Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Dugas Home
This home was built by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dugas, French refugees from Santo Domingo, in the early 1790s. Here, until 1810, Mrs. Dugas conducted the Boarding School for Select Young Ladies which was attended by the daughters of many of Georgia’s outstanding early settlers. In this home was born Louis Alexander Dugas (1806-98) who became one of the State’s most distinguished physicians and surgeons. Educated at home, he studied medicine under Dr. John Dent, later was graduated from the University of Maryland, and after spending some time in Europe as a student returned to settle in Augusta, Georgia. A founder of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Dugas was for many years Professor of Surgery there. He was President of the Medical Society of Augusta and of the Medical Association of Georgia, and from 1851 to 1858 edited the Southern Medical and Surgical Journal. During the War Between the States he served as Volunteer and Consulting Surgeon of Military Hospitals.
In later years this home was occupied by Dr. Thomas Dunwoody, distinguished Presbyterian minister, pastor of the Washington Presbyterian Church.
Erected 1961 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 157-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
Location. 33° 44.172′ N, 82° 43.921′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of East Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) and Poplar Drive (Georgia Route 17), on the right when traveling west on East Robert Toombs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 E. Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); K.A. Wilheit House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisteria Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sims-Beggs House (about 300 feet away); Queen Anne Style (about 500 feet away); Tarver-Maynard House (about 600 feet away); Home of Robert Toombs (about 600 feet away); Oliver S. Dyson House (about 700 feet away); Dyson House (about 700 feet away); The Episcopal Church of the Mediator (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Regarding Historic Dugas Home. The home was apparently built as a one-story home, with numerous additions over the years. The columns and portico, which give the house its massive appearance, were added by Rev. Dunwoody. This addition is
Also see . . .
1. Louis Alexander Dugas. Louis Alexander Dugas, physician, born in Washington, Georgia, 3 January 1806. His parents were of French ancestry, and emigrated from Santo Domingo, W.I. He was educated at home studied medicine with Dr. John Dent, and in 1827 was graduated at the medical department of the University of Maryland. (Submitted on November 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Dr. Louis Alexander Dugas - Find-a-grave. Dr. Louis Dugas came from an accomplished and well-educated French West Indies family. He studied under renowned professors and physicians in Philadelphia, Maryland and France. (Submitted on November 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Washington Presbyterian Church. Washington Presbyterian Church is a historic Presbyterian church at 206 E. Robert Toombs Avenue in Washington, Georgia. The church was founded in 1790, with the building constructed in 1825. (Submitted on November 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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