Sarah Hillhouse constructed this house in Washington, originally as a Federal Style home, in 1814. She came to the city with her husband David in 1798. In 1801, they purchased the towns first newspaper and when he died in 1805, she became the first woman in Georgia to own and edit which she did for more than a decade. She also ran a print shop which printed official records for the state. She also ran other businesses and was a very successful business woman. The home was enlarged to it present size and look in 1869 by Robert Toombs brother, Gabriel. The two ends of the house were former structures on the Toombs Plantation and rolled to where they are now.