Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
with a full daylight English
basement unpainted for 100
years. Constructed of hand
planed virgin pine
Oliver S. Dyson, Founder
Wilkes Telephone & Electric Co.
Erected by W-WHF (Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 33° 44.196′ N, 82° 44.063′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is on East Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) west of Poplar Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is planted in the lawn of the house, to the left of the front walk when facing the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 East Robert Toombs Avenue, 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. Home of Robert Toombs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Episcopal Church of the Mediator (within shouting distance of this marker); Tarver-Maynard House Toombs-Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Anne Style (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Sarah Hillhouse (about 300 feet away); Washington Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); Wisteria Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
More about this marker. The marker and house are within the East Robert Toombs Historic District (a National Historic District), for which the Dyson House is a contributing structure.
Regarding Dyson House. The antebellum home with a twin staircase at its front entry is also known as the Sandifer-Wingfield-Irvin-Dyson House. It was built in 1820 by Harris Sandifer, a harness maker who ran his shop from the home. Subsequent owners Frank Wingfield, Isaiah Tucker Irvin II, and later his widow, enlarged the original structure.
(Source: Image hbo0010, Hubert B. Owens Collection, box 45, Owens Library, University of Georgia, Athens, GA)
Left bare for its first 100 years, the house's exterior is today painted white with black shutters.
Additional keywords. Sandifer, Wingfield, Irvin, East Robert Toombs Historic District
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