Category Archives: Milledgeville GA

Rose Hill, 1852, Milledgeville

milledgeville ga rose hill photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

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.

oconee river sunrise milledgeville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, Circa 1825, Milledgeville

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Brown Stetson Sanford House Architect John Marlor Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Landmark Antebellum House Williams Orme Salle Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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.

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Williams Orme Sallee House Antebellum Double Chimneys Fanlight Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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.

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Landmark Milledgeville Federal House Williams Orme Salle Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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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The Homestead, 1818, Milledgeville

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County The Homestead Landmark Antebellum House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Built for Peter J. Williams, the Homestead was owned for many generations by his descendants, including his great-granddaughters “Miss Sue” Jones, Mrs. David Ferguson, and Betty Ferguson. Frances Lewis is also listed by architectural historian John Linley as an owner of this grand home.

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County The Homestead Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

In The Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area, John Linley shares some fascinating anecdotes about the Homestead.

It…has a ghost, who appears as a little old lady dressed in brown and usually seen in the garden about dusk. She…has followed the family from Wales to New England, and thence to Georgia. She also attends to her ghostly duties, though in a rather lackadaisical way. She has been known to appear to members of the family just before they died, or before there were deaths in the family. Mostly, however, she just putters about the garden.

But please don’t come here looking for the ghost or for an invitation into the garden. Be respectful that the house is private property.

“The Homestead may well be the first house in America to utilize a narrow colossal-type portico with only two columns. Though never widely used, the style became so popular in the Milledgeville area that it is frequently referred to as the Milledgeville-Federal type of architecture.”

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County The Homestead Kitchen Cook House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Adjacent to the Homestead is this structure, the brick lower floor of which was originally the kitchen for the estate. It’s likely contemporary to the 1818 date of the main house. The second floor was a later addition which I assume may have housed servants.

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County The Homestead Cook House Kitchen Later Remodeled for Use as a House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Place

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Bearden-Montgomery House, 1899, Milledgeville

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Bearden Montgomery House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Kenan-Bell House, Circa 1820, Milledgeville

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Kenan Bell Humbert Scarboro House Antebellum Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The Humbert and Scarboro families were later owners of this house.

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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