Originally created 02/28/06

18th century fixer-upper is chance to own history



Throughout its long history, the Goodale House off Sandbar Ferry Road has been called many things - including the oldest brick home in Georgia.

This week, the 207-year-old landmark went up for sale again, spawning hopes by historic preservation officials that its next owner will keep the site intact.

"There are very, very few 18th-century houses left in this area," said Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta Inc. "And this is the only one that's brick."

Built in 1799 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as the Fitzsimmons-Hampton House, the Federal-style, multistory building has a most unusual pedigree.

The area - now flanked by Bobby Jones Expressway and mammoth chemical factories across Sandbar Ferry Road, was once a 500-acre plantation established by Thomas Goodale in 1740.

Mr. Goodale operated the Sandbar Ferry at the nearby river crossing, in addition to a restaurant and inn, according to early historical accounts.

In 1799, the year the home was built, the site was sold to a Charleston, S.C., merchant named Christopher Fitzsimmons, who later gave the home to his daughter's new husband, Wade Hampton Jr..

His son, Wade Hampton III, would become a noted governor of South Carolina.

In more recent years, the house was a restaurant in the 1970s and early 1980s, said Gwen Fulcher Young, whose real estate company is listing the property. The restaurant closed in the early 1980s, and the building has fallen into disrepair.

The current owner, Perry Lunsford, partially renovated the house and added a modern kitchen, bathroom and other amenities, but there is still a lot to be done.

The asking price is $250,000, and Mr. Montgomery thinks it is a meager sum for the opportunity to own a piece of Augusta history.

"One good thing about the location is that Bobby Jones Expressway is finished through here, and this area will get more traffic," he said. "If it became a business, it would probably do well."

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

Goodale House vital statistics



Year built: 1799

Style: Federal brick

Square feet: 5,000

Listed on the National Register of historic places: 1976

Asking price: $250,000