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James Bell Smith House, Circa 1856, Bellville

In Houses of Heart Pine: A Survey of the Antebellum Architecture of Evans CountyGeorgia (3rd printing, 2014), Pharris DeLoach Johnson notes that this house*, one of the oldest in the county, originated  circa 1856 as a single pen log structure joined by full-dovetail notches. It was later expanded to the Plantation Plain style it now exhibits (probably within a decade of its original construction) and weatherboards were added. The house was lowered slightly during a later renovation which was necessitated by replacement of the original chimneys. The roof and windows were also replaced but the original log walls and interior architectural features remain strongly intact.

James Bell Smith (1823-1891), whose mother Fannie Bell was the namesake of Bellville, purchased this property from Benjamin Brewton in 1851. His family came to Georgia from North Carolina after the Revolutionary War, settling in the 1820s in the section of Tattnall County that later became Evans County.  Upon his death in 1891, the house was inherited by his son, Pulaski Sikes Smith. When Sikes died in 1894, his widow Mary Eliza Tippins Smith continued to reside in the house. Later, Sikes’s daughter Helen Daniel acquired the undivided land holdings of her siblings, including the house. Helen sold the house and surrounding land to her son Walter Emmett Daniel in 1954, and they own the property to this day. It is presently used as a guest house.

*-also known as the Smith-Daniel House

 

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Folk Victorian Farmhouse, Circa 1890, Evans County

The gables feature an interesting shake/shingle pattern.

 

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Vernacular Farmhouse, Evans County

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Mitchell J. Green Plantation, 1878, Evans County

Intact historic farms survive only through the care of generations of families; the Mitchell J. Green plantation in Evans County is an excellent example. In 1868, after service in the Confederacy, Mr. Green built a log cabin  on the property and commenced farming. The thriving operation became the center of a small community known as Green and had its own post office from 1882-1904. Mr. Green served as postmaster. A Plantation Plain farmhouse with Victorian accents, built in 1878, anchors the property. Numerous dependencies remain.

Commissaries are iconic components of Georgia’s plantations and many remained in use on larger farms until World War II. The Green Commissary appears to be in excellent condition; the shed protrusion is likely a later addition.

The stock/hay barn is the largest outbuilding on the property.

National Register of Historic Places

 

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Roberts-Scott House, Circa 1910, Claxton

This home was built by Gilliard Roberts, an early African-American entrepreneur who had businesses in Savannah and Claxton. It was later owned by Walter & Mattie Scott, Julius Caesar Banks, and served as a boarding house and apartment house for teachers.

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Clara Varnedoe House, Claxton

Built by Aaron Strickland, this late Queen Anne cottage is the oldest house in Claxton. I’m unable to confirm a date, but it likely dates to the late 1890s or early 1900s. “Miss Clara” Varnedoe,  who served as Evans County School Superintendent from 1929-1940, lived here for many years.

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B. B. Edwards House, 1919, Claxton

Yet another of the “Collins Row” homes, this was built by  Joe Hendrix for B. B. & Myrtie Collins Edwards and was owned by her descendants for several generations.

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Manse Tippins House, Circa 1902, Claxton

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W. L. Newton House, 1923, Claxton

One of the “Collins Row” houses, this Craftsman bungalow was built for W. L. Newton and his wife, Ada Collins Newton.

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Collins House, 1892, Claxton

Built for a Mr. Carr in 1892, this Queen Anne house was purchased by the Collins family in 1894. As each of the Collins children grew up, they were given a lot on the block. The neighborhood was known as “Collins Row” and was ruled by Maggie Collins, who was lovingly known as “Big Chief”.

Source: Evans County Centennial Commission, Driving Tour of Historic Homes & Landmarks, Claxton, 2014.

 

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