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Brown House, Circa 1851, Sandersville

Sandersville GA Historic Brown House General Sherman Stayed Here on March to Sea Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

On his infamous March to the Sea, General William Tecumseh Sherman headquartered in this house on 26 November 1864. Built by Nathan Haynes, the house has had many owners, William Gainer Brown most notable among them. Commanding a high ridge overlooking the beautiful North Harris Street neighborhood it’s quite imposing from any angle and was known for a time as Woodland Terrace. Today, it’s home to the Washington County Historical Society and is open to the public as the Brown House Museum.

Sandersville GA Historic Brown House Museum Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

North Harris Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Brantley-Haygood House, 1850s & 1899, Sandersville

Sandersville GA Historic Harris Street Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

From The Rambler, May-June 2001, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation: Dr. Solomon Brantley, a physician who served in the Civil War from 1861-1865, and his wife Mary originally built the plantation plain house with little ornamentation. Architect Charles E. Choate added the Victorian detailing in 1899, when he was hired by a later owner to remodel the house. Story has it that Mary Brantley was among the women in Sandersville who begged Sherman not to burn down the town, and he rescinded his order to burn the houses. The house was passed down through several owners before the Haygood family bought it in 1953. The house is now being used as apartments…The house was originally built on piers, which were later filled in with concrete block.

North Harris Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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The Cedars, Circa 1864, Jefferson County

The Cedars Antebellum House Jefferson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This grand country home is surrounded by ancient cedar trees, many of which are showing their age and the scars of wind and weather. Samuel Bennett Tarver, father of Charlotte Tarver and Judge Andrew Eldred Tarver owned a grist mill on the property which is now Lewis’s Lake and where The Cedars is located.  Charlotte got the property as a wedding gift when she married William Gainer Salter. The house was built between 1863-64 but apparently not completed until the 1890s. Sherman’s men went past the house, which was still under construction and it was not burned but it has been said that slaves were freed, decimating the work force necessary for the construction to be completed. I’m using the 1864 date for its significance in relation to the Civil War and the family’s history. It has been in the Salter family for many years. PLEASE NOTE that this is private property and is not for sale. Due to vandalism and looting in the past, the property is monitored. I have shared this with the owner’s permission. Below is an illustration from the 7 January 1865 Harpers Weekly.

Tarvers Mill Georgia Illustrated in Harpers Weekly 1865 Image in Public Domain

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