c. 1860 Greek Revival – Thomson, GA

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386 Pylant Crossing Rd, Thomson, GA 30824

  • $275,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4136 Sq Ft
  • 14.85 Ac.
14.85 acres with Colonial style house. 6 beautiful columns with upper balcony built 1895. Beautiful southern setting with several scattered hard wood trees, ceiling height: 12' lower, 10' upper, wood walls, pine floors throughout. This house has been used for weddings, receiptions, parties, it is owned by Wrightsboro Quaker Community Foundation Inc. and has been exempt from paying taxes.
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Bob Wilson Jr., The Wilson Company
706-595-3216

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26 Comments on c. 1860 Greek Revival – Thomson, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I am not certain of the build date, some things looked older than 1895.

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    • Don Carleton says: 314 comments

      Kelly, I wholly agree with you. I’ll stake my good name (whatever that’s worth) on the fact that this is an antebellum building, as evidenced by the exterior massing/detailing and interior details e.g. windows, cornices, doors, mantelpieces. An 1890s classical revival would have an entirely different “vibe!”

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      • Shannon says: 7 comments

        The home was built between 1855 an 1860. My husband and I were interested in the home and did a good bit of research on it. We also got a copy of the paperwork from the National Register.

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  2. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    Yeah definitely older, notice the wide plank floors and two panel Greek revival doors. I’d say this house dates to the 1850s

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  3. merri ferrell says: 20 comments

    I recognize a section of early 19th century wallpaper in one of the rooms. I have seen a complete program of this pattern which belonged to the Tuck family (from Kentucky) and ended up in a wonderful farmhouse on Long Island, now back to its original house (now a museum). Many Southern houses would move wallpaper or paneling from one house to another.

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  4. Laurie W. says: 1688 comments

    Agree. The room proportions are earlier, not typical of turn of the century. Ditto fireplaces. Pretty exterior front, graceful. Am I missing something? The description says 6 columns — I see only 4, right? Makes me wonder if I’m hallucinating. The balcony & porch railing is a light, attractive feature. The inside makes me think of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or a Carson McCullers story; it seems just soaked in Southern life. I’d want to keep the sofa in the upstairs hall too if I bought this lovely place.

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  5. JimHJimH says: 5530 comments
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    The house is known locally as the Bowden-Johnson house and it’s a popular wedding venue. It’s on the National Register as the Hillman-Bowden house but I couldn’t find info. The town website says it was built in 1860 which might be in the ballpark.

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  6. says: 102 comments

    I could LIVE in this house! This is SO Georgia! That balcony is kill for! And what lovely views of your 15 acres! Sigh! Kelly, can you call the Georgia houses when you see them? I can call them about 95% of the time. Georgia rocks!

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  7. Love it ! 15 acres!!! Wow. I live in an 1850’s home about an hour away from this one. Mine is not as grand, but has the same mantles, ceiling height, heart pine floor width, and is on a half acre. We have the same low banister upstairs – about 30″ tall (at most) – not safe, but historically accurate (people were shorter back then due to nutrition. Most of our door knobs hit at the tops of our thighs!) Love seeing these, Kelly! Let’s all pool our money and rehab this one and split the days we can use it. I call the spring/fall. lol.
    -Trish

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  8. Tommy Q says: 450 comments

    Interesting, the house doesn’t face the street, instead it presents its side to the road. There doesn’t appear to be any outbuildings either. It is a bit of an orphan awkwardly placed…

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    • Shannon says: 7 comments

      The house originally sat in the center of a larger parcel of land that extended to the other side of the road. There is a small cabin at the back of the property after WW2.

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  9. Allan says: 84 comments

    Could the house have been moved to it’s current location? The front steps just don’t work with the style of the house. And there’s not a mature tree on the property, or no trees the age of the house. And as Tommy Q said – no outbuildings, that’s just odd for the south.

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  10. I doubt it was moved. I’m guessing to make it pretty for wedding venues, etc, they just removed any dilapidated out-buildings. When we bought our home and found out there had been a fence around the entire yard, the 92 year old who owned it told us she was “a child of the depression” and didn’t want to pay to have it painted, so tore it down!

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    • JimHJimH says: 5530 comments
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      Trish, I think you’re right that the place was just cleaned up by recent owners, Lucille Johnson (1903-1994) who owned it for a few decades and the Quaker history group she gave it to – the present owners. A garden club note says as much and claims the house was built quite a bit earlier. If it was built by the Hillman family as the name suggests, they were here very early and owned thousands of acres in the area. Probably the road was built to access the old plantation and became a through road much later.
      McDuffie Mirror 30 Sep 2010:
      The house, which was built 1840, was given to the Wrightsboro Foundation in 1995 by the family of Lucille Bowden Johnson and a restoration grant has been received from the Watson-Brown Foundation. Mr. Tad Brown of the Watson-Brown Foundation has been interested in the restoration progress and the Wrightsboro Foundation appreciates his interest and assistance. The restoration is being done in stages. The formal rooms downstairs are completed, including two dining rooms, a library, a parlor and a handicapped restroom. The kitchen is scheduled to be completed 2011.
      The outside restoration, including the grounds, will reflect the grandeur and dignity of this Southern home.

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      • Megan says: 2 comments

        I don’t know how many acres it had originally, but I doubt it was thousands. There are two other large homes nearby- one almost identical to this one actually, though still lived in. With all three homes in such close proximity I doubt the original land footprint would have been thousands of acres. The home similar to this one appears to be a working cattle farm today with a ton of acreage.

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  11. susan mecca urbanczyk says: 1106 comments

    Oh how I would love to buy this and make it our healing farm. It’s just beautiful. Perfect.

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  12. Janel says: 1 comments

    Does anyone else drool over the old furniture in some of these houses like I do?

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  13. susan mecca urbanczyk says: 1106 comments

    I do!

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  14. Megan says: 2 comments

    How strange- I’ve been perusing your site for years (I admittedly have slacked off for the past 2 yrs or so) and am actually contemplating purchasing this home. I was googling the address when I found it on your site! Anyway- I drove by it today. Haven’t gone in yet, though. It sits somewhat caddy corner to the road which is kind of odd, and it is fairly close to the road as well, but with it being very country it isn’t too busy and doesn’t seem like it would be a problem. The area that it is in is absolutely gorgeous- very different than where I currently am (nearer to Augusta). My only hindrance is its proximity (or lack thereof) to Ft Gordon, where I work. I will be driving by again within the next few days to check it out a bit more.

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    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 854 comments
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      1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
      Lockport, NY

      Megan,
      Did you ever get back to this house?
      If so, any photos or insights you might share with us?

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  15. Shannon says: 7 comments

    Beautiful.

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  16. Jake says: 7 comments

    This is awesome such a nice country area

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