Category Archives: Eatonton GA

Panola Hall, 1854, Eatonton

Historic Panola Hall Eatonton GA Photograph Copyight Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Built by Henry and Elizabeth Perry Tripp, Panola Hall is one of the most iconic houses in Eatonton and among Georgia’s most impressive Greek Revival landmarks. In 1891 the house was purchased by Dr. Benjamin Hunt. Dr. Hunt, a native New Yorker, moved to Putnam County after his marriage to Louisa Prudden of Eatonton. The Hunts made some Victorian changes in the structure as well as conducted general restoration of the house. In 1922 Mr. Hunt was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Georgia, Doctor of Science, for his experiments in dairy farming and botany. Many of his rare plants are still thriving on the grounds. In 1946 the house was owned by M.L. Liles. The house remained in the Liles family until 1981 when it was purchased by Dr. Robert Lott. Dr. Philip Hammond bought the house in 1996. A local legend maintains the house hosts a ghost named Sylvia, who usually appears as a shy silent woman with dark hair and a white skirt. She’s been reported in the second floor hallway, a bedroom, and occasionally peering out the living room window.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Julius Gerdings House, 1850, Eatonton

Historic Eatonton GA Gerdings Young House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Also referred to as the Gerdings-Young House, this iconic Greek Revival cottage and the adjacent Bledsoe-Greene House are good examples of residential structures built facing town squares.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Bledsoe-Greene House, Circa 1817, Eatonton

Historic Eatonton GA Bledsoe Green House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Early photographs of this house show that myriad changes have been made to it over time, mostly cosmetic with the addition and subsequent removal of a Greek Revival portico. It’s among the oldest known houses in Eatonton and is presently home to the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Eatonton

Eatonton GA Jefferson AvenueHistoric Downtown Photograps Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Jefferson Avenue

Historic Downtown Eatonton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Madison Avenue

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Georgia Writers Museum, Eatonton

Georgia Writers Museum Eatonton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The birthplace of Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker, Eatonton is the perfect location for a state writers’ museum. The Georgia Writers Museum is presently open Friday-Sunday in a small storefront on Main Street, the museum plans to relocate to the historic Eatonton Hotel in the future.

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Putnam County Courthouse, 1906, Eatonton

Putnam County GA Courthouse Eatonton Explore Georgia Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Situated on one of the largest public squares in Georgia, Putnam County’s Neoclassical Revival courthouse was designed by J. W. Golucke.

Eaonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Brer Rabbit Statue, Eatonton

Eatonton GA Putnam County Courthouse Lawn Brer Rabbit Statue Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Brer Rabbit – Born and Bred in the Briar Patch

He Survives Forever by His Wit, His Courage and His Cunning

This is one of two statues of Brer Rabbit it Eatonton, the other one being located at the nearby Uncle Remus Museum. That statue was stolen in 2011, but was recovered, minus its pipe and an ear, soon after it disappeared.

Brer Rabbit Statue Putnam County Courthouse Eatonton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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