1820 Greek Revival – Oxford, GA

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Added to OHD on 10/4/10   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   6 Comments

1008 Emory St, Oxford, GA

  • $190,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4364 Sq Ft
  • 1.6 Ac.
Known as Orna Villa or the Alexander Means House and is on the National Register; it features 8 fireplaces, heart of pine floors, original hardware and light fixtures, wood trim. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War and even has a bullet hole in the stair banister near the second step of the stairway. Alexander Means was co-founder of the city of Oxford and Emory College, the original home of Emory University.
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6 Comments on 1820 Greek Revival – Oxford, GA

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  1. Bonnie says: 2 comments

    I can only wish that I had found your website earlier! My great-great grandmother was Alexander Mean’s granddaughter and she was married at Orna Villa. I have known about the house for years and have tried to keep up with it. I did not know that it was for sale. My husband and I are currently empty-nesters and have been looking to make a change. I look at real estate in Georgia on a daily basis. Imagine my surprise when I saw this! Unfortunately, I spoke with the realtor last week and it has sold. It sold for $190,000 if you can believe it. The realtor has promised to notify me if it ever comes on the market again. Thanks for sharing about this amazing house. I would love the opportunity to restore it.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1106 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Hi Bonnie! I think it’s awesome when someone is able to find out where their ancestors once lived. The new owners sure got a heck of a deal with this house, it’s just beautiful! I hope they are planning on restoring it but if not, maybe it’ll come up for sale again and you can grab it one day. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  2. David says: 1 comments

    I was in the house in the 1960’s when a friend of my mother’s owned the house, John Rudesal. I recently came across an article on the house with some pictures from an old saved newspaper , the old Atlanta Times. I would be glad to give the new owners the old paper if they wanted it.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1106 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Cool! Yeah, keep the clipping, if the new owners ever find this post, I hope they leave a comment, they might like to see it.


  3. My name is Lisa Dorward and I am the new owner of Orna Villa. I am in the process of renovating it and am happy to report that I am absolutely in love with the house. I call it my “happily-ever-after house.” I intend to be here for the rest of my life and pass it along to my children. It needs a LOT of work; the walls were covered with 200 years of wallpaper and underneath there was significant cracking, the roof (don’t get me started), the kitchen is in desperate need of a complete overhaul, etc, etc., but it will be a magnificent grand showplace when it is done. (FYI …The pictures you have here must have been taken with a special lens, because the dimension of the rooms appear quite distorted). I am a writer of historical fiction and am currently writing an article on the history of the house, the Means family and their ties to the town. I will also be writing an article on the restoration process that will be available once I’m further along with it. Once the house is done, I intend to have an open house for the town and anyone who is interested. In the future, I will open Orna Villa to public visitors on special occasions. I do not intend to have Orna Villa as a commercial business, just a private home who welcomes guests interested in its history. My article on the house will be posted at http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/oxfordian. (and there is a little about me there too). Anyone who wishes to contact me can do so at lldorward@charter.net. I hope you all can rest assured that Orna Villa is in good hands and welcomes all who care about the house and its history. P.S. I’ve seen no evidence of a ghost, but if there is one, he seems to be at peace. There is a very peaceful, restful feeling here.

  4. Joyce Byrd Slaughter says: 1 comments

    This house was an apartment house in the 1940’s; my parents rented two rooms in it and my brother was actually born in the house in September 1942. My mother said she never saw a ghost there.


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