This wonderful vernacular house features a half-fieldstone chimney, fieldstone piers, shed room and detached kitchen.
Thanks to James Woodall for the identification.
This was the home of Thomas Wilson Long (15 September 1784-21 July 1861), who came to Georgia from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was the uncle of medical pioneer Crawford W. Long and is buried nearby in the New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery. I will update information on subsequent owners as I learn more. The 1854 date is probably incorrect; some have suggested 1830s is more likely.
The house is surrounded by pristine farmland on one of the most beautiful backroads in the area.
The Dennis community which grew up around this historic gristmill was one of the earliest settlements in this section of Northwest Georgia. It was named for Dennis Johnson, who was an early mill operator and postmaster. One of the grindstones indicates that it may have been originally known as Cohutta Mills but this is unclear. Electrified in the 1940s, the mill operated on a limited basis until the 1950s. The original structure survives and is the centerpiece of a property that today includes two wonderful rental cabins on the banks of Rock Creek, known as Dennis Mill Cabins and Events.
Devereux was planned as a suburb of Sparta though it never materialized in the way its planners had hoped. This was likely the main business in town, located across from the railroad tracks. Sandra Clarke writes: Devereux used to be a pretty thriving small village. There was a very large store, two meat markets, a bank, and two more stores past the large store with the one you pictured, the last and probably the smallest. When I was growing up my daddy, Ivy Coleman worked in the large store with his cousin, Joe Coleman, and Mr. Bill Armour. It was called J. M. Moate Co. and Mr. Moate I never knew, but his wife I did know. She lived to be 104 and lived in the two-story house at the triangle intersection before you get to where the stores used to be. There was also a large stone building across the street near the railroad tracks that was a warehouse for cotton maybe. It was not in use while I was growing up and was torn down about 15 years ago. There was also a post office, depot, and cotton gin. Trains used to stop in Devereux and there was a large settlement of houses on past the store you pictured where railroad folks lived.