Ancestral Homesite - Fort Hollingsworth

I recently introduced readers to my ancestor, Jacob Hollingsworth, in my post entitled "Disproving a 'Proven' Lineage". While doing some internet research on Jacob I ran across some articles about the home he built upon his arrival in Georgia circa 1792 called Fort Hollingsworth. It is listed on theNational Register of Historic Places.

Soon after he arrrived, Jacob discovered that the land granted to him by the State of Georgia was actually in Indian Territory. Jacob built the fort for the protection of his family and others nearby. The issue was settled about 1796 when the Cherokee Nation ceded a four mile strip of land to the U.S. and the fort became a log home.

A complete history of the structure can be found at This site has many photos and purchases can be made to help support the maintenance of the old fort. Although privately owned, the fort is operated by a non-profit organization called Friends of the Fort. It is opened to the public once each May and again at Christmas.

This photo is found on the Banks County Chamber of Commerce website.

The following was written in 1997 by Bonnie Hollingsworth (whose husband is a descendant of Jacob) and appears on the Roadside Georgia website. She does a wonderful job of bringing this old fort to life and since I have never been there I could never begin to describe it.

A Step Through the Door of History

A drive down Wynn Lake Road, from Hollingsworth Community in N. Georgia, will take you to Fort Hollingsworth now commonly referred to as the White House. The two became one just before the Civil War, about 1860. Fort Hollingsworth was built circa 1792/1793, by Jacob Hollingsworth and appears on a 1793 map of the area. Around 1860, the fort was purchased by the White family, who built an addition to the fort, to make it into a typical farmhouse of that era. Mr. White recognized both the quality of the workmanship in the fort, and the historical significance of it, and refused to let it be altered or destroyed. A window was added, badly needed for family living conditions.

Helen D. Thomas put together a short documentary of Fort Hollingsworth and can be viewed here. Be sure to listen to the audio as well.

This will definitely be on my list of places to visit on my next ancestry "road" search.


Paul Maney said...

My great grandmother lived there as a kid Rosie White she married Rowan Maney they're at Rock Springs Cemetery in Hollingsworth