HISTORIC HOUSE IN BALL GROUND SAVED

Mitchell-Wofford House Given Second Chance

History Cherokee is pleased to share the news that one of the buildings on their Sites Worth Saving list will be preserved by Lee Lusk. Lusk is no novice when it comes to historic homes as he has renovated numerous properties throughout Cherokee County, including another Ball Ground site, the Wheeler House, which now operates as a special
events venue.

The Mitchell-Wofford House was added to the Cherokee County Historical Society’s Sites Worth Saving list in 2016. Located at the corner of Old Canton Road and Groover Street in Ball Ground, it is believed the home was built circa 1910. The house and its architecture is unique to Cherokee County with a hipped roof and neoclassical style porch which still boasts its original heart pine, curved, tongue and groove columns along the wraparound porch.

"The Mitchell-Wofford House has always been a uniquely beautiful home in Ball Ground,” stated Lusk. “My favorite aspect of the home includes its abnormally tall 12.5ft ceilings. From the road, the house sits low and appears to have a short ceiling height, but when you walk under the porch, the ceiling height takes you by surprise.”

The house has been vacant and neglected for almost 10 years. Both the Cherokee County Historical Society and the City of Ball Ground pursued the property owner for a number of years to either the sell the home or allow others to relocate it, but to no avail.

“As this was a property we have had our eyes on for years, it is a welcomed relief to see another historic home saved in Cherokee County. We applaud the efforts of the city officials as well as Lee and Brittani Lusk to preserve this important landmark,” stated History Cherokee’s Executive Director, Stefanie Joyner. “Unfortunately, there are many more historic properties in Cherokee County threatened by neglect or development so we celebrate this victory.”

Lusk and his wife, Brittani, look forward to beginning renovations in early 2021 and bringing the Mitchell-Wofford House back to life once again. Lusk plans to apply for Historic Preservation Tax Credits to make the project more financially viable. These preservation tools include a property tax freeze for 8½ years and tax credits up to 45% of the renovation expenses.

History Cherokee’s Sites Worth Saving list contains a record of threatened historic properties in Cherokee County representing the diverse architecture and history of the area. For more information or to nominate a property, please visit https://www.rockbarn.org/historic-sites-worth-saving/.

About History Cherokee: Located in historic downtown Canton, History Cherokee is committed to historic preservation and education throughout the county. History Cherokee offers visitors the opportunity to explore Cherokee County history from Native American inhabitation to events shaping the county today. In 2020, History Cherokee became the official umbrella brand identity for the Cherokee County Historical Society, Rock Barn, and forthcoming Cherokee History Center.