These Queen Anne style Folk Victorians always catch my eye when I’m in Wrightsville. Finding this many located near each other is quite unusual and therefore notable. It certainly invites further study. They were likely all built by the same builder.
The houses are in varying states of repair; the one seen below is the least modified. Another such house, which I didn’t photograph, has been updated with vinyl siding.
Thanks to Deborah Brantley for the identification. Guy Singletary also notes that it closed about four years ago and that some of the members now attend Wrightsville United Methodist Church. Many thanks to David Frey, whose wife Deanne once attended this church, for the following interior shots he made in 2012.
J. G. Jackson notes that this was the business office of the Wrightsville Lumber Company.
Mr. Jackson also notes that the pumps were used to fill the operators’ trucks and not for use by the general public. In researching the pumps, I ran into a bit of difficulty regarding the one seen below. There are numerous references to Shell’s earlier Diesoline brand, but I could find nothing about Dieseline. It was probably Shell’s attempt at reviving an earlier brand.
Wrightsville is a wonderful little town which has a real interest in preserving its history. The courthouse was restored by the WPA between 1938-40, and again by the county in 1996. Luckily, attempts to demolish it in the 1970s were met with great protest by the people of Wrightsville and Johnson County. An interesting aside: it was the first of nearly 25 courthouses built by Georgia’s most prolific courthouse architect, J. W. Golucke.
National Register of Historic Places
If you’re in Wrightsville around lunchtime, stop here for a great old-fashioned meal. It has a wonderful view of the courthouse and surrounding square. I had fried chicken, turnip greens, fresh creamed corn, and hoe cakes. The sweet tea was perfect, too.
This is one of the nicest remaining unrestored Coca-Cola murals I’ve found.
When I’ve photographed in Wrightsville, the downtown area is always busy. No Walmart in sight.
This Queen Anne was built for Bank of Wrightsville president R. L. Kent by W. C. Chester, Sr. The home was restored in the 1980s by Reverend Ernest Veal. Marcie Dickerson writes: Visited this home many times growing up, beautiful inside and out. Pastor Veal, was the minister of the Wrightsville Charge for many years. I was baptized and married by him. Our youth group (Maple Springs Methodist Church) were frequently their guest on Sunday afternoons for refreshments and social activities. Many, many, antiques and oddities inside the home, including a Victrola that supplied entertainment for all.
This is my favorite house in Wrightsville. It gives me hope that the Marcus Street neighborhood in which it’s located will someday get much deserved inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
Access the Wrightsville and Johnson County walking tour guide if you’re visiting the area.
UPDATE: A preservationist contacted me recently (November 2017) to let me know this house had been torn down. I passed through Wrightsville soon after and saw it myself, a pile of boards. This is a real loss for Wrightsville.
This is thought to be the oldest house in Wrightsville. My guess is that it likely dates to the late 1880s or early 1890s. Partially destroyed by fire in 2000, it remains in stable condition.