Tuesday, April 27, 2010

4/28 Outdoor Wednesday # 68

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I love old historic buildings….so this week I am visiting some of the ones found in town and sharing them with you!

The Hay House - In the mid-1800s, William Butler Johnston was the keeper of the Confederate treasury, but the mansion he built is the real treasure he left behind. Inspired by the palazzos of Florence and Rome during a three-year honeymoon in Europe, Johnston and his wife, Anne, spent four years building an 18,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion that is now a National Historic Landmark.

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In 1862, the Confederate Treasury established a major depository at Macon, and Johnston was the receiver of Confederate deposits. Macon became the most important depository in the South, second only to Richmond. Legend states that a hidden room in a staircase in the house stored the Confederate gold. When Stoneman fired on Macon, he aimed at the prominent cupola on the Hay House. The shot instead hit the Holt House, now known as the Cannonball House.

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The Cannonball House  - Built in 1853 by Judge Asa Holt, this beautiful antebellum house is considered an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture of the Old South. It became known as the Cannonball House after it was struck by a cannon ball fired by Union cavalry forces under Gen. George Stoneman during the Battle of Dunlap Hill on July 30, 1864. Stoneman, located approximately 3 miles east on the Clinton Road, fired the shot which "struck the sand sidewalk, passed through the second column from the left on the gallery and entered the parlor over a window, landing unexploded in the hall. Its course may be traced by the mended column, a patch in the parlor plaster, and the dent in the hall floor."

Sidney Lanier Cottage -  Great American Poet Sidney Lanier, author of "The Marshes of Glynn" and "Song of the Chattahoochee," was born in this Victorian cottage in 1842. Lanier was a private in the Confederate Army, was captured while commanding a blockade runner, and was imprisoned in Point Lookout, Maryland. There he contracted tuberculosis, which eventually killed the brilliant linguist, musician, mathematician and lawyer, at the age of 39. Lake Lanier is named in his honor.

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66 comments:

  1. Fascinating history, especially the cannonball story. Beautiful houses. Would love to see the interiors :)
    Jane T.

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  2. What beautiful old homes and thanks for the history lesson.

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  3. I love the Cannonball house.The large white pillars are awesome.

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  4. I love this post! WOW! A THREE YEAR HONEYMOON??? Oh my! The stories behind these homes are really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. There are so many beautiful places in the South! It looks like they are being maintained with love (as well as tons of money).

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  6. We had stopped in Macon for some antiqueing.On our way to South Carolina. It is a beautiful town and the people seemed to be verry nice. We have been looking at property in Washington Ga. It is a beautiful state you have there....Julian

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  7. These old historic buildings are really great Susan. I enjoyed scrolling through them :0)

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  8. What fabulous homes! I too love historic buildings and like to learn about their history. I can imagine the interiors are awesome.

    Thank you for taking us on a historical tour!

    ~ Tracy

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  9. Susan, What a treat, thanks so much for showing theses beautiful old homes!!! You have made my day!
    Sandy

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  10. Incredible buildings and great history behind them!

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  11. These are such gorgeous homes. Imagine having to take care of one of those back in the day.

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  12. Oh, I love old homes. Can only imagine what they look like inside.

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  13. Wow! These homes are exquisite. Thanks for the history lesson too!

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  14. Hi Susan,
    I adore history, thank you for showing us such interesting and beautiful homes. I would love to tour these.
    Thanks for hosting and Happy Wednesday.
    Maryrose

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  15. Hi Susan! Remember me? Haven't visited in a long time. These houses are beautiful. They sure don't build them like that any more. Thanks for sharing the photos and the very interesting history about them. laurie

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  16. Cool tour of all the great homes! Lovely post, Susan!

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  17. hi Susan!

    I love looking at historic buildinsg and you've shown us some outstanding ones here today! They are all kept so beautifully!
    ♥ Pat

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  18. I love historic homes and these are certainly beautiful. I decided to play along this week! I also decided to follow you:)

    Sue

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  19. Such stately, beautiful homes. Happy Wednesday! Hope all is well with you.

    Tink *~*~*

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  20. I love touring historical homes. If only the walls could talk.

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  21. I love historic homes! We have a few around here I could go to. The architecture is so pretty.

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  22. Hi there Susan!

    Love historic homes! I'm looking forward to helping out with our historic home tour next month.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting!

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  23. That was interesting-thanks for sharing these pictures of American architecture. Very different to our Aussie homes!

    Thanks also for having us again Susan.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

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  24. Susan,
    Oh, I love these too! There's just something about the stories these great places could tell! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this fun party!
    Sharlotte

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  25. Hello Susan, thanks for showing us and telling us about the lovely historical buildings in your town. It is wonderful they have been kept so lovingly, and are still in use.

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  26. Hi Susan, these pictures and the stories behind the great homes and buildings is very well done..thanks for sharing all of them with us..

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  27. Oh Susan, what spectacular buildings! And I love the stories behind them. Especially love the Lanier house -- those rockers lined up on the front porch! I think I need me some more rockers for our own porch now! Thanks for OW!
    Cass

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  28. Such interesting history with gorgeous photogrpahs! Thank you for posting something so informative and beautiful! I enjoyed it very much!

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  29. Hello Susan, thought I would join you for Outdoor Wednesday today!
    What beautiful homes and great pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post such wonderful history too!
    ~Ann

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  30. THREE YEAR HONEYMOON?? Now that's something. Thanks for all the beautiful photos and stories.

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  31. i love antebellum homes. thanks for sharing those beautiful pics. i love our southern culture. :)

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  32. Susan,
    It's just beautiful! I would love to visit there...I can imagine the beauty inside...Thanks for sharing...Smiles and Hugs Katherinellen

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  33. Thanks for hosting

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  34. Hi Susan,
    You are amazing. I love the south. I would love to visit Georga. History is so wonderful and I truely love it.
    Great photos.
    xoxo
    Betty

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  35. Lovely post .... I too adore heritage buildings and lovely architecture ...
    thanks for the opportunity to share
    Gena @ Thinking Aloud

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  36. Beautiful photos of the houses. I remember seeing Hay House on one of my visits to Macon many years ago.

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  37. Thank you so much for hosting you Outdoor Wednesday.

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  38. Oh, I just LOVE these old buildings. Great captures! My first time here...thanks!!

    Goin' to the Chapel

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  39. great old homes.Hope to see the insides too.

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  40. What grand old houses. That first brick one is gorgeous.

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  41. Hi Susan,
    I loved the images and history of these old homes. It's been a while since I played along but weather is just now really picking up temps to be outdoors. Missed you friend.
    Hugs,
    Tam

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  42. Such stately and beautiful buildings with interesting history. Pleasant tour of some of the buildings found in your town!

    Kindly, ldh

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  43. I love historic buildings too! Great pictures and histories Susan :) Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  44. Your pink ribbons, they coincided with the pink day that we celebrate today in New Zealand. Pink is NO to bullying.

    Like those buildings with tall pillars.

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  45. i love historic buildings too, and these are so beautiful and interesting! i love that cannonball house.

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  46. Thanks for the 'virtual' visit to these historic structures and for hosting Outdoor Wednesday each week.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  47. I love a building with a story! These are fabulous!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  48. Hi Susan, I love the old buildings and especially the interesting stories behind each one. Thanks for the history lesson and great photos.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  49. I love seeing beautiful old homes like that and thanks for sharing the information on them also.
    Thanks for hosting again this week.

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  50. Hi Susan, long time, no see. It's nice to see some friends, both new and old are here today.

    I am now officially a Georgia blogger after relocating to Historic St. Mary's, Georgia. I knew my first post had to be on OW, so I could share a snippet of my new hometown.

    My great-great grandfather was also imprisoned at Point Maryland after he was captured at Gettysburg. Interesting to learn that Lanier was also there. Beautiful photos and fascinating history.

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  51. Wow, what beautiful historic architecture! I loved seeing these gorgeous old buildings, and learning a little of the history behind them. Thanks, Susan! :)

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  52. I love these stately old mansions, there's so much history in them and they are so beautiful! Thanks for extra history lesson!

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  53. I love the architecture in these buildings, great photos! :)

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  54. Just found your site today & I will definitely be back since most of my WW posts are of my garden or our adventures outdoors. Thanks for hosting. Love the photos of the beautiful historic homes.

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  55. Beautiful houses.
    Alfazema

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  56. Holy Mackerel Batman!
    A THREE YEAR HONEYMOON in Europe and then getting to decorate an 18,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion?? Ya think senor Johnston was dipping into the treasury just a bit??!! LOL
    That's ok, I would have loved to have been his wife just to be able to decorate it all!
    Thank you for that trip back in time and a little history lesson!
    Intriguing!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

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  57. Hi There,
    I would like to provide a link to your great party in my Link Party Directory at Tools Are For Women Too! I am glad to do this for followers of my blog if they will link up to my party as well called, Modern Craftswoman Monday . Please let me know if you are interested. I can be emailed at toolsr4women2@gmail.com if needed. Have a great day! Rory

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  58. Almost didn't make it today! It's Wed. evening and I just posted! Now I will do some visiting... thanks Susan!

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  59. beautiful houses..I guess my fave is the last one...have a great one Susan! sorry been so busy..

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  60. still catching for my entry..have a great weekend ahead. also wishing you in advance a great start of the month of May..take care!

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  61. We enjoyed a Parents Weekend dinner at the Hay House a month or so ago, and I thought it was just lovely inside and out. Beautiful architecture!

    I need to schedule a visit to the others, especially the Lanier Cottage on one of my many trips to Macon.

    ...which, btw, is a very interesting city full of BEAUTIFUL old homes! Love it.

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  62. I love those old historic buildings as well.
    These look like they would be very nice to visit. Have a great weekend!

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  63. What beautiful homes. Lucky you to live close by. I would love driving by any of these.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  64. I know where most of these are as I grew up about 30 miles from there in FV. I'm still a GA girl and visit your city from time to time. My sister-in-law and her family live there, too! Just found your blog...you do a great job!

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  65. I recently added a Link Party Directory to my blog site, Tools Are For Women Too!, listing just over 100 link parties. I made sure that A Southern Daydreamer was included. Here is the link http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/p/link-parties.html Please take a look at it when you have time and link back to me somehow ,if possible. Thank you. Rory

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