I wondered if this house may have been a boarding house or early hotel, and thanks to Barbara Scott, I now know that it was. She notes that it was also the residence of Joseph S. Baynard and that today it is the residence of Mack & Linda Edwards.
Guyton was originally known as Whitesville, for the community that emerged around Zachariah White’s 250-acre plantation. With no heirs and deep debt, White’s estate was seized by Effingham County. When the Central of Georgia Railway laid tracks through the community around 1837, it was simply referred to as Station Number 30. Soon thereafter it was named in honor of a prominent local, Archibald Guyton.