by Meghan White.
Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. No where is it more apparent than in the beautiful old homes found throughout the American South. Join Meghan as she shares her favorite Southern real estate finds.
Located in Americus, Georgia, this gingerbread Victorian is likely what many of us dreamed of when we were younger—or, at least, what I dreamed about. The first detail that caught my eye was the house’s charming peach-colored exterior. An interesting array of gables on the front façade and an off-centered front porch are two more of the elements that remind me why I love Victorians in the first place.
133 Taylor St, Americus, GA 31709
Asking Price: $159,000
5 beds, 5 baths 4,662 sqft
One of the premier historic houses in Americus. Main rooms on ground floor have original trim, fireplaces, floor-length windows, beautifully molded plaster ceilings, and heart-pine floors. Great room added to back of house off kitchen has a wall of glass looking out to the patio and shady backyard. Master bedroom suite in side wing accessed through private library. House is in good basic condition on exterior but interior (kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) needs to be updated. Two-car garage is joined to house by latticed breezeway. Enormous lot in great neighborhood close to downtown. A must see!
Inside, a stately staircase with a heavy bannister and beadboard create an impressive central hall entryway. Everything in this house has been meticulously crafted, from the carved lion’s head on the bannister to the impressive mantelpieces in the rooms. Though the kitchen and wallpapers may need an update, the original Victorian details throughout this house show how truly unique this property is.
Americus is located in the southwest of Georgia in Sumter County. The town started as a small planter’s seat in the 1820s, but the coming of the railroad put this small town on the map. The majority of structures in Americus are from the second-half of the nineteenth century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.