Madison Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Category Archives: –MADISON COUNTY GA–
This was the home of Thomas Wilson Long (15 September 1784-21 July 1861), who came to Georgia from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was the uncle of medical pioneer Crawford W. Long and is buried nearby in the New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery. I will update information on subsequent owners as I learn more. The 1854 date is probably incorrect; some have suggested 1830s is more likely.
The house is surrounded by pristine farmland on one of the most beautiful backroads in the area.
The Comer Lions Club has been organizing an old-fashioned county fair for 68 years. The Ferris wheel caught my eye when I was driving past; though no longer operational, it remains a symbol of the fair and a landmark in its own right. Originally a water wheel at another location in North Georgia, it was acquired in 1949 by Pinky Martin, owner of Comer Motor Company. With the help of mechanic Jeff Turner, it was converted by hand into a working Ferris wheel and was used until the early 1970s.
Nearly every county in Georgia once had a place like this but they’re quite rare today.
The property and structures are well-maintained.
Traditional exhibits like crafts and livestock remain highlights of the fair.
Popular musical acts also play here each year.
If you’re in the area in September, check them out. Lions Clubs are a great non-political organization who not only do charitable work but also give back to their communities in tangible ways. Madison is a traditionally rural county and the fair is still the biggest event of the year.