By Associated Press - Sunday, April 5, 2020

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) - A house built more than 200 years ago by a friend of President Andrew Jackson is on the market in eastern Georgia.

But the nonprofit group selling the property in Hancock County requires that the buyer be willing to do repairs and rehabilitation work to preserve the home’s historic integrity,

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation wants $130,000 for the Alston-Wiley House built by Col. Robert West Alston around 1817. The home sits on 4 acres (1.62 hectares) in the small city of Sparta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Atlanta.

The home’s original Federal-style architecture saw some remodeling and additions right before the Civil War. The group says the interior needs significant rehabilitation, but it retains many of the home’s historic features including mantels, original plaster and hardwood flooring.

The home is being sold through the Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund program, which saves historic properties from demolition or neglect so they can be restored by new owners.



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