Tag Archives: Landmarks of Coastal Georgia

Georgian Cottage, Circa 1900, Isle of Hope


Local tradition per Sister Rodewalt, reputedly validated in the original property deed, suggests that three Benedictine monks who died during a yellow fever epidemic are buried in the front yard.

Isle of Hope Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Vernacular Cottage, Isle of Hope

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Gable Front House, Isle of Hope

There are quite a few houses of this common vernacular style in Isle of Hope, most dating to the first two decades of the 20th century.

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Upchurch House, Circa 1900, Isle of Hope

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Folk Victorian House, 1902, Isle of Hope

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The Shadows, Circa 1854, Isle of Hope

Also known as the Wylly-Bee-LeBey House, this raised Plantation Plain is an interesting variant of the popular style of 19th-century Georgia. Local tradition says that construction of the house was started by Wylly and completed by Barnard E. Bee. A later owner, Miss Ella LeBey recounted this story: Mr. Fred Wylly told my mother this…story. When the overseer and slaves were digging deep for the main chimney, an iron box with a ring in the top was discovered by the slaves and also human bones. The slaves thought it was a casket, quickly covering it over and the chimney was built. The Negroes were afraid of the haunting of the dead for disturbing the grave. Nothing was said until the chimney was almost complete and the overseer said the chimney was more valuable than any old pirate’s loot. After that, whenever the house was vacant people dug to find the treasure. Mrs. Chaplin [later owner] said she filled the hole with cement. Later we found reasons to believe she engineered the removal of the treasures because of the old watches and bracelets satin and velvet she showed my mother.

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Roland-Ellis-Cope House, 1850s, Isle of Hope

Though tax records indicate a construction date of 1864, that is likely the date of completion. It is thought to have been begun in the late 1850s and delayed by the Civil War.

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