Classic South / Thomson

The Rock House

Rock House Rd.
Thomson, GA 30824

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The Rock House is an 18th century dwelling and the only surviving house from the Colonial Wrightsboro Settlement (1768). Its builder, Thomas Ansley, used weathered granite, quarried in its natural form from the nearby geographic fall line as building material. The granite, along with pine timbers and cypress shingles gave the house a distinctive Georgia character. The architectural style of the Rock House is similar to stone homes in the Delaware Valley of New Jersey from where Ansley migrated. It is the earliest dwelling in Georgia with its original architectural form intact.

Ownership of the Rock House passed to Nicholas C. Bacon in the 1840s and in the 1880s to the Johnson family who maintained it as a working plantation until the 20th century. In 1955, Johnson heirs Effie Johnson Usry and Mary Ruth Johnson McNeill gave the house to the Wrightsboro Quaker Community Foundation Inc., who restored the house in 1981.

Info & Amenities

  • Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • First Friday Fests in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

    First Friday Fests in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

    05/06/2016 - 10/07/2016

    Mark your calendar for the first Fridays through October 2016, to attend free outdoor concerts on the lawn of the historic Rock House on Main Street Clayton, located in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains just 90 minutes from Atlanta. Sample foods from the farmers market and check out our local artists showing their wares. Enjoy a BBQ dinner for $5 by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

    Spend the weekend at one of our inns, enjoy gourmet dinners and outdoor decks. Plan a kayaking tr... read more