Colley-Barksdale-Thomas Home, circa 1838

306 North Alexander Avenue

This grand and gracious Antebellum was built by Francis Colley around 1838 for his son, Henry F. Colley and wife, Isabella Harris Colley. Henry F. Colley was a captain in the Civil War where he met his death in 1862, but his widow continuing to live in the home the rest of her life with two surviving daughters, Mrs. Isabella Colley Denham and Miss Josephine Colley. It remained in the family and was "home" to the descendants of the original builder until 2005!

Nestled amid 1.93 acres of long established gardens with period plantings, rose gardens, magnolias and towering trees, this home is within walking distance of historic Washington, Georgia's quaint southern Town Square, shops, restaurants, museums, Little Theater, churches and more. Gracious wide verandas with swings and rockers, along with a private side screened porch provide space to enjoy the magnitude of its natural beauty. Picket fences adorn patio area with wonderful antique "play house", in close proximity are rose gardens, pool, pool house and detached 3 bay plus workshop garage.

Inside, the wide entrance hall, flanked on each side by two elegant parlors, leads into a most welcoming and grand formal dining room expanded by the addition of bays added during the Victorian renovations of the home. Ceilings soar. Heart of pine floors and chandeliers glisten as beautiful mantled fireplaces adorn most every room. A graceful staircase ascends to the second level and what a magnificent full view of the grand dining room one has when descending to greet guests!

The main level consist of a wide welcoming entry foyer, double parlors with pocket doors, graciously grand formal dining room, rear den/breakfast area with large windows overlooking picket fences, back patio and "play house", updated kitchen, butler's pantry with built-ins, half bath and spacious master bedroom with fireplace, wonderful bath, walk-in closet and private access to one of the parlors. Upstairs off the wide common center hall are four bedrooms/one bath (all with beautiful views of the grounds)and center hall door opening to balcony.

This home exemplifies the lifestyle and charm of past southern estates from lovely lush grounds with wonderful blossoms and the sweet garden fragrances of old updated with modern day amenities (private pool and pool house/garages and workshops) to the towering majestic columns gracing the front that span the two stories. Some can still hear piano notes from past recitals echoing through the gardens. Many a prominent guest has enjoyed true southern hospitality here throughout the decades. Enjoy the spirit and atmosphere of this very wonderful place as it continues on.

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