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Rose Hill, 1852, Milledgeville

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The first home built on this site was the country seat of Milledgeville merchant Richard J. Nichols. It was named Rose Hill for its abundance of Cherokee Roses. Nichols died in 1849 and in January 1851, Daniel R. Tucker purchased the estate. In February, the house was destroyed by fire. Tucker built the present house in 1852. After his death in 1879, the property passed through several hands and was home to the Hollinshed family until 1928. Reginald R. Hatcher purchased it thereafter and renamed the house Lockerley, after an ancestral home of Mrs. Hatcher’s family in Hampshire, England. In 1963, Edward J. Grassmann bought the house. Today, it’s the centerpiece of an event and green space known as Lockerly Arboretum. I spent much time wandering these grounds during my college days. For information about tours and hours, visit their website.

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Oconee River at Milledgeville

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The Oconee River Greenway near downtown Milledgeville is a great place to enjoy nature.

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Gilmore’s, Baldwin County

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The only readable name on the signs on this building is Gilmore’s, but they also suggest that this was once a dining room of sorts, serving chicken, catfish, steak and shrimp.

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O’Quinn’s Mill, Circa 1807, Baldwin County

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Little information is available about this historic grist mill located on Town Creek at the Baldwin/Hancock County line. A sign notes that it was established in 1807 by Colonel Thaddeus Holt (misspelled Thaddus on an identifying sign on the property), and I believe the present structure likely dates to that time. A Baldwin County deed book records his sale of 2000 acres on Town Creek on the first Tuesday in May 1812 and this grist mill was included in the sale. Colonel Holt, who was married to Martha Goode, owned numerous slaves, grist and saw mills, a ferry, and even a toll bridge. He served on the Georgia General Assembly in 1809, was a captain in the Georgia Militia, and a lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812. He was known to be quite feisty, having participated in several duels in his lifetime. On 10 October 1813 he was ambushed and shot by John “Whiskey” Jones and died on 14 October from his wounds. A Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser notice of the event follows but the paper’s confidence in Colonel Holt’s ability to recover proved unfounded: On Thursday last, Thaddeus Holt was shot through the body, (supposed with a rifle bullet) which entered below the breast bone and came out just under the right shoulder blade. He received the wound in Oconee Swamp on the way to his lower plantation by John Jones, (Whiskey.) It is worthy of remark, that early in Col. Holt’s life, he fought a man, both armed with knives, in which affair both were badly cut to pieces. In Kentucky, in a duel, he wounded through the leg; and directly after in many Indian skirmishes. Afterwards he was shot through the neck; and in the year ’95 had his mouth shot to pieces in a duel – all of which he survived, and lives to agonize his present wound, from which it is probable he will recover, being the 4th day since it was received. Colonel Holt was the grandfather of Captain Thaddeus Goode Holt, Jr, a well-known Confederate cavalryman and the great-great-grandfather of tobacco heiress Doris Duke.

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Please note that this is located on private property and there is no public access other than the right of way.

 

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Crisp Coed Hunting Club, Meriwether

Meriwether GA Baldwin County Crisp Coed Outdoorsmen Hunting Club Clubhouse Budweiser Sign Toyota Truck Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Meriwether is right in the middle of some of Georgia’s best hunting land.

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Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, Circa 1825, Milledgeville

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Built on North Wilkinson Street for George T. Brown by John Marlor, this structure first served as the U.S. Hotel and then the Beecher-Brown Hotel. Daniel B. Stetson bought the house in 1857.  His daughter Elizabeth was married to Judge Daniel B. Sanford, Clerk of the Secession Convention.  During the 1950s and 1960s it served as the Sanford House Tea Room. The family donated it to the Old Capital Historical Society who moved it to West Hancock Street in 1966. It’s open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Milledgeville Trolley Tours and is available for events. Admission is charged.

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Orme-Sallee House, Circa 1822, Milledgeville

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Attributed to Daniel Pratt, this iconic home is perhaps the best example of the Milledgeville Federal Style. Though built by John Williams, it has come to be known as the Orme-Sallee House. Richard McAlister Orme was a land and slave owner and editor of Milledgeville’s Southern Recorder. Though initially opposed to secession, Orme became an ardent supporter upon his sons’ entrance into the war. During the Sherman’s March to the Sea, Mrs. Orme, who was from Massachusetts, hid her Confederate son-in-law in the attic of this house during its occupation by Union forces.

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Double chimneys on both sides of the house and attic fanlight are nice features. The south side fanlight, seen below, has been lost to a modern replacement.

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The front door, with ornamental fanlight and sidelights, is my favorite feature.

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Williams Orme Sallee House Front Door Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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