Originally the home of Governor John Milledge, Overton was built on land inherited by Milledge’s wife after moving from Savannah in 1799. The house was significantly remodeled in the 1890s and again in 1910. The current owners acquired the house in 2019 and began restoration. The project involved saving and restoring the 1910 design and features, while addressing 21st century needs. Notable things that were preserved in the house include curly heart pine ceilings in the Butler’s Pantry, original plaster throughout, hardwood flooring, original doors and hardware, and the portico and porches. As one of Augusta’s landmark residential properties, both for its architectural and historical significance, this restoration ensures that Overton remains a vital presence in the Summerville Historic District.
Awards for Excellence in Restoration recognize exemplary restoration of historic structures. An accurate restoration project depicts the form, features and character of a historic building as it appeared at a particular period of time. Restoration requires sensitive upgrading of mechanical systems and other code-required work to make the site functional.