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Wisenbaker-Roberts House, 1845, Valdosta

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Better known today as the Wisenbaker-Wells-Roberts House, or more commonly the Roberts House, this grand Victorian was nearly lost to fire in 2011. But thanks to an expert restoration led by the Valdosta Heritage Foundation, it rose from the ashes.

In 1840, twenty years before Valdosta’s establishment, William E. Wisenbaker settled in Lowndes County and built this house. It was a country home then, but when a railroad first came to the area in the late 1850s and bypassed the nearby county seat of Troupville, a decision was made to move the county seat to be near the rail line. In 1859, Wisenbaker sold 125 acres to the Lowndes County Commission that would become the city of Valdosta in 1860.

In 1863, Wisenbaker sold the house to J. W. Wells, an early Valdosta mayor. In 1891, John Taylor Roberts, purchased the home. He was a long-serving mayor of the city, as well. His family lived here for over a century and in the 1990s, his descendants donated the property to the Heritage Foundation.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Sam Myddleton House, Circa 1850, Valdosta

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This vernacular cottage is believed to have been moved to its present location from nearby Troupville in the early 1850s. It was bought by Sam Myddelton in 1852 and was known as “Sam’s Place” throughout most of its history.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. W. F. Monroe House, 1896, Valdosta

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Dr. W. F. Monroe owned the first pharmacy in Valdosta and was the creator of the famous “666 Tonic”.  He commissioned Valdosta architect Stephen F. Fulghum (1857-1928) to design this landmark Queen Anne, which is the crown jewel of the Fairview neighborhood and the finest surviving Victorian in Valdosta. Fulghum, who was Valdosta’s most sough-after architect in the 1890s, built several houses in the Fairview neighborhood. David & Marty Sutton bought the home in 1979 and began restoration. That process has been continued by its present owners, Thomas & Dixie Lee Haller, who purchased it in 2008.

George (The Bear) Smith writes: I actually rented an apartment in that house in 1976 while I was in the Air Force stationed at Moody AFB,  from Doug Ricks who was the owner at the time. He sold the house to a fellow from Florida and I moved across the street to the Pardee House at 418 River St. and rented from Nell Myddleton. I had a lot of good times living in that neighborhood and I was one of the people that had an encounter with the ghost of W>F. Monroe. There were about 3 other people who lived there that encountered an apparition. I lived in the neighborhood for about 3 years and then moved back to PA where I am originally from. I recently moved to Florida and plan to someday return for a day to see the old hood.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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R. T. Myddelton House, 1895, Valdosta

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This is presently the Fairview Inn, a bed and breakfast operated by Irvin & Linda Green.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Abial Winn House, 1917, Valdosta

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Designed by Lloyd B. Greer for Abial Winn, this beautiful example of Prairie Style architecture was restored in 1977 by Dr. & Mrs. Charles Wilson as the first such restoration in the Fairview neighborhood. Since 1980, it has been owned by Dr. & Mrs. Harry Hamm.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dasher House, Circa 1899, Valdosta

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Purchased from J. A. Dasher, Sr., by Susan I. Dasher in 1901, this is one of the “Five Sisters” houses built by J. A. Dasher at the turn of the last century, all featuring remarkably similar architecture. Presumably, it’s the only one of the “Five Sisters” remaining.

Fairview Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Wild Turkey Decoy, Withlacoochee River

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Vallotton’s Dairy, Valdosta

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This landmark on Bemiss Road remains, but more of the letters have fallen off the sign as of 2016. The property was originally known as the Biles Farm, beginning in the 1880s, and was purchased by the Vallotton family in the 1940s to accommodate their growing dairy operation. The original Biles farmhouse was occupied by the dairy foreman for many years. This barn was built in the 1940s, as I understand it, and the dairy was in operation until 1990. Hugh Vallotton, son of dairy founder Joseph Edward Vallotton, managed the farm until his death in 1979 and his nephew, Robert Vallotton, took over and remained at the helm until retiring in 1990.

 

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Dosta Theatre, 1941, Valdosta

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This old Martin theatre currently serves as the Dosta Playhouse, home of Theatre Guild Valdosta.

Valdosta Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Boiled Peanut Vendor, Valdosta

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I wish I’d been able to get a better photograph of this man, who could often be found selling boiled peanuts, grapes and watermelons in a parking lot near the courthouse in downtown Valdosta. He was always smiling and waved when you passed by his truck.

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