One of my favorite things to do in Georgia is just ride around historical towns and view the old, grand houses. It truly makes you wonder what these houses would say if they could talk. I mean, some of these homes are over a century old and have survived (or been revived) through a civil war, seen several generations of families, and many have been turned into museums. These homes listed here are particularly fascinating. Here are 11 unique homes in Georgia that will make you look twice and want to go in:
1) A House in Newnan, GA
This beautiful house in Newnan is an antique and a treasure to see. The architecture is unknown but it is a wonderful old house! It makes the observer just wonder what is inside!
2) Girl Scout House in Savannah, GA
The Girl Scout House is as interesting as it looks. This house is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in the U.S. This national historic landmark is visited by Girl Scouts from all over who come to experience what life was like for Juliette. It now serves as a historic museum and program center.
3) Andrew Low House in Savannah
This home belonged to Girl Scout founder Juliette's father-in-law, Andrew Low. This home was designed with the latest technology and luxury in 1848. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of American in the State of Georgia purchased the house in the 1920s. Since the 1950s, it has been open to the public for view.
4) Owens-Thomas House in Savannah
The beautiful and historic homes in Savannah are just never-ending! The Owens-Thomas house is one of the finest pieces of English Regency architecture in North America. It can be seen as it is now; a historic museum operated by Telfair Museums.
5) Mercer House in Savannah, GA
This historic home was completed in 1868 by owner John Wilder. It was restored in 1969 by one of Savannah's earliest restorationists, Jim Williams. This home has a dark history. It has seen three deaths-- one was the shooting of Jim Williams' assistant as retold in the 1994 novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The other two were of a previous owner who slipped and fell into a concussion, dying days later; and of a little boy chasing pigeons over a roof impaling himself on the iron fence below. Creepy stuff!
6) Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson (419 Seventh Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901)
Take a trip back in time to the 19th century with this house. Here is the boyhood home of the 28th president of the US. He grew up in this Georgia home during the Civil War and the Reconstruction period. Tours are held every Thursday through Sunday.
7) Hay House in Macon
Definitely one of the most fascinating and astonishing pieces of architecture in Georgia, the Hay House has been a symbol of gracious living in the south. William Butler Johnson was inspired by the Italian archectecture he saw with his bride on their extended European honeymoon. They decided to come back home and build an Italian Renaissance Revival Mansion right in Macon. This palace of the south can be seen through a self-guided tour and it's also available for special events.
8) Hills and Dales Estate (1916 Hills and Dales Dr, LaGrange, GA 30240)
This beautiful home, set on 35 acres of land, was originally built for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway and his wife. They have an amazing garden that is also a popular tourist attraction! Come tour this historic house and the Ferrell Gardens when they are in bloom!
9) Plum Orchard Mansion
This amazing mansion was built in 1898 and is an astonishing 20,000 sq. ft! This Georgian Revival mansion was built by Lucy Carnegie for her son and daughter-in-law. It is also open for free tours, so make sure to stop by when you are on Cumberland Island!
10) Little White House in Warm Springs, GA
This was FDR's favorite place to be, due to the warm springs nearby and their medicinal properties. This is actually the death place of the late president. It was turned into a museum in the late 1950s.
11) The Wrens Nest
Also known as Joel Chandler Harris House or Snap Bean Farm, The Wren's Nest is the oldest house museum in Atlanta. It was the home of popular folklore story teller Joel Chandler Harris. Harris recreated the oral stories of Brer Rabbit in print in the late 19th-century and early 20th-century. This tradition of oral story telling is recreated every Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Wrens Nest.
Most of these homes are now museums. Have you ever been to any of them? What about any other homes that are as historical and grand? Let us know about any not listed here!