According to historical records, this old Plantation Plain-style farmhouse in rural Hancock County, Georgia dates back to at least the mid-1800s. However, some historians believe the house is possibly much older. This style was fairly common in the 1800s across Southern states. Sometimes referred to as an ‘I’ house, these homes were typically two stories with a simple gable roof with chimneys on each end of the house. The one-story porch allowed the second-floor sleeping rooms to have ventilation on three sides. Kitchens were usually in a separate building behind the house, this kept the heat out of the house and protected the home in the event the kitchen caught fire.
Over the course of its existence, this particular home went through several additions. A kitchen and bathroom were added to the rear of the house as well as a porch on one side. It appears from what’s left behind and the partially painted front, that the farmhouse was in the midst of a renovation before it was completely abandoned. At one time, this was the home of Mr. Omer Jones who raised his family here. Neighbors say the last owner was elderly and moved to Florida to be closer to family over a decade ago. In July 2022, the property was sold and the new owner plans to continue to restore the old farmhouse.
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