I am looking for any additionmal info (and preferably photos) of the following home site - originally owned by the Yancey family
please email me directly - Dennis Yancey - dyancey @ miami.edu
JOHNSON-MEYER HOUSE : Beaverdam District
The Thomas Meyer residence was probably built by Thomas Yancey prior to 1847. It is recorded that the house was standing on the property when 1,175 acres were acquired by Nathan Johnson in 1847 from the executors of Thomas Yancey’s estate (Deed Book R, 57). John Meyer bought the house in 1909, and it has remained in the same family since that time.
From the floor plan, it can be seen that although this house has an enclosed stair, it also has a very wide center hall (Fig. 44). The enclosed stair leads to the three rooms on the second floor, the third room being portioned from the space of the hallway below. A passageway is left from the stair across the front of the house to the other rooms upstairs. Closets were added in the bedrooms by the Meyer family.
The room to the rear of the living room, now used as a bedroom, was built for a commissary in which provisions needed in running the plantation were stored. A door opens from this room onto the back porch, probably for easy access of those who used it. A cellar, located under this room, was in use until recently when water seepage made it necessary to fill it in. The other additions on the first floor include a kitchen and dining room, both added after John Meyer moved into the house. The bathroom was added after 1940.
The front entrance is the most commanding feature of the house. The door is four feet wide, has a seven-light transom, and five lights on either side with wooden panels used beneath the glass section. Tuscan pilasters are used on either side of the door to support a full-entablature above the transom. The one-story front porch has double columns, which suggest the influence of the Federal period of architecture superimposed on the older Georgian “plain style” (Fig. 45).
End chimneys, six feet wide and thirty inches deep, were originally of brick laid on a granite base although one was replaced in 1917. Granite has been used for the new chimney. The original chimney that remains has been plastered to protect the clay mortar used when it was built. All fireplace openings have been closed, and the house is heated with gas space heaters.
Source: The Housing of Oglethorpe County, Georgia (1790-1860) by Ava D. Rodgers, Florida State University Press 1971)