Funds needed to save Social Circle historic house

SOCIAL CIRCLE — One historic home in Social Circle is at risk of being demolished if enough funds aren’t raised to relocate it.

The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) seeks to save the former home of Celeste Dupree, which is known as the Akridge-Clegg-Sigman House. So far the group has raised about $40,000, but an additional $7,000 is needed to move the house from its current location on the property of First Baptist Church of Social Circle.

HPSSC President Dena Johnson said the church wants the property where the house is located for future expansion plans and the house would be demolished if it’s not relocated.

“Celeste grew up in this house and it dates to pre-Civil War times,” Johnson said. “We’ve lost too many historic homes so we really want to be able to preserve this one. Celeste rescued 15 homes in Social Circle including the home known as Magnolia Manor. She was a great woman who loved her hometown.”

HPSSC seeks public donations by March 15 in order to save the house from being demolished. If the $7,000 is raised, the house will be relocated to the property behind Magnolia Manor off North Cherokee Road.

Johnson said the house will be renovated and used as a guest house for the events being held at Magnolia Manor.

Those willing to donate to save the Akridge-Clegg-Sigman House can send a tax-deductible donation to: Social Circle Main Street Attention: Celeste Dupree Grant Fund P. O. Box 612 Social Circle, Georgia 30025.

For more information, contact Mike Miller of the Heritage Welcome Center at 770-464-1866.