Category Archives: Bowdon GA

Bowdon Inn, 1877

Bowdon GA Carroll County Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The history of this exemplar Queen Anne is a bit complicated. The National Register notes that it was built for Dr. Robert Monroe Lovvorn in 1877, but since Dr. Lovvorn (Bowdon’s other Dr. Lovvorn) was born in 1866, I find this highly unlikely. Perhaps it was built by his father, Colonel William Daniel Lovvorn. In the early 1900s, the house was owned by W. J. Whatley. It was later operated as the Dobson Hotel but came to be known as the Bowdon Inn while serving as a boarding house owned by Nathaniel McWhorter.

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. James L. Lovvorn House, Circa 1896, Bowdon

Bowdon GA Dr Lovvorn House National Register of Historic Places Victorian Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Dr. James L. Lovvorn (1862-1926) was the son of Edward & Nancy Lovvorn of Randolph County, Alabama. An 1886 graduate of the University of Georgia Medical Department, he was a well-known physician in Carroll County for many years. He married Carrie M. Johnson (1867-1959) in 1888. The house was built using plans by George F. Barber, one of the most prominent American residential architects of the Victorian era; gas lights and fireplaces were located in every room. Barber was a prolific architect and about 30 of his houses remain in Georgia. Dr. Lovvorn’s office was on the first floor.

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Bowdon United Methodist Church, 1909, Carroll County

Bowdon United Methodist Church Carroll County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This was built for the Bowdon Methodist Episcopal Church South by architect G. L. Cathcart. V. E. Lanford was the pastor and  I. H. P. Beck was treasurer. The building committee was: H. J. Reaves, W. A. McLendon, W. O. Lipham, J. M. Tarpley, W. T. Beck, J. H. Sherrill, and B. F. Barrett.

Bowdon United Methodist Church Carroll County GA Interior Curved Pews Stained Glass Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Roop House, Bowdon

Bowdon GA Landmark Roop House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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College Street, Bowdon

Bowdon GA Carroll County Downtown Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Bowdon Tire & Radiator

Bowdon GA Tire and Radiator Shop Garage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This may have been a car dealership at one time.

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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