1909 – Bowersville, GA

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Added to OHD on 2/26/15   -   Last OHD Update: 10/26/19   -   15 Comments

1389 Lou Gurley Rd, Bowersville, GA 30553

  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2500 Sq Ft
  • 26.9 Ac.
Tranquility and peace come to mind when you stop onto this property. Beautiful old world style home in need of some TLC. Situated on over 26 acres, this home has room for a large family. Three bedrom on main level, one bedroom upstairs and one unfinished bedroom. Make this property yours and finish the renovations to suit your family. Tons of possibilities.


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15 Comments on 1909 – Bowersville, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is the one that I’d buy if my husband didn’t have a 1 1/2 hour commute to work, one way. I don’t know if the owner added interior photos because I emailed and begged for some but if they did THANK YOU! Noted in in the National Register PDF said the house was built from the timbers on the property and milled at their own saw mill. How awesome is this house?! 🙂

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Adding, there’s a photo of a room with the closet door open, you can see the inside of it unpainted. I assume the interior wood work would have been the same as the inside of the door, unpainted.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Pretty great house. Those ceilings are a little low for me though. 😉 Lot’s of potential, and real pretty country too. Looks like they tore down the house / barn shown at the end of the HABS pix, and replaced it with a trailer. Dangit. I love atmospheric old ruins like that. It was probably a gonner.

  2. RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The height of the ceilings is fabulous!!!!!

    Love the exterior, too! The triple gables? Lovely!

  3. John Shiflet says: 5400 comments

    Kelly, I think the original woodwork/millwork was probably clear finished. Mantels especially were likely to be clear finished or faux grained originally, not plainly completely covered in paint. Nice visual appearance for an early 1900’s farmhouse and with 2/5 acres; gardening and small scale farming are a possibility. The ceilings look to be in the 12-14 foot range; I personally would leave them at that height as lowering them changes the whole look of the room. Great potential here and it seems reasonably priced for what is offered.

  4. AnnM says: 41 comments

    You’re reading my mind, Ross! <3

  5. Looking at the gas room heater and what appears to be a gas/pack central unit on the side of the house without seeing a propane tank, makes me think that there is natural gas to the house. That is a real plus because the house could be tightly insulated and the tall ceilings could be enjoyed all year. That creates such as openness in the rooms that is not available in today’s homes. This looks like a great country property convenient to surrounding areas of Athens and Anderson SC.

  6. Jean Spencer says: 92 comments

    Having the NR documentation is a huge plus! We are looking for a house like this, but the commute to Atlanta would be impossible, as you said, Kelly. That’s probably why this is still intact–it’s a conundrum. The Lawsons were great stewards of this place.

    Yes, sad that the saddlebag is gone. Can’t tell if the smokehouse is still there or not. Also some water damage evident in the ceilings.

  7. Yes, looking at google earth, it appears that there might be a propane tank beside the house. Still wonderful ceilings.

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Additional house info on Zillow (and I believe the property record says this too) says Cooling: Central, Heating: Heat pump.

  9. JimHJimH says: 4870 comments
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    A very attractive house that seems like a bargain at this price. That said, it doesn’t seem like a NHRP qualified property and the land has been reduced 90% since the 1997 listing. They didn’t even get a plaque. It’s too bad, those listings used to mean something.

    • Jean Spencer says: 92 comments

      In what way is it not qualified?

      • JimHJimH says: 4870 comments
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        Hi Jean. There are basic criteria; the nomination claims Criterion A because of the agricultural landscape and outbuildings, which weren’t great in 1997 and have been mostly sold off or knocked down since; and Criterion C as an outstanding example of a Georgian Cottage. It’s more of a modern interpretation of an older building form, and some of the interior features have been lost or altered to look older. I think it’s a wonderful little house, though it’s not very old or particularly unique, and there’s no great historical significance to it, even less now that it’s on a suburb-sized lot.

        http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/pdfs/nrb15.pdf

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11735 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Marking as demolished unless someone can tell me they moved it for whatever reason. 🙁

    Street View where it was.

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