c. 1890 – Gibson, GA

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78 W Main St, Gibson, GA 30810

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  • $125,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2518 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
Own a piece of Georgia history - the Historic Kelley - Bennett House! This Gothic Revival w/ Victorian influences was built in the late 1800's by Dr. Kelley. In the early 1900's the Bennett family purchased the home and it has remained in the family since. As you walk through you will be transcended to a different place and time, when kids still played outside until mama called them in for supper. A perfect marriage of past and present w/ modern features including new electrical, plumbing, central HVAC, and gas fireplaces joined by its original character and charm including heavy trim, heart of pine wood floors, solid wood doors, gorgeous mantels, and high ceilings. Glorious view over the antique farmhouse sink of the 24x12 peanut shaped inground pool, smokehouse, greenhouse, raised garden, and goldfish pond. Plenty of space to soak up nature w/ 380 SF of open porch space + 326 SF enclosed porch. Located in the center of town walking distance to Glasscock County Consolidated School!
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Ginger Davis & Donna Joyner, Meybohm Realtors-North Augusta
(855) 511-9083
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17 Comments on c. 1890 – Gibson, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12209 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Drats, too far south from us to go take a peek. What a dream home! “It’s got a center hallway!!!!” “I can build you a hallway….” Husband doesn’t understand when I say “hallway” I mean “HALLWAY”!

  2. ScottScott says: 349 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    Question on the historical photograph: How did the shutters on the bay windows operate? Specifically, how did they open? Did they just protrude from the corners of the bay when opened?

  3. JimHJimH says: 5379 comments
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    A wonderful house that hasn’t changed all that much in 130 years! Since it’s been in the same family for over a century, there may be vintage photos to inform the restoration of the interior details. Looks like the separate summer kitchen was later attached.

    Dr. Thomas Jefferson Marion Kelley (1855-1912) was one of three physician brothers in the area. He began his practice in 1880 and married the following year, and the house may date close to that time. Kelley had a large family and served in the Georgia legislature.

  4. dunamovindunamovin says: 179 comments

    Big thank you to the realtor for the before photo?

  5. BethHBethH says: 238 comments
    1999 Dutchess County, NY

    Very unusual feature – that big bathroom window looking into another room! Otherwise, absolutely beautiful house!

  6. OfftocampOfftocamp says: 25 comments
    Sewickley, PA

    I love this house! I don’t know why there is a bathroom window looking into another room though.

    • FlaOHDJunkieFlaOHDJunkie says: 162 comments
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      1902 FL

      Hi Offtocamp that “other room” was probably part of the porch which was enclosed this house has amazing street appeal I love the colors chosen for exterior paint, wish it could be mine

    • ScottScott says: 349 comments
      1951 Grants Pass, OR

      Because that window originally looked out onto an open porch. Later, the porch was enclosed but the window stayed. I once owned a house with the exact same detail.

    • ChrisICUChrisICU says: 686 comments

      I doubt that ‘other room’ and the current location of the kitchen are original to the house. This looks a lot like my grandma’s house that is just a few miles south of there. Her kitchen was a separate kitchen attached to the main house with a breezeway. That was because in the south who wanted a hot kitchen inside the main house (to quote my grandma). In this example it looks like the old kitchen and breezeway was removed and a kitchen & porch were built on the back.

      In my grandma’s example the breezeway was enclosed with additional rooms added between the kitchen and main house. As a matter of fact, we would often eat in the kitchen and after supper my grandma would say ‘now y’all all go into the house and let me clean up the kitchen’, because in her mind while they were technically one building she still considered it a separate building.

  7. angelfan20angelfan20 says: 26 comments
    1985 apartment
    Las Vegas, NV

    I love this house! I especially love the porches,the yard, the pool and the greenhouse. That is the cutest little pool and I bet it feels wonderful on a hot southern summer day. The rooms in the house are so big and livable I can just see myself doing the little things it would take to make it all mine. If only I could just up and move.

  8. LisaNLisaN says: 71 comments
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    1845 Greek Revival
    Ithaca, NY

    I am in love with this home. The detail, those windows, koi pond. Oh my.

  9. Leah SLeah S says: 160 comments
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    It’s refreshing to see a home with so little changes when compared to the old photos. Obviously, it has continued to be well-loved in recent years.

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5533 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Wonderful example here of a Southern Folk style center hall cottage with Gothic Revival peaked gables and later Queen Anne decorative elements. I’m having a difficult time getting a close period read on this house. The wider floorboards in some rooms suggest an earlier date (1850’s-1860’s?) as do the simple carpenter built mantels seen in some of the rooms. I would have a difficult time accepting that the house dates any later than the early 1880’s. The formal front facade calls into question whether this is actually a Folk style house although the floorplan seems to conform to the type of cottage seen throughout the Southern states from the 1840’s to about 1910. It is also has the usual type of entry with sidelights and a transom. I do love the exterior colors as they are very close to the ones we chose for our home. We did use a dark red (Country Redwood in the Benhjamin Moore palette) as an accent color and for window sashes. The dark red exactly matches our original sash color. Lovely home, overall.


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