The Georgia Trust


Lawrence House

Lawrence House
51 N. 5th Ave
Menlo, GA 30731
c. 1875

$135,000 (originally $195,000)
4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
Square footage: approx. 2,500
Land: 2 acres


Kate Ryan
Director of Preservation

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Side with two of four stone chimneys

New kitchen with stainless steel appliances

Second floor bedroom

Second floor bedroom

Bedroom with large windows

Upstairs hallway

Large porch

Living room

Dining room


Lawrence House

Captain Andrew Jackson Lawrence, the grandson of a Revolutionary War veteran, served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War along with at least two of his four brothers. Following his service, Mr. Lawrence married Mildred Dowtin of Abbeville, South Carolina in 1868. Together, they raised five children in their c. 1875 Gothic Revival house. In 1883 Lawrence officially founded the town of Menlo in Chattooga County, naming it to honor Thomas Edison, whose workshop was located in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Clearly a fan of Edison, Lawrence created the Edison Land Company to sell lots in the town. Today Menlo is a charming town of 485 persons located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

This beautifully maintained two-storey house includes formal living and dining rooms, four bedrooms, a recently renovated kitchen and bath with marble and decorative tiles, and hardwood floors throughout. The house has four chimneys and period mantels of carved stone. The house's two-acre lot, located at the foot of Lookout Mountain, includes mature landscaping with a Georgia Champion American Holly Tree, three out-buildings - a garage & shop, a well-house and a garden shed. This property is in excellent condition.


About The Georgia Trust Revolving Fund program

The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. The Revolving Fund program provides effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. All properties sold through this program have conservation easements in place to ensure the historic integrity of the property is retained. Additionally, buyers are required to sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and all work done to the property must abide by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Copies of these documents will be provided by The Georgia Trust for review.





























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