Friday, June 26, 2009

Endangered Property: Cherry Cottage

Cherry Cottage

204 Water St.

Washington, GA 30673

C. 1819

Cherry Cottage is one of the oldest existing buildings in Wilkes County. Its lot was bought by Constantine Church from the town commissioners in 1784. Though its exact date of construction is unknown, several different sources list the house’s construction as no later than 1819. The building was later named Cherry Cottage in the mid 19th-century by Miss E. M. and Miss M. L. Barnett in reference to the cherry trees planted in its yard.

Later, the home was donated for use as the headquarters of the Washington-Wilkes Garden Clubs. Cherry Cottage is one of the oldest existing buildings in Wilkes County. The building is a one-and-a-half story wood sided home containing 3,408 square feet, consisting of five bedrooms, two baths, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and library. Its lot is 1.10 acres and cannot be subdivided.

The house is in good condition, but some repairs are necessary in the kitchen and utility room. Interior fireplaces and exterior paint are also in need of maintenance. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and may be eligible for several financial incentives, including an 8 1/2 year tax abatement and tax credits for substantial rehabilitation.

New Price: $155,000

Down from $175,000

Contact: Kate Ryan Programs Manager 404-885-7817

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