The Griffin-Baugh Cottage through the years. Have a photo of this facility you'd like to see here? Email us!
Located on the southeast corner of N. Wayne St and Montgomery St.
The small cottage has a rich history and Allied Arts, with the assistance of local historian Dr. Bob Wilson, is doing research to learn even more about its past- it is likely this little building was one of the first, if not the first, grocery store in Milledgeville.
In 1979, when the Marlor House was undergoing the initial restoration and adaptation, Allied Arts’ founder, Betty Snyder, learned that the then-owner of the cottage, Mr. Floyd Griffin, Sr., intended to dismantle it and use the lumber to build a funeral chapel. Snyder met with Mr. Griffin and explained that the building was the only surviving example of architecture from Milledgeville’s first decade and should not be destroyed.
After negotiations between Snyder and Griffin, the house was donated to the City of Milledgeville with the stipulation that it must be moved. Snyder approached Martha Bass Clarke, who owned the property directly across the street, and worked out a lease-to-own agreement between Clarke and the City of Milledgeville. Proposed uses for the structure discussed at that time included a small visitor’s welcome center, bed and breakfast, and visiting artist apartment.
On November 28, 1979, the house was moved to a temporary location at 251 North Wayne Street, which was directly across the street. Snyder had originally made plans to dig out a basement dining room, similar to what was at the original location, and set the house over it on a permanent foundation. Only basic maintenance work was able to be done on the house in the following years to keep it from further deteriorating.
The structure is about 500 square feet and at the time it was built, similar structures could be found on and around the East Washington Street area leading up to the front of the Statehouse. By the 1970’s, most of these houses were in disrepair and eventually torn down to make room for larger more modern structures. Architectural elements of the Griffin Cottage include a high, early Federal style mantle in the parlor flanked by windows with nine over nine lights, lending a somewhat formal balance and subtle sophistication to the room.
Allied Arts continues to work on this facility so that the community may be able to enjoy it.