In the historic downtown district of the small town of Hartwell, GA, you will find the Adams-Matheson House, one of the earliest houses built in the judicial seat of Hart County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful Folk Victorian was built around the turn of the century by the Temple Construction Company which completed many of the historic structures in the area. Sometime around 1913 the victorian porch was enlarged and replaced with a craftsman style one that retained the L-shape that leads from the transom-capped front door to the eight paned beveled glass side porch door, also with a double paned transom. The overhang of the tongue and groove ceilinged porch is underpinned with multi-colored decorative corbels. The main gable of the house includes fishscale shingles, shakes, and dental molding with the peak decorated with elaborate millwork. Below this you will find one of the two beautiful, original, leaded glass windows in the home. The other windows in the house are filled with lovely, large, wavy glass surrounded by wide moldings.
Most of the house downstairs retains the beautiful heart pine floor so desired in these historic structures and almost impossible to find in such fine shape. The middle hallway still has a height of 12 feet with the bottom trimmed in T&G wainscoting. The dining room and kitchen, both of which have been redone, were added to the back of the house at the same time as the porch was altered. The downstairs portion of the house also contains a large foyer with vintage chandelier, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, a parlor and family room, as well as a large sunroom and laundry room with a full wall of storage cabinets. Four coal burning fireplaces also grace the living and bedroom areas. The hallway contains the wooden staircase that leads upstairs where you will find a second ensuite master bedroom with bath and two walk-in closets. The house also retains what is believed to be the original tin roof manufactured at the Athens Foundry and Machine Shop in Athens, GA as evidenced by the stamping on the inside of the tin.
Through the years many of the beautiful victorian features in the house were covered or removed. It has been the mission of the current seller to replace or repair as many of them as possible. The front porch and outside decorative pieces were painted with a four color scheme consistent with a victorian palette. Great care was also used to paint the inside with colors that would’ve been found in victorian homes. Salvaged molding, fireplace mantels, doors and tile were used in restoration. It was the seller’s intention to reopen walls in the foyer where a set of pocket doors have been covered and to replace the remainder of the floors with salvaged heart pine flooring as well as lifting some of the ceilings to original height. Unfortunately, a serious illness has stopped the renovators and renovation and made it evident that the work must be passed along to another lover of history and old houses to be completed. Will you be the one who offers the TLC needed to complete the vision of this wonderful old home?
Updated on October 6, 2021 at 11:34 am