Tag Archives: South Georgia Farmhouses

Georgian Cottage, Circa 1870s, Dodge County

This house once anchored a farm on the edge of Eastman. It’s in the Georgian Cottage style and typical of middle class farms that began to prosper in the years following the Civil War. While it has not been identified or dated as yet, its architecture indicates it was likely built in the decade following the war.

The ruins of a tobacco barn on the driveway leading to the main house, as well as a tenant houses at the end of a row of pecan trees, indicate that this was an active farm well into the 20th century. It appears to have been abandoned for many years and is located on private property. I’m lucky to have been given the opportunity to document it and am grateful to the owner for granting permission facilitated by David Bray. David was a great host in showing the property, which ultimately the owner would like to see moved and saved. Unfortunately, it may be too far gone.

The wraparound porch is thought to be a later addition.

It features hand-carved porch posts that give it a bit of a Folk Victorian appearance.

The four interior rooms have been “updated” but still retain wainscot chair rails and what are thought to be the original mantels. The mantels reflect a middle class owner, who used spindles to add ornamentation.

The rear of the house is a mirror image of the front.

I hope the house can be moved and saved, but it would need to happen soon. The owner will give it to someone who will move it; if you know someone with a serious interest, please contact me.

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Filed under --DODGE COUNTY GA--, Eastman GA

Jay Gould Williamson House, Circa 1915, Dodge County

Jay Gould Williamson was the nephew and adopted son of A. G. Williamson, one of the leading businessmen of early Eastman. He is the child depicted on the iconic marble mausoleum in the nearby Orphans Cemetery. Mr. Williamson spent his formative years in Dodge County but later moved to St. Simons Island. The house is presently owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Burch, who has done a wonderful job of maintaining and preserving it.

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Georgian Cottage, Tattnall County

This farmhouse near Mendes likely dates to the late 19th century. I believe it may be associated with the Durrance family who are quite prolific in the area.

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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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Dogtrot House, Jefferson County

This house is remarkably well-preserved, though the open hall is now used for storage.


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Folk Victorian Farmhouse, Sumter County

There are two ghost towns in Georgia named Pennington. One is in Morgan County, near Madison, and the other is here in Sumter County, just a mile or two from Andersonville. A large plantation was once located here but it has long since vanished.

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Vernacular Farmhouse, Schley County


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