Carrell-Harman House, 1896, Unadilla

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Architect Chris DiMattei notes that this home was the design of one of the most prominent architects of Victorian America, George F. Barber. It’s an example of Design #1 from Barber’s Cottage Souvenir pattern book. Thanks to Leigh Ann Green for the identification and to Mary McIntyre Smith, who wrote: This is the Carrell-Harman Home Place was built in 1896 by a doctor for his wife, but she did not like it. My husband’s great-grand parents, John Rasco Carrell Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Clewis Carrell bought the house in 1899 and lived there until they died in 1909 and 1910. Their children included David Edward Carrell, born 1878 died 1879, Charlie Zollie Coffer Carrell born in 1879,died 1906, Mary Zeph Carrell born 1881 and died in 1977, Symthy Pauline Carrell born in 1883 and died in 1919, Lessie Corinne Carrell born 1886 and died in 1955, John Rasco Carrell Jr. born in 1889 and died in 1958, Verner Carrell born in 1892 and died in 1945, and E. B. Carrell born in 1896 and died in 1919. Aunt Zeph Carrell married a Mr. Harman and bought the house in approx. 1911 and had two children, Katherine and James. Years later, after retiring, Katherine returned to Unadilla to take care of Aunt Zeph. Both Katherine and James have since passed away, but James had one son, Robert Carrell Harman II (Bobby), who lives in the house today. So, the house is referred to as the Carrell-Harman Home Place. In recent years, the Carrell-Harman House had a 100 year birthday party organized by the Carrell family and it was well attended. Cousin Katherine gave this information to my sister, Mary Carrell Smith Morrison, several years after the birthday party.

UPDATE: This house was lost to fire on 26 December 2017. Ginger Lemmon writes: Sad to report that this home burned tonight. Unadilla has lost a historical treasure.

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14 responses to “Carrell-Harman House, 1896, Unadilla

  1. Eddie Conner

    My Grandmother was the Smythy Pauline mentioned in the list of children born to Rascoe and Sarah Elizabeth. My mother was the only grand daughter who was given the full name of Sarah Elizabeth. Grandma married Charles Peter Ponder from Forsyth. As nearly as I can remember he was a pharmaceutical salesman and they lived in Macon. In January 1919 the flu endemic that followed the Great War struck the Harman family. Grandma left Mamma in the care of a neighbor and went to Unadilla to help care for her siblings. She contracted the flu herself and died of it in the Harman home. Mamma then went to live with her Grandma Ponder until her death in about 1930. Mamma then came to live with Aunt Zeph and lived there until she married my father in 1935.

    • volorgas

      Eddie, thanks for sharing your family history with this home. I am wondering if you have any family photos of the house? I was going to photograph it myself, in person, this Saturday, until I learned that it was lost to fire. I would like the photos to record this home as an example of a home designed by the architect, George F Barber. If you have some that you would like to share, please email me directly at crdimattei@gmail.com. Thanks.

  2. Ginger Lemmon

    Sad to report that this home burned tonight. Unadilla. Ga. has lost a historical treasure.

  3. Mary McIntyre Smith

    This home is the Carrell-Harman Home Place was built in 1896 by a doctor for his wife, but she did not like it. My husband’s great-grand parents, John Rasco Carrell Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Clewis Carrell bought the house in 1899 and lived there until they died in 1909 and 1910. Their children included David Edward Carrell, born 1878 died 1879, Charlie Zollie Coffer Carrell born in 1879,died 1906, Mary Zeph Carrell born 1881 and died in 1977, Symthy Pauline Carrell born in 1883 and died in 1919, Lessie Corinne Carrell born 1886 and died in 1955, John Rasco Carrell Jr. born in 1889 and died in 1958, Verner Carrell born in 1892 and died in 1945, and E. B. Carrell born in 1896 and died in 1919. Aunt Zeph Carrell married a Mr. Harman and bought the house in approx. 1911 and had two children, Katherine and James. Years later, after retiring, Katherine returned to Unadilla to take care of Aunt Zeph. Both Katherine and James have since passed away, but James had one son, Robert Carrell Harman II (Bobby), who lives in the house today. So, the house is referred to as the Carrell-Harman Home Place. In recent years, the Carrell-Harman House had a 100 year birthday party organized by the Carrell family and it was well attended. Cousin Katherine gave this information to my sister, Mary Carrell Smith Morrison, several years after the birthday party.

  4. Melanie Moon

    It should actually be spelled ‘Harman’. I loved spending time there as a child. My first cousin, once-removed still resides in the house.

  5. Leigh Ann Green

    This is the Harmon home in Unadilla & a member of that family continues to live there.

  6. What a magnificent house. Thanks for taking these pictures!

  7. connie raper

    Every time I go by this house I think how beautiful it is and hope the owners will keep it in good shape. Today it would cost a fortune to build one like it.

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