A. D. Wiliams’s Lighthouse, Upson County

Fieldstone Lighthouse on Pond Near Yatesville GA Upson County Curiosity Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

From Anne McDaniel, here’s a history of this curious landmark: “Mr. A. D. Williams was a peach farmer. We think he was the first peach farmer to ship peaches out of Georgia. He had no children and the people who worked for him were treated like family. He built a dance pavilion in the middle of the lake across from his home and once or twice a month would have picnics for the workers and they would dance until the wee hours. He enjoyed bowling and he had a two Lane bowling alley in his basement.
  In the back of his home were formal gardens which was his life’s passion. There was an open fireplace there. There is a glass peach mounted on it. The city of Yatesville recently tried to buy the peach but the family would not sell it to them. On the side of his house he built a small pond where the lighthouse was built. It was on the side of a huge playground and a three hole golf course. The lighthouse was built as a novelty for people to enjoy. He provided entertainment for not only his guests but their children. When he died, the house and all the property was left to a nephew and they moved from Florida to Yatesville. His daughter, Lisa Williams, won the Georgia Junior Miss title. They sold the house to a family and the property and the house is in complete disrepair. Such a shame that this once grand place is in such a mess.”



Filed under --UPSON COUNTY GA--, Yatesville GA

10 responses to “A. D. Wiliams’s Lighthouse, Upson County

  1. Randy owenby

    Where is this located?

  2. Felicia

    Who’s is Anne McDaniel?

  3. Kay D. Peddie

    It is west of Yatesville on the north side of Logtown Road also called College Road.

  4. Pat goff

    Such a shame. It needs to be saved.

  5. Martha Barfield

    I know where this is. Maybe a call to Kimberly Kennedy could stir up some interest and she could do a piece on her daytime tv show. She is interested in all things and I know she would talk with you. (family girl who was raised at Rock Ranch)

  6. Billie Wood

    Does anyone know what year the house was built?

  7. Kyle

    The two lane bowling alley is in the attic. I used to know the kids of the man who owns the home. Last I went in there was 2011. Such a waste they let it go but it has some nice bones to it then to be restored.

  8. Barbara

    I’ve always been curious about that.

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