Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb was an Athens legal advisor, government official, writer, lastly Confederate officer amid the American Civil War, in which he kicked the bucket at the Battle of Fredericksburg. His home on Hill Street in Athens was worked in 1834 and given to him as a wedding present by his dad in-law in 1844. As Cobb's riches developed, so did the house.
The generally unassuming Greek Revival property was ventured into an octagonal shape with the expansion of new wings. It stayed in the Cobb family until 1873, when his dowager sold it; it has since been a club house, a motel, and a diocesan office. The wonderful prewar house is open for guided visits and completes an especially fine instructive visit for class bunches finding out about American history.