Joseph Willis House, Atlanta

Circa 1840

Claims to be the oldest house in Atlanta

The home of one of DeKalb County’s earliest settlers, Joseph Willis. He was the owner of a Grist Mill on Utoy Creek. The home served as the headquarters of Major General Jacob D. Cox of the U.S. Army after the battle of Utoy Creek and during the siege of Atlanta.

Atlanta has some old, storied structures that weren’t burned down or paved over. Built around 1845, the Tullie Smith House may have the longest tale of them all. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the oldest standing structures within the city. It and the Joseph Willis House were built around the same time, though online sources list Tullie Smith as older.


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