Bonnell-Lovett House (Before 1823), Screven County

Lovett House Early 19th Century Landmark Plantation Architecture Two and a half stories Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

There is little information publicly available on this landmark, owned by the Lovett family of northern Screven County. Some have suggested that the Marquis de Lafayette visited here on his tour of Georgia in 1823 or 1824 but his itinerary doesn’t support this claim. He did, however, pass through the area en route from Augusta to Milledgeville; if he did stop here, the house can be dated to 1823 at the latest. Some have suggested that it is as early as 1803, but until I have better information, I can’t say for sure.  I believe it was built by Anthony Bonnell. Some of this information may be obscured as the Bonnells and the Lovetts were involved in a contentious land feud in the early days.

Lovett House Early 19th Century Landmark Plantation Architecture Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

When viewed from the front, this home has a Plantation Plain appearance, but as can be seen in the top photograph, it has a half-story above the first two and that wasn’t so common to the style. It could be a later modification, or it could be a simple interpretation of the Georgian style.

Lovett House Early 19th Century Landmark Plantation Architecture Screven County GA In the Shade Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Joe Jeselnik for suggesting this great old house and to Kenneth Dillon Dixon for some of the background information.

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One response to “Bonnell-Lovett House (Before 1823), Screven County

  1. Beth Reddick

    You could contact Little Ray Lovett who works with Mr. Ray Lariscy about this house. This is what I was told. Ray Lariscy runs Ray’s Service Station in Sylvania, next to Professional Insurance, across from the Chinese restaurant.

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