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"Pleasant Shade"
The Dugas-Haynes Home c.1790
309 East Robert Toombs Avenue
HISTORIC Washington, Georgia

In a home on this site, built in the early 1790's, was born in 1806 the famous physician, Louis Alexander Dugas, whose history and attainments are recorded on a historical tablet on the premises by the Georgia Historical Commission.

Standing majestically as if gazing down the old lane towards Town, solemnly reminiscing the ever changing landscape.... this Greek Revival mansion has stood watch and presides gracefully still, as the town folks come and go, time passing with every sunrise and sunset... watching as other beautiful homes have sprung to existence near by , yet "Pleasant Shade", so named after one of the previous owners ancestral homes in Virginia, holds firm to its own unchanged, pristine world within the private confines of its 1.39 acre grounds of mature plantings, magnolias, oaks and broad landscaping possibilities.

Massive fluted columns (the largest in Historic Washington, Georgia) grace the front and are constructed from enduring virgin bald cypress from the Augusta cypress swamps built to last forever, as is the remaining exterior of the home, also of the same enduring cypress! Carefully renovated, approved principles of historic restoration, including appropriate paint colors and surfaces have been maintained. Federal elements of the original 1798 structure were left intact when the 1840-1860 renovation was accomplished.

Upon entering this grand old home, one is truly transported "back in time" with wonderful architectural features, huge pane windows, soaring ceilings and a simple, lovely ascending staircase. There are center halls on both levels and mantled fireplaces in most every room. A spacious grand ballroom spans the rear of the home. Boasting approximately 5,244 Square Feet there are 15 rooms not including the wide center halls up and down.

Many prominent and interesting people have called this place home: the Wingfields' (James who is believed to have begun the house came from Virginia in the early 1780s with his brothers John and Thomas), Charles Bolton (a wealthy merchant who purchased the home sometime in the early 1800's and added the upper story) In a newspaper column it was stated that the Bolton sons were great sportsmen "and one never seemed to pass the place without seeing horses, grooms and stylish vehicles" The side door under the small portico was called "the riding door" , Rev. James B. Dunwoody added the columns in 1860 (a Presbyterian minister who performed the wedding ceremony for Miss Bullock and Mr. Roosevelt, the parents of President Theodore Roosevelt, it was home to the Abram Franklin family in the latter 1880's and at the turn of the century home of the Fielding Hill Ficklen family. John Callaway in the early 1900's and others along the way....
The current owner has lovingly called " Pleasant Shade" home for some thirty (30) years along with her collection of outstanding antiques. A lifelong collection of discerning nineteenth century furnishings will be separately available to the next owner should they be interested. Pleasant Shade is nestled along one of the towns main historic Avenues within walking distance of the Historic Town Square, Shops, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes and the oldest public library in the state. Historic Washington, Georgia is steeped in HISTORY and CHARM located an easy drive to Athens, Georgia (40 miles west) and Augusta, Georgia (50 miles east)....

COME VISIT....STAY for a lifetime! More than just a place, its a LIFESTYLE...

Awesome and Amazing "Pleasant Shade" is being offered for the FIRST TIME in 30 years.

An Exceptional Opportunity Awaits...Call or email for private showing!!
You WILL NOT be disappointed!
Deborah Rainey, Broker 706-318-5263

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