Turner-Franklin Farmhouse | Bulloch County, GA | c. late 1700s
It might not look like much today but this home sheltered and grew generations of Georgia families. The heart of the home you see here dates back to the late 1700s when Benjamin Turner built a modest log cabin on this site, thought to be one of the oldest homes in this section of the state.
In 1866, a 21-year-old Jason Franklin returned home from the Civil War and purchased 1,306 acres from the Turner estate, including the cabin. Shortly after, he would marry his wife, America Rountree. They set out to expand the house to accommodate their growing family and enclosed the cabin in clapboard. Over time, they would have nine children, all of whom are born inside the walls of this house.
Jason was a farmer and also active in local politics, serving as clerk of the court from 1900 until 1904. The home also served the community in its own way. Two of Jason and America’s sons were doctors and would see patients in the rooms upstairs. One of their daughters was married in this home.
In 1906, Jason and his family moved to a bigger town nearby but kept this property in the family and would use it for family reunions.
As the years passed, it sat empty and fell into a state of disrepair with broken windows and peeling paint until 1949, when Mrs. H.V. Franklin Sr., a daughter-in-law to Jason, stepped in to repair the home.
She and her son H.V. Jr., did a full restoration of the home while keeping as many of its original components as possible, and extending the rear portion for a total of 10 rooms in the house. There were also 10 chimneys, 6 downstairs, and 4 upstairs.
Today it sits empty and forlorn, but if you look closely, you will find the traces of love that used to be here. Like the line of nine Live Oaks that were planted here in 1949 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Franklin and the 9 children they raised here.