Seclusaval and Windsor Spring

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Seclusaval and Windsor Spring
Seclusaval, photographer facing NW 2 (2).JPG
Seclusaval, a Sand Hills-type cottage
Seclusaval and Windsor Spring is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Seclusaval and Windsor Spring
Seclusaval and Windsor Spring is located in the US
Seclusaval and Windsor Spring
Location Junction of Windsor Spring Road and Tobacco Road, Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°23′5″N 82°4′21″W / 33.38472°N 82.07250°W / 33.38472; -82.07250Coordinates: 33°23′5″N 82°4′21″W / 33.38472°N 82.07250°W / 33.38472; -82.07250
Built 1843
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 87001331[1]
Added to NRHP October 11, 1988

Seclusaval and Windsor Spring is a historic property in Richmond County, Georgia that includes a Greek Revival building built in 1843.[2]

It was deemed notable historically in several ways:

  • for its association with the historic Windsor Spring Water Company that sold water from the spring on the property
  • for having a short but intact part of historic Tobacco Road, a road which connected Savannah River docks to the big tobacco plantations of the county. Tobacco was brought to the river in hogsheads drawn by mules. This road section was never paved.
  • for being the nucleus of a settlement of relatives of Valentine Walker, a settlement that might have been the basis for a town or city, but which remained a small family settlement.[2]

It is also significant for the architecture of the main house on the property, Seclusaval, which is a "Sand Hills-type cottage". Sand Hills-type cottage architecture is a local, modified form of Greek Revival architecture. The form has symmetry, wide entablatures, and classic columns of the Greek Revival style. And the front doorway of the house has a rectangular transom with side lights, also consistent with Greek Revival style. But it also has a "one-story, high-pitched side gable roof, three gable dormers, and a full-facade porch" that characterize the Sand Hills variation. Seclusaval is "an excellent example" of this type.[2]

The property has eight contributing buildings and two other contributing structures (a spring house and a pavilion). The buildings are the main house, a slave cabin, a playhouse, a well house, a privy, a pantry, a smoke house, and a barn.[2]

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. (August 11, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Seclusaval and Windsor Spring" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 8, 2016.  with 19 photos from 1986