Originally created 10/04/04

Five questions



Mr. Baughman recently was hired as house museum manager of the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House on Broad Street. He lives nearby in the caretaker's cottage and takes part in public tours between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

1. What do you like most about the house?

"The old design is really amazing to me. The stairwell is outside. It's the only way to get upstairs. Harris had it designed that way so travelers could come and go and not bother his family."

2. So is it Augusta's oldest house?

"I think Meadow Garden (the home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton) might be older."

3. What do you think about Augusta's appreciation of history? Do we go overboard?

"I don't think you go overboard. There's so much history. I think it's appreciated, but it could be appreciated even more."

4. What's the coolest thing about the house?

"To think about all the history and change that has been witnessed from the porch - the building of the canal, the mills, the Confederate powder works. It's just incredible. I love living here."

5. They used to say the British hanged 13 patriots from the stairwell - one for each colony. Have you seen any ghosts?

"That's the question people ask most often. But no, I haven't. It (the hangings) did happen, just not at the Harris House. It was at the Mackey House down nearer the river."