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

The Rankin House

 
 
The Rankin House Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
1. The Rankin House Marker, Side 1
Inscription.
Side 1:
James A. Rankin came to Columbus from Ayrshire, Scotland and in 1839 married Agnes Affleck. Mr. Rankin was a planter and owner of the Rankin Hotel and Rankin Realty Co. This high style Italianate mansion was built between 1860 and 1870. Lawrence Wimberly Wall was the architect. In 1898, the Rankin House, valued at $18,500, was the finest home in Columbus. After the Civil War, Mr. Rankin returned to Scotland and turned the home over to his eldest child, Mrs. Emma Jane Rankin Lockhart. Two of his sons, Edwin and John A. became prominent local businessmen. Granddaughters of James A. Rankin, Mrs. George Walden and Mrs. Albert Driver, lived in the home until the 1950ís.

Side 2:
Miss Emily Woodruff donated the house to the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. as a memorial to her father, James Waldo Woodruff, Sr. The courtyard is a memorial to Charlie Frank Williams, Sr. Restoration and furnishing were accomplished through the Foundation, the Junior League of Columbus and the Columbus Town Committee of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. The fence formerly surrounded the Broadway townhouse of Civil War General Henry Lewis Benning.
 
Erected 2000 by The Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc., Descendants of James A. Rankin, and the Historic

The Rankin House Marker, Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
2. The Rankin House Marker, Side 2
Chattahoochee Commission.
 
Location. 32° 28.431′ N, 84° 59.413′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Second Avenue (Georgia Route 85) just south of 15th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1440 Second Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philip Thomas Schley (within shouting distance of this marker); Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Robert Winship Woodruff (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); High Uptown Historic District / Garrett-Bullock-Delay House (about 400 feet away); Haiman's Sword Factory (about 400 feet away); Bullard-Hart-Sampson House (about 500 feet away); General Benning (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tyler Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  The Rankin House website. (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Rankin House Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
3. The Rankin House Marker, Side 1
Looking north on Second Avenue
The Rankin House Marker, Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
4. The Rankin House Marker, Side 2
Looking south on Second Avenue toward downtown Columbus
The Rankin House Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
5. The Rankin House Marker, Side 1
The Rankin House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
6. The Rankin House
Construction began in 1860 and was finished after the Civil War.
The Rankin House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
7. The Rankin House
The fence surrounding the Rankin House was originally installed at General Benning's town house on Broadway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 632 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 9, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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