Home of Sarah Hillhouse

Home of Sarah Hillhouse (HMGYS)

Location: Washington, GA 30673 Wilkes County
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N 33° 44.202', W 82° 44.127'

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This Federal style house was begun in 1814, by Sarah Porter Hillhouse who came to Washington in 1786, from Connecticut with her husband David. In 1801, David purchased the town's first newspaper The Monitor, and when he died in 1803, Sarah became the first woman in Georgia to edit and publish a newspaper which she continued to run for more than a decade, along with the print shop her husband had established. Here she also printed the official records of the state legislature. Articles in The Monitor, which generally had a circulation of 700 to 800, give a vivid account of events of interest to the people of Washington in the early 1800's. Mrs. Hillhouse's other business interests included trading in land and commerce. Her letters provide an interesting insight to life in early Washington. She was a successful businesswoman at a time when women were seldom active outside the home, and she helped to build a frontier village into a thriving community.

Her home was enlarged to its present form in 1869, when Gabriel Toombs acquired the property, and moved the end rooms from the Toombs Plantation on log rollers and added them to the house. Toombs and his descendants lived here for more than a century.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number157-32_MARKE
Year Placed1995
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 9:59am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 339232 N 3734314
Decimal Degrees33.73670000, -82.73545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 44.202', W 82° 44.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 44' 12.12" N, 82° 44' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 208 E Robert Toombs Ave, Washington GA 30673, US
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