Octagon House

This eight-sided house is believed to be the only such example of this architectural style in the Southeast. Approximately a thousand eight sided residences were built nation wide, mostly on the East Coast, during the mid nineteenth century. These peculiar homes were the genius of Orson Fowler, whose cottage manual The Octagon House A Home for All promoted octagonal home construction. Revolutionary for its time, the architectural text contended that eight sided houses “allowed for economy of space, admitted increased sunlight, eliminated square corners, and facilitated communication between rooms.” In April 1865, Union General Benjamin H. Grierson used the house as headquarters during his troops’ march through the Clayton area.