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Home of Sarah Hillhouse

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
1. Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker
Inscription. This Federal style house was begun in 1814, by Sarah Porter Hillhouse who came to Washington in 1786, from Connecticut with her husband David. In 1801, David purchased the town’s first newspaper The Monitor, and when he died in 1803, Sarah became the first woman in Georgia to edit and publish a newspaper which she continued to run for more than a decade, along with the print shop her husband had established. Here she also printed the official records of the state legislature. Articles in The Monitor, which generally had a circulation of 700 to 800, give a vivid account of events of interest to the people of Washington in the early 1800’s. Mrs. Hillhouse's other business interests included trading in land and commerce. Her letters provide an interesting insight to life in early Washington. She was a successful businesswoman at a time when women were seldom active outside the home, and she helped to build a frontier village into a thriving community.

Her home was enlarged to its present form in 1869, when Gabriel Toombs acquired the property, and moved the end rooms from the Toombs Plantation on log rollers and added them to the house. Toombs and his descendants lived here for more than a century.
 
Erected 1995 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 157-32.)
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By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
2. Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.202′ N, 82° 44.127′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of East Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) and East Liberty Street, on the right when traveling west on East Robert Toombs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 East Robert Toombs Ave, Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Presbyterian Church (a few steps from this marker); Toombs-Anderson House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Episcopal Church of the Mediator (within shouting distance of this marker); Dyson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oliver S. Dyson House (about 400 feet away); Home of Robert Toombs (about 400 feet away); Tarver-Maynard House (about 500 feet away); Norris House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Additional keywords. Women, Newspapers
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USCommunicationsNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
3. Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker
Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
4. Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker
Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
5. Home of Sarah Hillhouse Marker
Home of Sarah Hillhouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
6. Home of Sarah Hillhouse
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By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
7. Sarah Hillhouse House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 954 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on December 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   7. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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