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Harrisburg-West End and Woodlawn Historic District

The Ezekiel Harris House, Circa 1797, is a reminder of the days when tobacco was the primary cash crop in Georgia. Following the Revolutionary War, the area which now includes Wilkes, Elbert, Franklin, Lincoln, Warren Oglethorpe and Greene counties was opened for settlement. Liberal land grants and rich soil attracted tobacco planters who had depleted their farmlands in Virginia and North Carolina by planting tobacco year after year. Towns sprang up around the tobacco inspection stations and warehouses. Tobacco merchant vied with tobacco merchant and town competed with town for the market. Competition was very fierce between Augusta and Harrisburg.

Ezekiel Harris House

The Ezekiel Harris House is located at 1840 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia. (Parking in rear of house on Welsh Lane)

Ezekiel Harris came to this area from Edgefield, South Carolina to build a town, which he hoped would rival Augusta. In September, 1797, he announced in the Augusta Chronicle and Gazette of the State that his warehouse was “in order to receive tobacco” and he offered accommodations for the planters in “a good frame house with a brick chimney [which] will be ready by the first of January 1798.”