Jones-Smith House, Circa 1833, Springfield

springfield ga vernacular federal house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

I’ve been fascinated by this house since I first saw it. Likely among the oldest in Springfield, it appears to be of the transitional Federal style. The date may well be earlier than 1833 but further confirmation is needed.

springfield ga vernacular federal style house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Thanks to Kenneth Dixon, who does such wonderful research on the families and dwellings in this section of Georgia, for the identification. He shares this description from Images of America: Effingham County: The Jones-Smith House in Springfield. The Jones-Smith House, built in the early 1800s near the courthouse, was owned by the Jones family in early Springfield. It was said that Brad Jones was hung for being sympathetic to the Northern cause in the 1860s. The house was operated as a “public house” during the 1830s. Later, Mrs. Ethelyn Mock bought the home and passed ownership to her daughter Monteen

 

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2 responses to “Jones-Smith House, Circa 1833, Springfield

  1. Kenneth Dixon

    I love this early 19th-century house. There is some history in the Images of America Effingham County book: “The Jones-Smith House in Springfield. The Jones-Smith House, built in the early 1800s near the courthouse, was owned by the Jones family in early Springfield. It was said that Brad Jones was hung for being sympathetic to the Northern cause in the 1860s. The house was operated as a “public house” during the 1830s. Later, Mrs. Ethelyn Mock bought the home and passed ownership to her daughter Monteen.”

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