Ware-Lyndon Historic House Museum

Public Reading: Composing the Past
Original works inspired by the Ware-Lyndon House
Tuesday March 20, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to host a public reading at the Ware-Lyndon House.  Works created during the winter session, Composing the Past, Writing in the Ware-Lyndon House, are featured. Edward Stephens, a published short fiction and poetry writer and MFA candidate at Goddard College in Vermont, led this writing workshop.

Taking cues from the rooms of the historic Ware-Lyndon House, each participant crafted poetry and short fiction that reanimated the preserved historic atmosphere with new life. The conclusion of this workshop is the public reading of original works as well as a printed anthology available to the visitors of the Ware-Lyndon House Museum.  

The reading will be held in the Ware-Lyndon House on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm.

For more information, please call 706 613 3623.
The Lyndon House Arts Center is located at 211 Hoyt Street, Athens GA 30601 and is a facility of the ACC Leisure Services Department.

About the House
The Ware-Lyndon House is a circa 1840s late Greek Revival home with Italianate influence. It is the last remaining house in Lickskillet, the once fashionable 19th century in-town neighborhood. The interior has been restored and arranged with decorative art and furnishings of the period. The historic display room features artifacts (with informative labels) that are relevant to the historic house and to the history of Athens.


Prominent Athens physician Edward R. Ware built this residence around 1850. The property extended northward to the banks of the Oconee River and contained a large wooded tract to the west. Much of the northern and western tract had been sold off for railroad rights of way by the time Edward S. Lyndon bought the house in 1880. Dr. Lyndon, a successful druggist, also owned a millwork company on the western tract that eventually became the Athens Lumber Company.

  • 1939: The City of Athens acquired the Ware-Lyndon House for government offices, making it the first building other than City Hall owned by the city.
  • 1950: After serving as the site of the local USO in World War II, it came under the auspices of the newly formed Recreation Department.
  • 1960: The Ware-Lyndon House was restored.
  • 1973: It launched Athens's first government-sponsored community arts program to include education, exhibitions, community-based programs, and resource services. The Lyndon House Arts Foundation Inc. was created to assist in the development, maintenance, and operation of the Lyndon House Art Center. 
  • 1976: The Ware-Lyndon House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1988: It was locally designated as a Historic Landmark.
  • 1994: Athens voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax  which included a provision for a significant addition to the Lyndon House Arts Center.

For more on the historic Ware-Lyndon House:

Ware Lyndon Historic House-Letter written by Edward Ware to his brother

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