Category Archives: Blue Ridge GA

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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This tourist railway normally runs a between Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Georgia/Coppherhill, Tennessee, following the Toccoa River for much of he route. I’ve not taken a trip with them (yet) but have heard great things about the pace, the views, and the vintage cars (you can choose from air-conditioned or open-air). Keep the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in mind if you’re traveling to the mountains.

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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot, 1905, Blue Ridge

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The beautifully restored Louisville & Nashville depot is an anchor of downtown redevelopment in Blue Ridge, and is now the jumping off point for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Blue Ridge

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Downtown Blue Ridge is a happening place. Nearly all the downtown storefronts are busy and many are being or have been refurbished. There’s obviously a good community spirit here. I hope locals will work toward getting their business district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It definitely deserves such a designation.

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Blue Ridge Pharmacy

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This old Rexall Drugs was one of the busiest places in town the day I was there. It’s always great to see an independent retailer doing so well.

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Gartrell Building, Blue Ridge

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This is one of numerous older buildings in downtown Blue Ridge that have been repurposed for modern businesses. They do a great job with these structures.

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Commercial Block, 1895, Blue Ridge

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This great commercial structure is presently occupied by Coldwell Banker. Donna Trotter Brumby writes that it was originally three stories.

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Marble-Front Bank Building, Blue Ridge

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This former bank has been beautifully restored and is now home to a cafe known as, what else, The Vault.

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