c. 1900 – Bowersville, GA – $69,900

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 11/13/18   -   Last OHD Update: 3/28/19   -   11 Comments
143 Benson St, Bowersville, GA 30516

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  • $69,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3248 Sq Ft
  • 1.16 Ac.
This is your Dream DIY project in downtown Bowersville! Early 1900 home with lots of great potential. Hasn't been lived in in several years. Tax records reflex that there is a 2nd floor, stairs were removed in years gone by but the possibility to expand is available. Property is nestled on two different tracts of land with 2 outbuildings. Front porch and back porch with a permanently covered well located on the back porch. Motivated Seller also has brick house on .3 acres available MLS and 4.9 acres across the street available MLS 8459438.
Contact Information
Debbie Robinson, Keller Williams Lanier Partners
(678) 425-1988 / 678-665-5755
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11 Comments on c. 1900 – Bowersville, GA – $69,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10080 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    A little over an hour from me, this is a part of Georgia the husband and I love to get lost in. Less than an hour north of Athens/UGA, near enough to Lavonia, Hartwell, Elberton, Commerce, Anderson, SC and other small towns for work or shopping. I love the diagonal and vertical exterior wood design near the door and gable. This is possibly a little bit older than the 1900 on record.

    Some people mistake beadboard for shiplap, most of the interior you see here is beadboard. Shiplap are wood planks without grooves while beadboard are grooved strips of wood. You can tell the difference as the lines in beadboard are closer together while shiplap is wider apart.

    • AvatarAlan G Bolt says: 1 comments

      Hi Kelly: I am surprised your ‘listing scanner’ hasn’t picked up on my house for sale in Hartwell. It’s The Skelton House Bed & Breakfast at 97 Benson Street, in Hartwell GA. I would not be so bold as to post any listing details here but it’s on the MLS, has a really nice video virtual tour and has additional pictures etc. on the website. The house has a fantastic hestory I could share with you and the folks if interested.- Alan

  2. Avatarpeeweebc says: 828 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    This pretty needs adoption. ☺️

  3. AvatarTrish says: 11 comments

    “Tax records reflex that there is a 2nd floor, stairs were removed in years gone by”. I don’t think you need tax records to tell you there’s a 2nd floor but why would someone remove the stairs?? I’m stumped.

    • MikeMike says: 181 comments

      My great-aunt and uncle did this to their house. She inherited her grandparents’ 2-story farmhouse, but since they had no living children, they took out the old stairs and enlarged the small living room. Made sense for them, and probably cut down on utility bills as well. The 2nd floor could still be accessed through a “scuttle hole” in the pantry ceiling, and Aunt Frieda used to let me go up there and explore. There was still some old iron bedsteads up there, and a lot of old newspapers and magazines from the 20s and 30s. After they passed, the new owners bull-dozed the house and built a new one; I wonder if they discovered the antiques hidden upstairs before they fired up that caterpillar…

  4. Avatarjewlsseven says: 76 comments

    I would buy it just to find out what is left on the second floor!!!

  5. Avatarbettina says: 33 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I love that wide center hall!

  6. AvatarMelanie Barnett Park says: 23 comments

    She needs some serious love but I would surely take it on!! She is a beauty! I see a lot of my grandparents home in this one! Any idea why you would have a screen door leading to the kitchen from the hall?

  7. AvatarJean Spencer says: 66 comments

    Yes, very interesting house. Seems to have had a serious reno in the 50s or 60s, perhaps to turn it into a duplex (two kitchens?). Windows and cabinets are that era. Then a new bath and hvac more recently. And lots of plant removal very recently. Perhaps the stairs were removed to make more room for the downstairs, as someone said.

  8. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    “Southern” center hall type cottages of this type were very popular for generations beginning in the Antebellum period and continuing with slight stylistic changes until the WWI era. Some of the porch details indicate a nod towards the Queen Anne style but the symmetry of the front is at odds with the preference for asymmetry in more formal Queen Anne style homes. It’s quite possible that a local carpenter built this house from a stock set of plans as beaded boards and shiplap (where used) were easy to put up to form walls and ceilings. If this were mine I would definitely want to rebuild a staircase to the upstairs once I could ascertain the original stair configuration. In many of the online available period publications (check the Internet Archive listings) the reader can find specs and drawings for basic staircases suitable for a house from the turn of the last century. I personally prefer staircases to have a turn to a landing along the way so that anyone falling from the top will not continue uninterrupted all the way down to the bottom of the stairs thus increasing the likelihood of injuries. Besides, some folks tire easily so a landing provides a place to rest temporarily before continuing upstairs. A simple house of this kind presents many opportunities for creative input and decor choices. I noticed it also has central air (compressors seen outside) but the gas space heaters suggest the lack of a central heating unit. The house is on slightly more than a one acre (1.16) lot. The newer brick home and lot across the street are also available, according to the listing. Not much of a “downtown” in Streetview although one area is designated as a local historic district. Those who seek some peace and quiet should find it here although a railroad track is not too distant from this location.

  9. JimHJimH says: 4115 comments
    OHD Supporter

    The house is part of the Bowersville Historic District, listed on the National Register as an intact small railroad town built 1880-1920. The 1984 photo shows the house in very good condition. It actually faces and has frontage on Main Street, set back next to the Town Hall, although it’s obscured by bushes now. When built, this clearly was the home of a respected citizen in Bowersville.

    The property is owned by a “motivated” estate which also owns the livable 1959 ranch adjacent, and a 5 acre lot across the street, as John mentioned. Depending on one’s needs and resources, this could be a really nice deal for someone looking for an attractive old place to restore (retirement project?). The county website has info – click View Map for lot lines:



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