This home was built in 1900 for Mrs. Margaret C. (Maggie) Gibbs Abercrombie, eldest of Dr. David Gibbs’s four daughters.  When her marriage to Thomas Anderson Abercrombie did not work out well, she and her children moved home to live with her daddy in the Gibbs home place.  Dr. Gibbs built this house for her and her three children on land adjacent to his own home, which is now known as the Gibbs-Mobley House.

Years later, the youngest Abercrombie, son Hugh, fell on hard times.  He died of acute alcoholism and the house (then known as the house at 24 Gibbs Street) was later lost to the bank.  The land had nearly washed away when Leason and Doris Hart bought it in the 1940s.  They restored the yards and tended the house with loving care for many years.

Mother Nature has not been too kind to the row of oaks that line the front yards of the houses on Hightower.  Through the years ice storms and hurricanes have decimated the oaks in front of this home.  The house made the front page of the paper when one large oak fell on the house while the Harts were in residence.

This home is one of the few larger homes in Social Circle that has remained a private residence, retained the original floor plan, and retained other features such as the original shutters and “wavy glass” windows.  It was constructed, inside and out, of cedar and heart pine from a nearby sawmill right down Hightower Trail toward Jersey.  At the turn of the century Victorian style was giving over again to the classic lines of Greek Revival architecture, a style evident in the design of this home.

Margaret C. (Maggie) Gibbs Abercrombie
(Nov 1855-    )

  • Dr. David Anderson Gibbs (1824-1901)
  • Margaret Ann Eliza Browning (1835-1897)
  • Martha L Gibbs (1858-1936)
  • Minnie Gibbs (1861-)
  • Myrtle Gibbs (1863-)
  • Thomas Anderson Abercrombie (1854-1893)
  • Mabel Abercrombie (1882-1905)
  • David Gibbs Abercrombie (1883-)
  • Hugh Means Abercrombie (1885-1923)