Bowen-Studstill House, Dodge County

This house has always been a landmark of my travels on the old River Road, dating back to going with my great-grandmother to visit all her relatives in Eastman. I made the photograph in 2010. Mark Studstill writes: The home is still standing. It now belongs to the Studstill family who’s grandmother was Mr. Enoch Bowen’s (owner/builder) daughter. We are very proud to have the opportunity to have this home along with the heritage and history that goes along with it. Can still remember the stories our dad told about living in and hanging out around this old house. He could even remember the names of dogs that slept in the open hall.

 

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13 responses to “Bowen-Studstill House, Dodge County

  1. RUSSELL STUDSTILL

    I’m pretty sure the Studstill house here belonged to some of my descendants. I’ll have to look back at some of my paperwork my dad and uncle found while doing a family tree before he passed away. I found an interesting story about two Studstill’s who were my great uncles ,Manny and John Studstill who lived in this area of Georgia. It seems the two were waiting for another fellow to drive some cows across a small creek so they could get together for supper. John had bought a new rifle and half joking around Manny said “I bet you can’t hit him from way up here”. With that being so far away John took the challenge without a second thought and threw up and fired. To the two boy’s horror they watched as the young man fell of his horse. They tore down there and the boy later died. Knoing they would hang the Studstill’s made up a lie. They stuck a stick in the small hole in the fellows head and told everyone he had fallen off his horse and the stick went into his head killing him. Well this worked for quite awhile until the mans father who had retrieved his hat from the creek was looking at it and saw the hole from the rifle in it. Under intense questioning the two finally fessed up to what actually happened. John Studstill who owned the gun was sent to jail for several years and Manny with the bright idea did no time at all. TRUE STORY. If anyone cares to do a google search there is more to the story. There is also much to be learned from being a Studstill .

  2. James Himes

    where is this house actually located? I know it’s on “old river road” but i have a life long friend with the same last name that lives in the Warner Robins / Byron area that may be a direct decendant of the studstills , would like to maybe help her piece it together as she wasn’t aware of this until seeinig this article

  3. Mark G Studstill

    The home is still standing. It now belongs to the Studstill family who’s grandmother was Mr. Enoch Bowen’s (owner/builder) daughter. We are very proud to have the opportunity to have this home along with the heritage and history that goes along with it. Can still remember the stories our dad told about living in and hanging out around this old house. He could even remember the names of dogs that slept in the open hall.

    • Thanks for the history, Mark.

      • Kathy Dixon Moore

        Mark,
        I have a drawing of this house if you are interested in it. I’ve known your family forever but food not know this was a family home. You can PM thru Facebook if you are interested in the drawing.

    • Wanda Dopson

      Thank you Mark Studstill for the update. I did get by there and saw that it was still standing, but I didn’t have my camera. It still looks about as good as this picture shown, the best I remember. Enjoyed your history on this beautiful piece of the past.

    • Hi Mark, there were other homes from the Bowen family that may still be standing. I am the grandson of John A. Bowen and Flossie Cook Bowen. And son of J.W. Bowen and Joyce Jones Bowen. I remember as a young child visiting in various homes in the area.
      James M. Bowen (Jimmy)

  4. Wendell Theus

    HI BRIAN, NOW THIS PHOTO WOULD APTLY SHOW ANY FOREIGNER (NORTHERN) PERSON WHAT A FAT LIGHTER HOUSE LOOKED AND LOOKS IN THEIR TIME. THESE TYPE HOUSES WERE SEEN EXTENSIVELY IN SOUTH GA. AS WELL AS MANY PLACES IN GA. THIS WOOD WAS VERY DURABLE, ALMOST INSECT PROOF ( TERMITES-ETC.) THE MAIN DRAWBACK WAS IF EVER CAUGHT ON FIRE- VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT OUT!!! I HAVE PERSONALLY SAW 3 OF THESE TYPE HOUSES BURN TO THE GROUND IN A FEW MINUTES TIME. THE HEAT WAS SO INTENSE THAT IT BLISTERED THE PAINT IN SMALL SPOTS ON MY PARKED VEHICLE PROBABLY 200 FT. AWAY!!!
    EXCELLENT PHOTO’S AS ALWAYS. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK-( DID I SAY WORK!!!). JUST KIDDING BRIAN.
    REGARDS
    WENDELL

  5. David Cloud

    i AM GLAD YOU POST THE PICTURES OF THE PAST. I ENJOY SEEING THEM. IT GIVES MY WIFE AND ME THE CHANCE TO SEE GEORGIA’S PAST

  6. wfydopson.1953@yahoo.com

    I have passed this house many times. I will get out there and send you a picture of what it looks like today, if it is still standing. Thank you for all your interesting subjects. I’m loving everything you post.

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