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Embrace the genteel South
Elegant Southern Antebellum with Acreage

930 Spring Street HISTORIC Washington, Georgia

With stately elegance, "Chantilly" stands majestically atop its small knoll just at the outskirts of Historic Washington, Georgia as if a reflection of the ever changing times and lives that have crossed her threshold... YET there is a strong CONSTANT here, a lifestyle thread that goes deep and is rooted and woven into the fiber of this graciously Southern antebellum home, situated on 20 beautiful, gentle rolling acres , surrounded by other large acreage holdings, of which additional acres may be possibly added to increase this true Southern Estate, with its numerous outbuildings, nostalgic barns, Carriage House style garage and complete with an 1800's cemetery across the field with wonderful wrought iron fencing.

"Chantilly", so named for the famous mineral springs that once were nearby down Spring Street has been home to many a prominent Georgian, one of the earliest being James Rembert DuBose, a member of the Georgia State Agricultural Society in the years after the Civil War . It was DuBose that assembled the Chantilly Estate in the 1820's through the 1850's and made most of the alterations to the original two-over-two Plantation Plainstyle house all prior to 1850 which included a monumental portico supported by four large Doric fluted columns. Under the portico is Wide flush siding.

In 1875 the heirs of James DuBose transferred the land to Charles E. Wingfield and in 1892 the property was deeded by Wingfield's widow to perhaps the most prominent of its previous owners, Frank Willis Barnett, a progressive farmer, producing four times the usual yield of cotton per acre, employing new farming techniques and specializing in breeding animals of all kinds.

It is in the farm ledger of Mr. Barnett that he had handwritten in the early 1900's a quote from a prominent French Quaker missionary which sums up the attitude and beliefs of many of those that lived their lives here and are still deep rooted at this place: " I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now! Let me not defer it or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."

The current owners are in possession of this ledger and other wonderful belongings that have been passed on throughout the generations which they hope to be able to share with the next owner.

Yes, the old South of slow days, ladies in hoop skirts gossiping on the porches and gentlemen smoking their cigars in the library while livestock graze in the lower fields and the wind whispers through the tall pines...lingers HERE still amid the magic of its tranquil and beautiful grounds of towering, sweet smelling magnolias, Camilla, pecan trees and grand ol' shady oaks....

Boasting over 5,000 square feet the elegant simplicity of the home is omni present. Its floor plan flows with a rhythm all its own through center halls and cross halls, up and down steps and staircases on to porches and balconies that embrace, intertwine and with doors flung wide, open the inside to God's grand out of doors.
Flanking the center entry hall is a formal parlor and formal library with the front floor to ceiling windows being triple hung (6/6/6). The center hall empties into the unique and interesting cross hall and directly through thick paneled walls into the formal dining room. At each end of the cross hall are doors with transoms and sidelights leading to porches with the cross hall also housing the beautiful staircase. Additionally on the main level is a bedroom, bath, the kitchen with fireplace and the old built in "pie"safe cabinets, an addition adjoining the kitchen has large room for keeping room, breakfast room or den along with large laundry room and a absolutely gorgeous "early" room with a wall of windows for superb views of the magnificent grounds and wide horizonal pine board walls showing traces of the original white wash patina.

Upstairs are 5 bedrooms (3 large & 2 smaller) each with grand views of the grounds. There are two full baths on this level. Most all the rooms in the home have lovely mantled fireplaces, tall elegant mantles in the formal rooms and wide heart of pine mantles in the kitchen. Beautiful wood floors throughout. All modern amenities including central heating and air. Circular paved drive, grounds with abundance of period plantings, flowers & shrubs---- Haven for animals including deer, turkey, birds...all area natural wildlife feel at home here and are seen often.

CHANTILLY is truly a very special, "one of a kind" , enchanting place on this earth. A TRUE HISTORIC TREASURE and an EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY for a New Owner.


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