Location: Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia
On the way to Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, we decided to try a different road, Roosevelt Highway, when leaving Greenville. Autumn leaves were in the stages of turning, before flaming and falling off the trees. The scenic route seemed best with curved country roads and dappling sunshine. It was a decision that did not disappoint.
Before entering the main square of Warm Springs, to the left was a massive old white house with a fairly large sign at the entrance: Oakland Plantation Inn, built in 1829. I wished to stop and gaze awhile, but the truck was traveling too fast and the unknown plantation was not spotted quick enough.
On the way back home, I took the different, less traveled road once again to prevent regrets of never seeing this place. As of June 28, 1982, Oakland has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Meriwether County, Georgia.
A more interesting factor of this home is the architectural style. It seems to have rigid rules of symmetry, especially in the front. Upper and lower levels square off perfectly.
Another thing I noticed were the two front doors above and below. After a little research, the reasons vary, but I can only guess it was a symmetrical desire. Not to forget the square columns sitting atop a brick base. And the bluish color ceiling with fan perfectly centered within the ceiling and with the lighting below. Really, the distinctive features only left me with more questions.
After calling locally to inquire about the plantation and doing research, the only thing found with information was the National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. This form usually gives a physical description and reason for significance. Some interesting details were given as to how the interior of Oakland looks:
“The interior plan of Oakland is four rooms over fours rooms without a central hallway. The east rooms each contain enclosed, tight winder stairways which lead to similar sized rooms above. Downstairs, all rooms have connecting doors, and on the second floor there are also connecting doors except between the two rooms on the east side of the house. Ceilings are eleven feet high throughout the house. Floors are wide, heart of pine except in the southeast room downstairs where narrow pine floor- boards have replaced the old floor.”
In my opinion, symmetry seemed of utmost importance, noticeable inside and out. Though reasons for all of the details are lost to long ago figures never recording why. The owner, Colonel Alfred Wellborn, one of the areas more prominent planters, arrived around the time Meriwether became a County. It is impressive to fathom this was nearly two centuries ago. Much has changed but the home still remains.