Orna Villa

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Orna Villa
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Orna Villa is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Orna Villa
Orna Villa is located in the US
Orna Villa
Location 1008 N. Emory St., Oxford, Georgia
Coordinates 33°37′24″N 83°52′2″W / 33.62333°N 83.86722°W / 33.62333; -83.86722Coordinates: 33°37′24″N 83°52′2″W / 33.62333°N 83.86722°W / 33.62333; -83.86722
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1825
Architect Richard K. Dearing
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 73000636[1]
Added to NRHP January 29, 1973

Orna Villa, also known as the Alexander Means House and the Means/Tanner House, is a historic Greek Revival house located on Emory Street in Oxford, Georgia. Built in 1825, it is the oldest house in Oxford. The house is a work of Richard K. Dearing.

The home was owned for a time by Alexander Means, a founder and president of Emory College (the original site of which is now Oxford College of Emory University) and was used as a hospital during the American Civil War. The house has been featured in works on haunted houses because of its alleged association with the ghost of Tobe Means.[2][3][4] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1973.[1] Orna Villa was the location of a college frat party in The Vampire Diaries.[5]

It is a contributing building within the Oxford Historic District which also is NRHP-listed.[1]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Michael Norman, Beth Scott (2007). Historic Haunted America. Macmillan. pp. 89–90. ISBN 0765319705. 
  3. ^ "Walking Tour of Oxford". City of Oxford. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Amber Pittman (October 24, 2010). "Phantom Folklore: Orna Villa". Covington News. 
  5. ^ "‘Vampire Diaries’ films for 4th season". Covington News. Retrieved 2012-10-20.