Clicks and Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

The Oldest Home in Dekalb County Is Free for the Taking

Dekalb County's oldest home is free for the taking, as long as you can haul it to a new location.

The Solomon Goodwin house, hidden behind dense foliage on Peachtree Road in the heart of Brookhaven, desperately needs a new owner.  The house has been in the Goodwin family since construction (well, except for a small period at the turn of the 20th century) and is one of the few antebellum homes remaining inside the Perimeter.  Like the Rufus Rose House*, it's a rare reminder of a time when living on Peachtree didn't imply owning a townhome or condo.  

Pardon the cliché, but these are definitely walls I wish could talk.  Either Solomon Goodwin or his son Harris, the first white settlers in the area, built the house in the early 1830s.  Although their original land holdings included the surrounding 600 acres, only one acre remains.  They'd be amazed to see it completely hemmed in by a busy road, railroad tracks, and suburban development.  Or maybe they wouldn't;  Solomon and Harris remained on the land until very recently when their graves were moved off site.

The white clapboard Plantation Plain exterior was an early remodeling effort to hide the home's log cabin origins.  It served as a de facto rest stop for travelers on their way to Atlanta, with a trough fed by a spring wetting the whistles of their horses.  The Goodwins even supplied refreshments to more adversarial visitors when Sherman's troops came through the area.  The wood missing from a mantel in the home is evidence of the soldiers' need for kindling.

If someone does move the Goodwin House, it won't be the first time.  It originally sat at the corner of North Druid Hills and Peachtree Road where an extended stay hotel now stands.  Even though moving the home isn't the ideal scenario preservation-wise, it's light years better than the alternative.  Too many of Atlanta's historic buildings are only visible through photographs.  If you're interested in saving the Goodwin House, visit its website for more information.

* I should clarify that the Rufus Rose House is the oldest home remaining on Peachtree Street; the Goodwin House sits on the portion called Peachtree Road, making it the oldest home on the overall thoroughfare.

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