Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pomegranate Hall – Now a Crumbling Mansion

One of my favorite houses in Hancock County is Pomegranate Hall. Built in 1830 by Judge Nathan Sayre, this beauty was destroyed by fire in 2008. Efforts are underway to restore this historic home, but given that restoring historic homes, with all the codes, requirements and permits, I am not sure it can be done. It is located at 322 Adams Street, Sparta. Ga.

Judge Nathan Sayre, never married, had several children with one of his slave women and later lived with, but never married, Susan Hunt, who was part Cherokee, African, and Caucasian.

Here is an artist’s rendition of how that house have looked in its heyday.

Artist: Sterling Everett

 Here is a picture before it burned.

College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia

It is said that the house was built in NJ and brought down to Georgia. The porch is mounted by stairways on either side, and a balustrade runs along the front of the porch and down each stairway. Over the entrance is a graceful fanlight. Four Doric columns on square pedestals, not round or fluted but having 14 sides, support the porch.
Georgia Archives
Often called the "Half House," it may have received that name because the public only saw half a house. The house has false walls and a very unusual layout. Judge Sayre, retained his bachelorhood to the public eye while living with his common law wife Susan Hunt and their children in other parts of the house.

Hancock County is one of the poorest counties in Georgia but is rich with history and numerous historic sites, such as Glen Mary. See my post on Glen Mary here.

Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves
Georgia in Black and White: Explorations in Race Relations of a Southern State
Ambiguous Lives: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1789-1879

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