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Mission Revival House, Thomson

Historic Downtown Thomson GA McDuffie County Mission Revival Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

This is now an attorney’s office but I believe it was once a residence.

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WPA Post Office, 1930s, Thomson

Historic Downtown Thomson GA McDuffie County New Deal WPA Post Office Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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First National Bank of Thomson (1899) & Thomson Drugs (1904)

Historic Downtown Thomson GA Bank Storefronts McDuffie Museum Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

In 2000, SunTrust Bank donated these two buildings to the group that would become the board of the McDuffie Museum.  The First National Bank of Thomson (1899) and Thomson Drugs (1904), integral to the lives of McDuffie countians for much of the 20th century, now serve as a model local history museum.

http://www.mcduffiemuseum.com/

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Martin Theatre, Early 1950s, Thomson

Historic Downtown Thomson GA McDuffie County Martin Theatre Twin Cinema Current Run Movies Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Built by the Martin chain in the early 1950s, the interesting architecture of this theatre has been a central feature of downtown Thomson ever since. It became a twin theatre about 30 years ago and is open as a first-run venue today.  The blocks above the marquee once read MARTIN. This central part of the historic downtown, on Main Street (busy US Highway 78) is the most visually interesting to me.

Historic Downtown Thomson GA McDuffie County Main Street Storefronts Twin Cinema Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Placces

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/19627

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Storefronts & Bank, Thomson

Thomson GA McDuffie County Historic Main Street Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Located on Main Street, these nicely restored storefronts are a great example of local interest and investment in historic preservation. I believe the tallest building was a bank. The lion head ornament, the bank’s nicest decorative feature,  is pictured below.

Historic Downtown Thomson GA Bank Architectural Details Lion Head Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Georgia Railroad Depot, 1860, Thomson

Georgia Railroad Depot Thomson GA McDuffie County Historic Restoration Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

The granite freight room (back of the building in this image) dates to 1860, while the brick passenger lobby was added later. Extensive renovations in 1981 transformed the depot into the local chamber of commerce and community meeting space. At this time, the depot was painted gray. Restorations in 2013-14 returned the structure to its historic appearance, as seen today.

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Monument to the Women of the Sixties, 1913, Thomson

McDuffie County Monument to the Women of the Sixties UDC Thomson GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This tribute, executed in Italian marble by the McNeel Monument Company, was placed by the veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Woman’s Club of Thomson to honor the women who kept the home front during the Civil War. Based on a sketch by Lucie Boyd Rivers, it features a young girl wearing homespun gathering the Confederate flag in her arms. It stands on a pedestal flanked by benches on both sides and originally contained a fountain, as well, but that has long been removed.  While the names of McDuffie County Civil War veterans are listed on the monument, it’s clear that this was specifically placed to honor women. It’s one of just a few such tributes in Georgia, and one of the most beautiful.

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