The Georgia Trust

2009 PLACES IN PERIL: ROCK HOUSE

Story/significance:  This two-story 1780s house in Thomson, Georgia, is constructed of 24-inch-thick field stones and is recognized as the oldest surviving stone house in Georgia. The house was constructed by the Ansley family who received the land in 1783, fifteen years after the town of Wrightsborough was founded as the southernmost settlement of Quakers in America. The house remained privately owned until 1966, when the Wrightsborough Quaker Community Foundation purchased and restored the house with the intention of using it as a museum.

Threat:  Vandalism and a lack of funding available for maintenance add to the overall threat to this historic structure.

 

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