Harville House, 1894, Bulloch County

Keebler Henry Harville House Bulloch County GA Landmark Vernacular Folk Victorian Architecture Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

I visited the iconic Harville House for the first time in nearly a year yesterday and was glad to see that the Bulloch County Historical Society, with assistance from the Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Foundation,  had placed a marker explaining its history. The house is on private property and should be photographed from the road only. Fromthe historic marker: Samuel Winkler Harville purchased this 754-acre farm in 1862. Born on December 17, 1826, Harville was one of two delegates Bulloch County sent to the 1861 Secession Convention in Milledgeville. He voted for Georgia to secede from the Union.

Samuel’s son, Henry Keebler Harville, purchased the property and built the Harville House as a one-story house around 1894. The second story was added ten years later, resulting in a total of 14 rooms to accommodate a growing family. The vernacular architectural features of the house were inspired by a dream of Keebler Harville. The lumber used was cut and sawn from timber grown on the farm. By the time of Keebler’s death in 1946, the farm had grown to 2800 acres. More than just a landmark, the farm was self-sustaining for 10 families. It included a grist mill, saw mill, cotton gin, two-story smokehouse, ice house, syrup house, and a commissary. He was the first in Bulloch County to sell peanuts commercially and picked peanuts commercially for other farmers from Blitchton to Claxton. He purchased the first corn snapper in the county.

The Harville Cemetery is located 1/4 mile west of the house.

Keebler Henry Harville House Historic Marker County Historical Society Averitt Family Bulloch County GA Landmark Vernacular Folk Victorian Architecture Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013


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6 responses to “Harville House, 1894, Bulloch County

  1. R Harville

    I’m a “Harville,” and would love to see this house in person and visit the cemetery. What’s the address?

  2. Francine Coppage

    Love this picture and this old house. Hope someone restores it.

  3. Lovely old house that has stood the test of time. Happily it’s still standing for us to all to enjoy.

  4. What a wonderful house would love to see it restored.

  5. Brian Brown, it is a pleasure to fly along with you as you capture the old homes and the lands of Georgia! It always sets my mind to wondering about the people and their lives that lived in these homes.. Thak you. Patt Findley Freedman

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