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

  2. joe

    the Harvilles are great folks! Dr. Bohler would make house calls to the two sisters in the house. said it was neat as a pen and they would be dressed like made up china dolls without a wrinkle in bed spread! it deff had to be and still is amazing!

    • I would love to see a pic of the house in its hey day…when she was still occupied and being taken care of..and her yard around her still being taken care of…if ‘anyone’ has a pic, please send it to me…

  3. My Uncle owns this house along with my grandfather and the last i heard Statesboro had issued financing to restore this house. My family still owns the house. It is not haunted. That is stories made up by bored college kids. Growing up I was told this house belonged to Samuel Harville, He is my great, great,great Grandfather, and history says he signed th.e ordinance for Bulloch County to secede from the Union. My family name carries much history there. I would absolutely love to see the pictures of the house before it started to fall apart

    • misssy

      hi my name name is missy same last name my husband been came across this photo and last name on the web was hoping you would get in contact with me just trying to figured some famliy history thanks

  4. Matt

    This house actually still belongs to our family. I have a painting of the house that was made years and years ago that shows what it looked like in it’s prime. Let me know if you’d like to see it.

    • I’d love to see it, Matt…please email it to me at wbrianbrownATgmailDOTcom. If it’s a good scan I’ll certainly post it on the site!

    • gagirl30427

      please contact me. I would love to talk to you about the house.

    • Olivia Williamson Braddy

      I would very much like to see it! I’ve been to this house with my daughter and was so saddened at its state of disrepair. Please send me the picture at olbraddy@pineland.net
      Olivia Williamson Braddy

    • Shawn Taylor

      Matt. I live in Bulloch county, and love the old Harville house also. I would LOVE to see what it looked like in its prime, before it began to deteriorate…bet she was something…would u send me a pic??!

    • Matt..please send me a pic of the house in its hey day…would love to see it….

    • misssy

      Hey matt our famliy name is the same i was just wondering if you had more info on your grest grest uncles and their fathers just to see if were related my name is missy

      • I’m not related to the family, but had sent an earlier post that I would really love to see a pic of the Harville house from its Hey day…before it went into decline….if u get a pic please send to me…I never did get a reply from Matt, or whomever it was that said they had a painting of the house when it was still being lived in…imagine it was a beautiful place…I’ve been in the old house couple of times years back..but again this was after she was beginning to fall apart…

    • Anita Exum

      I would love to see the painting of this house, its so beautiful.

  5. One of my best friends photographed this place and knows the family. Email me if you want more info. They seem very nice and may let you enter and take interior shots if you contact them. My friend has that info so let me know if you’re interested. Love this site!

  6. I would be taken there as a teenager when I visted from Florida…saw blood on the floor and other things! Very exciting in the 1970′s!

  7. Allie Woodard

    Local sources tell me that the sisters who were the last to live in the Harville House were Nan and Naomi Harville. Naomi died in 1967 and Nan in 1976. They were the daughters of Keebler H. and Hester Byrd Harville. There were at least eleven children born to that family. Most of them are buried in Eastside Cemetery.

  8. This house simply breathes history, new beginnings, romance, happy times, hard times and bad times – if I was this house ‘I’ would be haunted and desirous of telling my story!

  9. Connie Wimmer

    The Harville family lives near the old house on GW Oliver road I think. Last year they did a clean up/restore on the old house around Halloween, I think they gave out candy to the trick-or-treaters. You can contact Adam Harville, he has a tree removal/stump grinding business in Statesboro.

  10. phil

    Still an imposing structure ,even in disrepair !

  11. Marie

    The Harville sisters lived there. If memory serves me they were never married. It was considered haunted for many years, but always thought it to be ole wives tales. There may be more history at the Statesboro Library.

  12. Carolyn

    My families last name was Harvell. My great great grand fathers were from Georgia. as far back as 1823. His name was William Green Berry Harvell. I wonder if they lived near here. My Grand Mother was from Jesup, Georgia. However I don’t know where in Georgia my Father’s family was from in Georgia. The family crest has shown the different spellings of Harvell. The family shows the Harvells, Harvel, Harvill, Harville all came from Harville, England the South West area in England..Thanks, for the pictures…Very interesting to ponder if this was a relative of mine?

  13. Amazing old place, and what a combination of styles!

  14. What a marvelous old home. I hope somebody has the inclination and means to restore it before time finally does it in.

  15. Marilee (Shaw) Stone

    It is a shame that it can’t be restored. Just looking at this photo of te house, I can imgagine it was a beauty in it’s day.

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