c. 1870 – Rayle, GA

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Added to OHD on 5/16/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   25 Comments
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The Jackson House - Rayle, GA

  • 1912 Sq Ft
This picturesque vernacular cottage is available for relocation! Owned by the City of Rayle, the historic Jackson House is now threatened by imminent demolition to make way for a park. A comfortable floor plan offers six large, light-filled rooms with (mostly) original six-over-six windows of Greek Revival proportion. The wide central hall is flanked by two rooms at each side. A kitchen ell offers two additional rooms, each accessing a rear porch. Though currently lowered in most spaces, ceilings are 12’ in height. Three original fireplace mantels remain, each reflecting the transitional architectural styles. Floors are a mix of original heart pine and oak that was later added to the central hall and one front room, in early 20th century fashion. Look closely and one will find the shadows of the original Italianate portico that once graced the front of the home. All structure remains sound and in very good condition.

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25 Comments on c. 1870 – Rayle, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The reason there’s a price and not free is because that’s the quote to salvage the city received. If anyone matched it, they’d be willing to sell it to move instead.

  2. Carole says: 28 comments

    As I posted on the FB post, I do realize that it’s probably too costly for the city to want to refurbish/maintain (unfortunate that a construction company can’t step up and offer), but it’s too bad they can’t keep the house where it is, and turn it into a community center, children’s center, art center, museum, or some such thing. Right within the proposed park. A great way to preserve a piece of architectural history, that will otherwise be lost for good.

    • Eric says: 387 comments

      I agree with you Carole. Some type of historical interactive museum that would showcase the history of the town and the house and show what life was like when people first lived in this attractive old folk Vic.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        There are less than 200 people living in this city with a large percentage at or under the poverty line so not sure how they would get the funds for such a thing. And I’m certain the officials don’t have the inclination for such a thing, they see this as just an old house in the way.

  3. Eric says: 387 comments

    If they do for some sad reason demolish this home I want to buy the doorbell in the front door.

  4. Louise says: 2 comments

    Well buying one of these type homes I can say from experience there is so much to repair! It gets outrageously costly, so I can see why a city wouldn’t want to put in the money. We didn’t have to move ours, but just refurbishing one of the old homes is financially draining. Sad because they are beautiful.

  5. says: 14 comments

    Why couldn’t the city tap into the state budget to refurbish and make it an anchor information center for the park that they are trying to run through that area? It would make a lovely garden/workable resource center for the park.

  6. Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments

    What’s this little hardware thing on pic #8 ?

  7. Joseph Griffin says: 33 comments

    A beautiful building. Might it be earlier than c. 1870?

  8. Karrie says: 222 comments

    this house and a thousand more throughout the country are just dying on the vine. So sad.

  9. jenny says: 52 comments

    This is one of my favorites seen on the site so far. Very beautiful in its simplicity.

  10. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    Sad, the price of it, then the price of moving it and the land, and then the restoration, you would really have to have deep pockets.

  11. Cynthia Castleberry says: 16 comments

    This is a beautiful home! So sad that it has to be moved. If you work one a little at a time you can complete it. The moving and then electrical, plumbing etc would be costly but you would have such a beauty in the end.

  12. Molly says: 10 comments

    Wilkes County has a lot of historically significant properties especially in Washington. It is listed on the State Historic Preservation Office’s website but Rayle is not (presumably they do not have any preservation ordinances on the books). Lexington, does and is just down the road. It seems that the GA Trust could list it on their endangered properties listings on their site Scott Reed. Cherry Cottage in Washington is listed there e.g.

  13. Sweet pea says: 1 comments

    Would they consider having someone dismantle the home to salvage the wood, doors, mantles

  14. Margaret Armour says: 1 comments

    I live just down the road from this house, and I was never even aware that it was owned by the city. I’m sure I would’ve raised a fuss long ago about using THIS structure instead of our city hall (basically, a warehouse that also serves as fire dept) for town and private events. Had things been handled differently, this structure could have been generating income much like the house that the Woman’s Club in Washington uses. I personally love the idea of having a museum in Rayle. While it is literally a caution light, dot-on-the-map town, the history here is some of the oldest, richest in the state. My husband’s family has been in this same 10 mile radius since the early 1700s. Many families that settled the county–Callaways, Armours, McAvoys, Echolses, Posses–they are still here. It would be amazing to have a physical structure in which to share their story. I wish I had known sooner to look into grant resources and other possible avenues of preservation.

  15. Brosia says: 72 comments

    I had the same thought as many of you when I saw this – why couldn’t it be incorporated into the park somehow? It could be a lovely community gathering place, offering workshops, meetings, promoting local history, etc. If a construction firm (or several) pitched in the work, it could be gorgeous again without ever being moved. Such a shame that this town sees fit to just be rid of it.

  16. Kizzy Thomas says: 1 comments

    I will love to buy it. I just need to know, how much would it be to bring it from there all the way to Slidell louisiana

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You would need to contact a mover that specializes in taking apart a home to move it so that kind of question cannot be answered here.

  17. Southern belle says: 1 comments

    Is this house sold?

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