The Elza Allmond House was constructed in the 1890s as a merchandise store with living quarters on the second floor. The structure is approximately 1,960 square feet on 0.36 acres. It is a two-story, two-family style dwelling with a masonry foundation. The building features a gable roof. The exterior walls are wood with a wood joist floor construction. Access to the second floor is through an exterior staircase. The building does not have an interior staircase and is currently set up as two separate units. Overall, the building is in a deteriorated condition and will need rehabilitation to the exterior and interior, including updated systems, kitchens, and baths. The structural integrity of the exterior stairs and porches will need to be addressed. Property is sold “As-Is, Where-Is” meaning that it cannot be moved or demolished, and it is the buyer’s responsibility to make improvements that are compatible with the historic character of the property.
The timber industry and local sawmills were responsible for an influx of people moving to Higgston during the late 1800s, although the town did not receive its official charter until 1903. With three operational sawmills in the vicinity, the town of Higgston was booming. It was during this period of growth that the Elza Allmond House was built as a merchandise store with living quarters above it. The Seaboard Air Line Railroad came right through the town which led to the construction of a large train depot. The Elza Allmond House sat across the railroad tracks from the Higgston Depot and adjacent to the Thompson Hotel, although the hotel and depot no longer exist today. When the sawmills moved away, the town essentially became a ghost town, and shortly after the railroad moved three miles east which led to the development of Vidalia.
There was a revival of interest in Higgston when automobiles became the most widely used form of transportation and state Highway 29 was paved right through town. Following World War II, businesses in Higgston were thriving. Despite still being small in size and population, the town of Higgston was a very desirable place to live. In the 1960’s the Elza Allmond House was converted into a rental property with two separate units which is how the building has been used most recently.
Today, Higgston is a small town with a population of 314, located in Montgomery County between Macon and Savannah.
About The Georgia Trust
The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization. The Revolving Fund program was established to provide 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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