Thieves struck a 227-year-old Banks County historic site recently, stealing many items that helped to tell the history of the region.

The thefts occurred before Feb. 22 when thieves struck the Wynn Lake Road property, taking a large bell with identification marks BNC 2, two cast iron wash pots, a yarn spinner, tools for weighing cotton, and farm tools and implements.

In hopes someone will provide information leading to the return of all the stolen items, a $1,000 reward has been posted.

Fort Hollingsworth-White House was built in 1793 as a colonial defense establishment for local settlers in the area.

The fort, meant to protect settlers in the area, was adapted as a farm residence, principally by the White family.

Fort Hollingsworth-White House is operated by the non-profit organization, Friends of the Fort.

The mission of Friends of the Fort is to collect, preserve, share and promote the history of Fort Hollingsworth, Northeast Georgia and Appalachia.

Anyone with information about the individual(s) who took the items or where the items are located is asked to text (706) 244-1239. A theft report was filed with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office.


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October 14, 2017

Descendants of Joshua and Katherine Lane White met at Fort Hollingsworth-White House on Saturday, October 14, to unveil plans for a building to provide an assembly room and much needed restroom facilities.


In the 1860’s at the beginning of the Civil War, John Lane, brother of Katherine Lane
White, was killed in Tennessee. His property was divided among his sisters. Katherine, wife of Joshua White, was awarded the property known as the Fort Hollingsworth-White House or the Joshua White home place. Joshua and Katherine made the fort their home. They raised their family and lived out their life there. Roots of the White family run deep on the grounds of this place. Descendants can walk through the same rooms where our ancestors, birthed babies, prepared meals, nursed the sick and dying, watched their daughters marry and sent their sons off to war.

The family’s ancestral home site is recognized by The National Register of Historic Places by Georgia’s historic restoration and preservation authorities, and by academic historical courses of study. Fort Hollingsworth is a frequent destination by individuals for special events, public tours and private visits.