Leader-Rosansky House, 1903, Vidalia

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This home, with Neoclassical and Queen Anne elements, was built for Moses Leader and Nahum Aaron Rosansky, likely by Ivey P. Crutchfield. It’s the only surviving home associated with any of Vidalia’s founding fathers. Leader and Rosansky were Polish Jews who immigrated to America in 1890 to escape anti-semitism. They didn’t know each other when the first met in Augusta and formed a business partnership. Moses Leader came to Vidalia first, while Rosansky stayed behind in Augusta building capital. Leader peddled goods from door to door at first. Rosansky was in Vidalia by about 1895, when the two opened their store. The Leader & Rosansky Store was the biggest in Vidalia from the late 1890s until its closure, and the owners were instrumental in developing the commercial district of the town. The pair also bought over sixty acres of land and developed it for commercial, religious, and residential purposes. Mr. Leader’s sister, Rosa, came to Vidalia in 1902 and married Mr. Rosansky. It was a thriving family business. Rosa Rosansky died in the flu outbreak of 1918 and the store was closed by 1928. Mr. Rosansky died in 1930. They had two daughters, but only one, Anna Rosansky Bauman, lived to adulthood. She sold the house to Marvin Shuman in 1945. The Shuman’s daughter, Anita Shuman Momand notes that when they purchased the home the spindles on the cast iron fence were each painted a different color.

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National Register of Historic Places

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3 responses to “Leader-Rosansky House, 1903, Vidalia

  1. Anita Shuman Momand

    Brian, what a wonderful web site. My family (Marvin Shuman) bought the Leader house in the late 1940’s and was lived in by the Shuman children until the early eighties. What a great house! My daddy (Marvin) had the ceilings lowered so there were “secret rooms” on the upper floor, a dark, dank basement where me and my friends were scared to explore but loved to frighten each other!
    I thought you might be interested to know that when daddy bought the house the spindles on the ornamental iron fence were each painted a different color, red, green, yellow and blue. I think my daddy had them painted black as they did look a bit gaudy.
    I wonder if you know if this house is the oldest extant house in Vidalia proper?
    Vidalia was a great place to grow up in, I often tell my friends that I had a “Beaver Cleaver” upbringing and will be forever grateful for a fun filled childhood.
    Thank you so much for bringing back the memories.

    Anita Shuman Momand

  2. Judy Corley

    Once again the photos are awesome! I love Georgia and I have a great love for South Georgia. These are the best photos.

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