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Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman

The Bowman City Cemetery was renamed Hillcrest in 1947. Many of the gravestones and the pavilion are much earlier.

The angel monument overlooking the Gloer family plot is perhaps the most ornate in the cemetery. Several of the burials in this plot date to the 1890s and early 1900s.

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Bowman United Methodist Church, 1925, Elbert County

Bowman United Methodist Church was established by a small group who first met in a rural log schoolhouse in 1874. It is thought that the first formal home, a frame structure, was occupied by the late 1870s. By 1894, the congregation had grown to around 225. In 1924, members decided to raze the old church and construction began on the present structure. Mr. D. C. Griffin of Hartwell supervised the construction. It was completed in 1925. It is one of the nicest little churches to be found in a town of this size.

 

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Neoclassical Revival House, Circa 1914, Bowman

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Georgian Cottage, Bowman

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Famous Little Police Station, Bowman

While it may not be the smallest police station in America, Bowman’s s “Famous Little Police Station” is certainly on the list. It’s located adjacent to the town well, which you can’t miss.

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Ray’s Food Market, Bowman

Sunbeam and a small town independent grocery store. It doesn’t get much more Southern than that!

Bowman Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Rexall Drug Store, Bowman

Bowman GA Elbert County Downtown Rexall Drugs SIgn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The Rexall sign on the Bowman Drug store catches my eye every time I pass by it. I only wish the weather had been better this time. The skies were threatening the whole time, but I still enjoyed walking around this friendly little town, with its antique dealers and quaint old storefronts. Bowman was incorporated in 1907 but its origins date to the late 1870s, when a road connecting Elberton and Toccoa was cut through the area. Subsequently, a depot was located here and named for Colonel Thomas J. Bowman, who had surveyed the land.

Update: I don’t know they took it down, but as of 2019, the old Rexall sign is gone.

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Witcher’s Store, Bowman

Bowman GA Elbert County Red Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Letha Dickerson writes that this was Hoyt Witcher’s store. Geraldine Baker recalls it being a service station. I imagine it was both, a forerunner of today’s convenience stores.

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Warehouse, Bowman

Bowman GA Elbert County Spring Art Show Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

I missed the show by one day, but it’s wonderful to see a small town like Bowman doing such a good job of promoting the arts.

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Town Well, Circa 1905, Bowman

Located on the Public Square, the old town well is Bowman’s gathering place. It was built by Goshen John Bowers.

Bowman Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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