Wasden House, Brooks County

Wasden House Brooks County GA Mossy Oaks Farmland Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This house is to me one of the great rural landmarks of South Georgia, due not only to its imposing stature but its pastoral setting behind mossy oaks. I never knew anything about it until recent correspondence (October 2017) with Alysssa McManus, a Florida architectural historian who has been as fascinated by it as I have. Some mysteries about people connected to the house have arisen.

Brooks County GA Historic Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I’m removing earlier points made about the house until I can clarify its history.

Wasden House Brooks County GA Endangered Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Historic Farmhouse Wasden Strange Brooks County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Wasden House Brooks County GA Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Thanks to Marian Phillips and Michael Williams for sharing photographs and inspiring me to find this place.

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13 responses to “Wasden House, Brooks County

  1. Paul Petersen

    Thanks for putting together this interesting history on the house. Lee and Jamie Branch are my great-grandparents. Their daughter Lalla Branch (Kirkpatrick) is my maternal grandmother. Years ago I visited Quitman to see the house where the murder occurred (402 North Court Street), and I did some research and found newspaper articles about the murder on micro-fiche.

    BrooksCountyNative, I would love to know any details of the scandal that weren’t published in the Quitman paper. The story from my grandmother was that Livingston was ‘manic-depressive’ or now bi-polar, and had voluntarily decided to enter an asylum. The murder rocked the community as Lee Branch was the former President of the Georgia State Bar Association (1926) and a highly respected public figure. When the news of his death reached Washington DC, the US House of Representatives had a moment of silence in his honor. My grandmother was devastated. She later visited Livingston in the Asylum, sometime in the mid-1960’s. Russell could not visit his brother, he was too distraught.

    According to my family, Russell Snow (Bubber as he was known) was an architect, not a lawyer. However, he may have had business dealings with Lee Branch. If someone has a source for Russell being a lawyer, I would love to see it. Russell was present when Livingston shot Lee and Jamie, and was about to be shot himself. However the gun jammed, and Russell tackled Livingston and held him until the authorities arrived. Also, regarding Ashville, Jamie had tuberculosis, and the common treatment was to send patients to the mountains for fresh air. My family and I were just perusing photographs of Jamie, Lee, and my grandmother in the Ashville mountains. It may be that Jamie had connections in Ashville from her treatment stay.

    I would also love to know where the house photographed above is currently. Just for the family history, and perhaps a drive by one day.

    • Paul Petersen

      Correction from my previous post. Russell was a lawyer, there was another member of his family (a cousin I think), who was the architect.

  2. Brookscountynative

    Didn’t even come close to getting all of the “real” story behind this house. There is WAY more of a scandal here that wasn’t even reported on. If only the walls could talk.

  3. Here’s what the house looked like before they started prepping it for relocation. Sadly they just left it sitting there like the above pcitures for many years

    https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22780163_10214455107521620_5669162859252675808_n.jpg?oh=21b00c5532d2c5efc3ecbb085a250555&oe=5AD32659

  4. Laurie Bass

    Quitman, Brooks Co GA is my hometown. I drove by this house today and as I do every time I see it, thought what a beautiful home this had to have been and still could be. Several years ago, someone told me it is still owned by the Wasden family.

  5. Alyssa McManus

    I came upon it about 2 weeks ago and just stood there, agog. Magnificent. Even if it is in a ruinous state, it is still amazing!

  6. Christy Carter

    Hi, I love your pictures and the work your doing. I have seen this house in pictures and would LOVE to see it in person. I live in North Florida and love my roots of South Georgia. Traveling the back roads is one of my favorite past times. Would you mind sharing the road name? Also I came upon a lovely picture of it with its porches if you’d like for me to share it with you I’d be happy to.

  7. Bryan Shaw

    Please, someone take this home as a restoration project. I hate seeing huge amounts of money being spent on new homes when homes like this are a southern treasure.

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