Category Archives: Darien GA

Hilton House, Circa 1879, Darien

Built by Colonel Joe Hilton, a principal in the Hilton-Dodge Mills on St. Simons Island and in Darien, this house remains in largely original condition. It is also known as the Hilton-Wilkins House. It is a centerpiece of the historic Vernon Square neighborhood, originally laid out by General Oglethorpe. Later owners have worked admirably to maintain the home’s historic integrity.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old City Cemetery, 1736-1806, Darien

One of the earliest documented European cemeteries in Georgia, Darien’s Old City Cemetery is all but gone today. The Highland Scots who first settled Darien’s predecessor, New Inverness, were buried here. The only preserved section of the cemetery contains the crypts of two Loyalists, enclosed in a brick and stone fence. Other earlier known burials were: Hugh Clark, John Cunningham, Donald Fraser, John Grant, Major Elisha B. Hopkins, James MacKay, Archibald McBean, Alexander McDonald, Lt. Colonel William McIntosh, Thomas McKenzie, Angus McLean, Donald McLeod, Hugh Morrison, Alexander Munro, Alexander Murray, David Stewart, Robert Sutherland, Colonel Abitha Thomas.

The two visible crypts contain the remains of John Cunningham [1767-22 June 1806] and his sister, Margaret Cunningham Pearis [1775-18 April 1805]. Margaret was the wife of South Carolina Loyalist Richard Pearis. John and Margaret’s father, Brigadier General Robert Cunningham, was exiled to Nassau, Bahamas and received a land grant from the King for his loyalty. He was well-known in the Bahamas and died there in 1813.

 

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Gable-Front House, 1940, Darien

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Folk Victorian Shotgun House, Circa 1900, Darien

This iconic shotgun house is located on the edge of the historic Mentionville community.

West Darien Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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St. John Baptist Church, 1920, Darien

This congregation was organized on 22 June 1905 by Reverend J. Rogers and the church building, still in use today, was  dedicated in July 1920.

West Darien Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Patelidas Bungalow #1, 1940, Darien

This is one of three nearly identical Crafstman-inspired gable-front bungalows built by Gen or Stelio Patelidas as rental properties in 1940 [to my understanding]. I believe at least one  is presently being restored.

West Darien Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Fire House, 1884, & Masonic Lodge, 1895, Darien

Best known as City Hall today, this was originally built as a single-story engine house for the Board of Fire Commissioners in 1884. A second floor was added in 1895 for use by the McIntosh Dragoons and the Masons. Remodeled as a service center by Mrs. Talbot Smith in 1944, it was home to the USO during World War II. Since then it has been used by the police and fire departments and the second floor was used as the public library until the construction of a more modern facility on U. S. 17.

Vernon Square-Columbus Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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