C. W. Deen House, 1897, Baxley

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This is the grandest home in Baxley, made more so by all the azaleas in bloom. If you’ve ever passed north through the town on U. S. Highway 1, you’ve undoubtedly seen it. Begun in 1894 and completed in 1897, it was built for C. W. Deen. The house was designed by Joseph J. Johnson, a prominent architect and builder responsible for a number of local landmarks, including the county courthouse, a bank, a church, and several other residences. Deen was a timber and naval stores opoerator and one of the leading businessmen and landowners in Appling County at the turn of the last century. He also operated a grist mill and store in Baxley. In 1901, he became a leader in a project hoping to bring a sugar refinery to Appling County. Despite a large investment, this project was unsuccessful. In 1906 he became involved with the development of the town of Alma. Deen moved his family to Lakeland, Florida, in 1908, but remained active in the business affairs of Baxley and Appling County. The home was purchased by W. Hughes & Carrie Rogers in 1909. Mrs. Rogers was a co-founder of the Baxley Women’s Club.

National Register of Historic Places

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3 responses to “C. W. Deen House, 1897, Baxley

  1. joseph guzzo

    CW may have been my great grad father Dorsey Deen my Grand father was from Baxley

  2. Polly

    The house was subsequently purchased by a newly arrived surgeon (Dr. Virusky) and served as his office and family home. I believe that was in the 1950’s. He and his wife have passed away, but it remains in his family.

  3. Earlene Reeves

    How beautiful! Bet this house has some untold stories.

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