Goodwin House (Brookhaven, Georgia)
|Alternative names||Solomon Goodwin House, Goodwin's|
The Solomon Goodwin House is located at 3931 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, Georgia, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the Atlanta city limits. Dating back to 1831, it is the oldest building still standing in DeKalb County, Georgia and the oldest building "Inside the Perimeter". The home once headed up a 600-acre (240 ha) farm.
The area's first white settler was Harris Goodwin, a South Carolinian who homesteaded a tract on both sides of what is now Peachtree Road in the early 1830s. Harris Goodwin later brought his father, Solomon (d. 1850), to the area. As well as the home, and a small graveyard in which they are buried is located at the site.
It was built in 1831 as a log cabin. Between 1839 and 1842, the family built around the cabin, transforming the structure into a Plantation Plain-style home similar to the Tullie Smith House now located at the Atlanta History Center.
In October 2011, the owners of the house, the Martin sisters, great-great-great-great granddaughters of Solomon Goodwin, offered the house free of charge to anyone who would relocate it and maintain it.
- "Gaining a place in history book", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 7, 1994
- Goodwin House website
- Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1820s-1870s, Franklin M. Garrett, p. 103
- "DeKalb's oldest home may soon disappear: Brookhaven's Goodwin House for sale and could be demolished", Andisheh Nouraee, Creative Loafing, March 5, 2008
- "Free house, more than 100 years old, available in Brookhaven", Daniel Beauregard, The Champion (DeKalb County, Georgia), October 7, 2011
- "160 Years at Coveted Address", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 26, 1999
- Historic Dekalb County: An Illustrated History, Vivian Price, p.5