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Washington Wholesale Grocer, 1905

Though it may have been associated with other businesses over the years, I’m guessing this is best remembered by the company whose name is on this ghost mural, Washington Wholesale Grocer.

Washington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Commercial Row, Circa 1910, Washington

This commercial row on Depot Street is a great example of turn-of-the-century retail architecture and appears to have been abandoned for many years.

Washington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Barrows House Hotel, 1898, Washington

This unusual structure was built by Edward F. Barrows in 1898 and opened as the Barrows House Hotel in 1898. It may have been known as the Hotel Cofer in the 1920s. I’ve not been able to locate anything about its history otherwise.

Washington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. Willie Hill House, 1903, Washington

East Robert Toombs Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Rider House, 1885, Washington

This whimsical Queen Anne cottage is presently home to the Washington News-Reporter.

 

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Old Wilkes County Jail, 1891, Washington

This Romanesque Revival jail, architecturally unique in Georgia, was used until 1911 and was abandoned for a time, later being subdivided into apartments. It was designed and built by McDonald Brothers Jail Building Company of Louisville, Kentucky. The jail cells have long been removed and the privately owned structure is presently for sale..

National Register of Historic Places

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The Cedars, 1793, 1803 & 1883, Washington

The appearance of this landmark, one of the most iconic houses in Washington, has been altered considerably since the original section was completed by Anthony Poullain circa 1793. It was purchased in 1803 by Savannah merchant John Bolton, who significantly enlarged it for use as a summer retreat. Robert Sims added the Victorian details responsible for its present appearance in 1883. It is currently for sale and was recently listed by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as a Place in Peril.

National Register of Historic Places

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Colley-Barksdale-Thomas House, Circa 1838, Washington

Built by Francis Colley for his son, Henry F. Colley and his wife Isabella Harris Colley, this home stayed in the same family until 2005. Captain Henry F. Colley was killed in action in the Civil War in 1862.

East Robert Toombs Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Tarver-Webster-Wickersham House, Circa 1820, Wasington

Also known as the Tarver-Maynard House, this has most recently served as a bed and breakfast inn. It was once a dormitory for a Female Seminary and housed some of the students at Washington Academy, including future Confederate vice president and Georgia governor Alexander Hamilton Stephens.

East Robert Toombs Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Castle, Circa 1820, Washington

I’m unsure who built this house, but it was purchased in 1851 by Isaiah Tucker Irvin, a member of the State House of Representatives. He died in 1860 off the coast of Galveston, Texas, when a ship he was traveling on exploded. The Wilkes Guard, which he commanded, changed its name to the Irvin Guards in his memory. The home was purchased by Oliver S. Dyson, founder of Wilkes Telephone Company, in 1934, and has been associated with the family for many years.

East Robert Toombs Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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