The Watson-Sawyer House in Hamburg, Arkansas is a Greek Revival I-house with Italianate details built in 1870. It was built by D.E. Watson in 1870 after his family had outgrown the three-bedroom he had originally built for them. After coming to Hamburg from South Carolina with his wife in a covered wagon in the 1860s, he opened a hardware store in town and eventually built this home. It is a 2-story house that is symmetrical with a center portico with pairs of windows on either side.
The house is rectangular and has a gable roof and can best be described as “provincial” style. Each end of the house has an exterior chimney that projects from the gable end. The front entry has double-paneled doors on both the first and second floors.
The interior of the house has a central hallway with one room on either side. There is a single flight of stairs made of walnut that go to the second floor. On the first floor, the rooms have paneled wainscot and decorative cornices. The original oak floors are still in the house.
In 1949, a 1-story addition was built onto the back of the house. In 1961, the original square porch columns were replaced with fluted columns that had been salvaged from an older house in Hamburg that was being demolished.
This structure is still in excellent condition and exudes southern elegance as it sits on a large lot and is meticulously landscaped. It is near the downtown area of town and is significant because E.D. Watson played an important role in the development of the town.
By 1870 when the house was built, Watson’s family had grown to seventeen and his business was prospering. So he built this impressive home which is one of the finest homes in Ashley County.