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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“The Folly”

 
 
"The Folly" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
1. "The Folly" Marker
Inscription. A dwelling has existed at 527 First Avenue since 1831 when Alfred Iverson wed Julia Forsyth, daughter of Georgia Governor John Forsyth. Elected to Congress in 1846, Iverson served in the Senate until Georgia seceded from the Union. Two sons served in the Confederate Army, one as a Brigadier General and one as a Lt. Colonel. During the War Between the States, local contractor Leander May surely knew of O.S. Fowler’s “A Home for All Seasons,” and not only built the front octagonal but also converted the Iverson home into a smaller octagonal. “The Folly” became a National Historic Landmark of architecture in 1973.
 
Erected 1985 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Columbus Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 27.378′ N, 84° 59.515′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on 1st Avenue 0 miles north of West 5th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 527 1st Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John McIlhenny Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (about 700 feet
"The Folly" and "The Folly" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
2. "The Folly" and "The Folly" Marker
away); Fourth Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Horace King (1807 - 1887) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Greene Bethune (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frontier Wars (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Boats (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  The Folly. A description of the house and the unusual double-octagon floor plan. (Submitted on September 12, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
"The Folly" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
3. "The Folly" Marker
Looking north at homes on the west side of 1st Avenue
"The Folly" image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
4. "The Folly"
"The Folly" has long been owned by a major figure in Historic Columbus preservation, and is painted in authentic colors.
"The Folly" image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
5. "The Folly"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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