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Habersham County Historical Markers

Toombs-Bleckley House

  • Source: Byron Hooks
  • Marker: Toombs-Bleckley House
  • Location: 172 Jefferson Street in Clarkesville


On this site Colonel S. A. Wales built a house in 1835. Robert A. Toombs (1810-1885), United States Congressman, Senator, and Secretary of State, of the Confederate States, purchased it in 1879 for a summer home. General Toombs sold the property to Judge Logan E. Bleckley (1827-1907) in 1884. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1897 and the present structure was built on the same site immediately thereafter.

Judge Bleckley was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia 1875-1880, and was Chief Justice 1887-1894. Occasionally, the other members of the Court met with Judge Bleckley at this place for conferences on its work. Judge Bleckley was unique figure in Georgia’s judicial history and was one of the most outstanding Chief Justices of the Supreme Court. He died at his residence here on March 7, 1907.