An excellent example of plain style Queen Anne architecture, the Woodlawn Plantation was constructed solely of cypress and cedar wood cut and sawed on the adjacent properties. The main house fell into disrepair in the 1960s and stood vacant for 25 years before becoming a labor of love for current owner Warren Ratchford. A lifelong Guyton resident, Mr. Ratchford began extensive restoration efforts in 1985 to save what was known as one of the area’s prized architectural structures.
Guided by local designer Ann Smith Wilson, the project gave great attention to saving the unique features of the house, including the hand-planed wood walls on the first floor, the original flooring and the Victorian corner fireplaces. Great care was taken to replace the broken windows on the first floor with antique glass salvaged from other portions of the house. The primary goal of the project was to ensure the preservation of as many original elements as possible.
In addition to the authenticity of many aspects of the main house, the project incorporated innovative use of the structure to add unique features and amenities. The original kitchen was relocated on the property, and it now serves as a private suite that includes a luxurious bath complete with Jacuzzi tub. The end result was the addition of overnight accommodations on the plantation grounds.