Henry Tippins House, Circa 1870, Manassas

manassas ga historic tippins farmhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Patrick Benton writes of this Plantation Plain landmark: This house was built around 1870 by my great-great-grandfather, Henry Tippins. It has been in the family since then. It now serves as our weekend hunting lodge. Not much has been done to it as far as upgrades…I saw an old photo of it from the 30’s or 40’s. It was not painted then either!


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16 responses to “Henry Tippins House, Circa 1870, Manassas

  1. Roy Godbee

    I was born and raised in Manassas and lived there 65 years, I played in, around and under this grand old house and have many great memories of Manassas, how great it was growing up there in the 50’s & 60’s.
    I remember Ms.Arnell and have spent many a nickel on 2 for a penny candy in her store, she was a sweet lady who always would drop an extra piece in the bag. I also remember Ms. Kate and she was also good to us kids and would share a sweet with you. I always have a little Manassas dirt in my shoes!

    • jake smith

      I lived near Manassas, my aunt was the postmaster there, I used to help her put the mail on Friday afternoons when I was 12, now 78!!!!

  2. Bill

    Love the history of these places………there are so many!

  3. Claire Knight

    There was an old saying in the South about an unpainted house. “Too poor to paint. Too proud to whitewash.” Most folks were desperately poor for decades after the War Between the States.

  4. It’s from my ancestral lineage. She sure is beautiful. I’ve found that Tippins history is quite fluent in Tattnall County. Anything you could tell me about my ancestors would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Sylvia Tippins Young

    • gayle jolluck


    • JC Sullivan

      “Florida Pioneer who died with his family ca 1838 during an Indian uprising.

      “It is again my painful duty to inform you of a most shocking Indian massacre – I mean the murder of Mr. John Tippins and family.

      “Mr Tippins was bringing his wife and children out of Florida to see her parents, and when within a few miles of her father’s house, was fallen in with about seven Indians, between 10 o’clock, A.M. and 12 o’clock.

      “Mr. Tippens was shot from his horse, the Indians then made an easy capture of his helpless family and vented their savage spleen by beating them on the heads with their tomahawks.

      “Mrs. Tippins lived (senseless) about forty hours, but did not speak; her skull was smashed in many places by the tomahawk. She died in the arms of her father, Mr. David Mizell.

      “Her children are not yet dead, although the skull of each is fractured in many places by the tomahawks.

      “This melancholy occasion took place in this county last Monday not far from Ocean Pond”.

      A nearby resident, Mrs. Elisha Green, discovered the bloody scene. She left an eyewitness account saying that Mr. Tippens “died on the spot where he fell, shot from his horse”. His full name was John Joshua Underwood Tippens.

      His wife, Nancy Tippens, was scalped, and left to bleed to death. Their three children were “chopped in their heads with tomahawks and slung to the ground”. The next morning, Mrs. Green found Nancy. Tippens and a three year old girl, Cornelia still clinging to life. Nancy Tippens died soon after she was discovered. But the three-year-old Cornelia survived; she lived till 1926 dying at the age of 88. Not having a coffin, Mrs. Green buried the dead man, his wife and the other two children in the body of their wagon. The place where they are buried is now called South Prong Cemetery; it was the Green family burial ground. Legend has it that a standing wagon wheel marked the grove. That wagon wheel has long since disappeared. So there you have it. That is the latest news from from 173 years ago.

  5. Amy

    Does anyone have any info on my great great grandmother Arnell Flowers Lynn Oliver.I remember going to her house there and her house being right off the train tracks we would put pennies on the tracks .

    • Allen Wms

      Hello Amy.It has been a long time.But I knew your great grandma .Arnel Oliver.When I was a kid we rented the house next to her from her.Feel free to contact me.Allen Williams

  6. Wow! I’m so glad I finally came across some info on this house! We stumbled across it in 2009 on our way to Savannah! Great history and I’m glad to hear it’s still with it’s original family!

    Tippins Farmhouse


  7. Patrick Benton


    This house was built around 1870 by my GGGrandfather, Henry Tippins. It has been in the family since then. It now serves as our weekend hunting lodge. Not much has been done to it as far as upgrades…I saw an old photo of it from the 30’s or 40’s. It was not painted then either! If you want to document(photos) it inside…I have a key and will meet you there…I live in Savannah.


    • Thanks for the information, Patrick. This house is well loved by many who have seen my photograph, and I can tell your family does a good job keeping it up. Great that you can use it as a hunting lodge. I’ll contact you soon regarding getting inside; would love to have some interior views for the site!

    • zachary

      i live , when you pass the railrode next to it on down a couple houses on kenidy bridge road i live with my grandma godbee , thelma godbee she is 97 yesterday i live about 50 to 60 yards from you and from this house i pass by it every day on my old schwinn cruiser it is a nice house meybe you can show me around in it it seems really big i gett preaty creeped out when im in front of it it sorta scares me im just turned 15 also

    • Deb Schwabe

      Patrick, Did you know of Kate Robertson who lived in Manassas and died in 1971 at age 93? She ran a boarding house. She had daughters by her first husband Mr. Long, then had a son, Charles Robertson, by her second husband. Her grandmother. Ida Riggs raised her in that house. We saw the house in the early 1970’s but we took a trip to Manassas a few days ago and it is not longer there. She is buried in the Brewton Cemetary in Hagan and we visited her grave. She’s a relative and we’d love to know more about her if your family can share any stories.
      Deb Schwabe

    • gayle jolluck


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