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Clarke County Historical Markers

The Taylor-Grady House

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: The Taylor-Grady House
  • Location: 634 Prince Ave., Athens


General Robert Taylor (1787-1859), a planter and cotton merchant,

built this Greek Revival home as a summer residence in 1839. Shortly

thereafter he moved his family here permanently from Savannah in

order for his sons to attend the University of Georgia.

Henry Woodfin Grady (1850-1889) lived in this house from 1865

to 1868 while a student at the University. His father, William S. Grady,

bought the house in 1863 and it remained in the family’s possession

until 1872. Henry Grady often referred to this house as “an old

Southern home with its lofty pillars, and its white pigeons fluttering

down through the golden air.” The 13 Doric columns are said to

represent the 13 original states.

As managing editor of the Atlanta Constitution, Henry W. Grady became

the spokesman of the New South. An impressive orator, he stressed

the importance of reconciliation between North and South after the

Civil War. The South today, with an economy balanced between

industry and diversified agriculture, has made a reality of Grady’s

dream for his native region.