Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Columns & widow's walk c. 1850
Acquired by Wm A. Pope I c. 1868
Porte cochere M. Pembroke Pope c. 1907
Pergola by M/M Pembroke Pope 1914
Virginia Tison Pope & William A. Pope II 1990
Erected 2002 by Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. 33° 44.244′ N, 82° 44.776′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of West Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) and Depot Street, on the right when traveling west on West Robert Toombs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 W Robert Toombs Ave, Washington GA 30673, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planters Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1840 Classic Revival (about 500 feet away); The Barrows House Hotel (about 600 feet away); Jesse Mercer’s Home (about 700 feet away); Hill-Irvin-Harris House 1877 Victorian (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Wilkes County Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); The Tupper House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Regarding Pembroke. Excerpt from the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the West Robert Toombs Historic District, of which the house is a contributing structure:
The M. P. Pope House was built by Dr. Felix Hay in 1825 using materials
from the old Masonic Temple which stood further up the street. This structure was enlarged and improved by Thomas Berry, who bought it in 1831 and later owned by Epatha Rees Bowdre, who is supposed to have added the widow's walk, an unusual feature in the South, especially in an inland location. After several alterations the building now has a Doric colonnade. It became the Pope home in 1866 when purchased .by W. H. Pope, a son of Alexander Pope, and is presently owned by Mrs. M. P. Pope. This house is of interest because of its association with prominent Washington families, its unusual widow's walk feature and its setting in formal gardens of boxwood.
Also see . . .
1. 217 W Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673. Real-estate listing for the property (sold in 2022) includes numerous photographs of the house interior, exterior and grounds. (Realtor.com) (Submitted on June 15, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. West Robert Toombs District (PDF). National Register nomination for the district, of which Pembroke is a contributing building. (National Archives) (Submitted on June 15, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.