Sunday, May 1, 2011

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I finally finished identifying and renaming the pictures I took on our mini-vacation to the Florida Panhandle and Georgia last week.  I spent Wednesday morning wandering by myself around Marianna while Russel did a demo for the DOT.  The Chamber of Commerce in Marianna is in the Russ House!  The town has put together an excellent Self-Guided Tour brochure with photos, maps and bits of history on the historic homes featured in the tour.  I started at the Russ House which was built in 1895.  It’s been through some hard times, but has been restored beautifully.

 Russ House 1

I love this rounded, two-story porch.

Russ House 2Russ House 8

Bits of the house like this nook have been furnished in the style of the home.  Most of the house is offices and conference rooms.  This was the only house in Marianna open to the public.

Russ House 4

Across the street from the Russ House is the 1840’s house, now an accounting firm.

1840's House

Milton House was built in 1909, but looks much older and was built in the style of the ante-bellum houses it copies.  The house was built by the the granddaughter of John Milton, Gov. of Florida during the Civil War and his descendants continue to live in the home.

Milton House

This is the Bowles-Kimbrough House built in1896.

Bowles-Kimbrough House

After I picked up Russel, we drove north a few miles to Greenwood to see the houses included in the Marianna tour book.  Only a few were as listed and one was absent altogether, not there at all any more.  Probably burned down like so many of these older homes.  The home knows as Great Oaks was still there, on the way into town.  The house was built in 1860 as the Bryan Plantation and remains Jackson County’s “most handsome example of antebellum architecture.” 

Great Oaks 5

The highway along the home was lined with, what else, great old live oak trees.

Great Oaks 4

In Greenwood, there were a couple of neat old houses.  First, the Willis House, built by Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Willis in 1917.  Mrs. Willis wanted nine bedrooms, each with their own bath, so all her children and grandchildren could live with them forever!

Dr. Willis House 2

The last house we stopped at in Greenwood was the Erwin House, badly in need of some tender loving care.  It was built in the 1830’s and considered the oldest house in Jackson County.

Erwin House

That’s it for the houses we looked at in Florida.  I’ll work on the Georgia houses next.  If you want to know more about any of the houses shown, feel free to ask.  I have brochures!

Thanks for stopping by. Comments always welcome.

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