Fleming House in Kingsland

Fleming House, Kingsland

A Southeast Georgian news article lists the house as being the oldest house remaining in Kingsland.  It's more like the second oldest house.  My [Tara Fields] mother-in-law's house is a good bit older.  However, her house started out as the original Zion/Methodist Church.  My mother-in-law's house was built in 1896 and it's only a couple of blocks from the Fleming house.

Located on the corners of Hwy. 40 and Hwy. 17, the land this house is located on was purchased by Frank Pacetti from W.H. King, the founder of Kingsland, in 1906.  However, in just a few months Pacetti sold the house for several times its original purchase price.  This suggests that the house was built by Pacetti.

In 1919, A.H. Prince purchased the house.  However, the house changed hands several times.  J.F. Hughes and S.E. Brandon both owned the house.  By 1935 the Julia Peeples Fleming family had the property.  They would continue to hold the house until about the year 2000.  Mildred Fleming was the last one to live in the house, she died about 10 years ago [1987?] and it's been vacant since her death.

My records show that Julia Peeples Fleming died in 1978 - but as I believe her grave is unmarked I don't have proof of that.  She was buried in St. Marys' Oak Grove Cemetery.  I'm not sure who she was married to - I haven't researched the family very far.  The Flemings married into many of the old local families:  Peeples, Drurys, etc.  There are also some Flemings in Charlton County but I don't know what their relationship might be.

[Per Amy Hedrick's research, Julia Elizabeth Peeples was born 20 October 1886 and died 25 December 1978 the d/o James Wesley Peeples & Elizabeth Joanna Mills and she married Albert Ellenwood Fleming on 26 November 1902.]

I believe I remember my mother-in-law mentioning that there used to be a fish pond in the back.  HerMorning Glory from Fleming House childhood friend lived in the white house next door.  She used to look over the fence and wish she could explore the property!  In fact, when the house went on the market (before they fixed it up somewhat) she looked into buying it but they were asking too much for it.

My mother-in-law and I took a tour of the inside of the house.  It was full of clothes, furniture, dishes - all in disarray.  I was dismayed to find 70 year old books, family photo albums, clothes with their tags still on them - all out where the weather and cats could mess them up.  It was deplorable the condition the house had been allowed to fall into.  There were boxes of family papers - history - mildewing to ruin.  We couldn't walk into one of the upstairs rooms because the floor was collapsing.  It was strange being in a house that had been neglected for so many years, and still there were school photos of children on the mantles that must have been placed there shortly before the last sister died.  It was a very strange feeling to go through the house.  It was almost like someone was still living there and I was invading the house while they were away!

In 2000, new owners started doing some cosmetic work to the house.  The yard has been cleaned up, the fence repaired, the house painted.  They have put the house back on the market.  I'll try to get an updated picture of the house as the one above is rather old.

The house has a kitchen on the back, dining room, living room, about 3 bedrooms, and at least one bathroom.  I don't know if the current owners did any repair work to the interior of the house but I know they had the inside cleaned up.  If they haven't done any electrical or plumbing work, I'm sure that would need to be replaced.

Source:  The Southeast Georgian - Wednesday, 1 June 1994 Page 6A
"City's Oldest Homes Reflect Proud Heritage" by Andy Drury.

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