I photograph this house two or three times a year. I don’t know what intrigues me so much, but the porch is very inviting.
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I often run across old farmhouses like this one, exposed after a pine plantation has been clear-cut.
They’re usually near the end of their existence and sometimes they’re full of the remants of past lives.
Judging by the items in the house, it’s probably been at least thirty years since anyone was here.
Millhaven dates to 1769. It’s grown over the past two centuries into a mixed-purpose property that still includes active farming operations, timber holdings and hunting reservations. Today, it’ s owned by William S. Morris III of the Morris Communications Company, who has received awards for it conservation and management. That’s no small accomplishment considering it’s the largest farm operating as a single unit east of the Mississippi. The images that follow represent employee-related structures from the early to mid-20th century. I’d like to know more about them.
I’m not sure if the building below was a home or if it had a more public use.
There is little information publicly available on this landmark, owned by the Lovett family of northern Screven County. Some have suggested that the Marquis de Lafayette visited here on his tour of Georgia in 1823 or 1824 but his itinerary doesn’t necessarily suggest this. He did, however, pass through the area en route from Augusta to Milledgeville; if he did stop here, the house can be dated to 1823 at the latest. Some have suggested that it is as early as 1803, but until I have better information, I can’t say for sure. I believe it was built by Anthony Bonnell. Some of this information may be obscured as the Bonnells and the Lovetts were involved in a contentious land feud in the early days.
When viewed from the front, this home has a Plantation Plain appearance, but as can be seen in the top photograph, it has a half-story above the first two and that wasn’t so common to the style. It could be a later modification, or it could be a simple interpretation of the Georgian style.
Thanks to Joe Jeselnik for suggesting this great old house and to Kenneth Dillon Dixon for some of the background information.