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W. E. Johnson Sweet Potato Barn, Carroll County

If you’ve traveled US Highway 27 anywhere near Carrollton, you’ve likely noticed this barn, one of the most-photographed barns in Georgia. It advertises W. E. Johnson’s sweet potato curing and storage business. The Coca-Cola advertising has been tastefully restored.

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J. K. Roop House, Circa 1860, Roopville

Now a fully restored public event space, the John King (J. K.) Roop House is a great example of community involvement in restoration. The following history and much more information can be found at their website.

The first Roop to live in the southwestern area of Carroll County was Martin Roop, the father of John King (J.K.) Roop whom we consider to be the founding father of Roopville.  Martin grew up, met and married Mary Elizabeth King (1839), while they were still living in Union County, SC.  In the 1850’s they moved to the area where Roopville now stands.  Martin and Elizabeth had 11 children. 

J.K. was the oldest son of Martin and Elizabeth Roop.  In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army serving in both Company D of the First Regiment of Georgia Infantry and in Phillips Legion Calvary.  He married Eliza Moore in 1872.  To this union were born 5 children.  J.K. became the owner of over 2000 acres of land, much of which he donated to enhance the growth of the area.  He built several stores, a mill, a blacksmith shop and homes which he would sell to new people coming into the area.  J.K. was a charter member of Roopville Baptist Church, Worshipful Master of Goshen Lodge 71, in 1880 and he served on the Carroll County Board of Education. 

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Sheriff’s Precinct, Roopville

I’m not sure what the original function of this little building was, but it serves as a precinct for the Carroll County Sheriff today. It likely dates to the 1940s and is similar to many small grocery stores I’ve photographed.

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Roopville Jail, 1885

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General Store, Roopville

The restoration of this false-front building incorporates folk art and commercial elements. It was likely a general store or warehouse.

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Whirligig, Roopville

Of all the colorful arts and crafts on display in Roopville, I think this whirligig was my favorite.

 

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College Street Victorian, Bowdon

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

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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