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Bellevue, 1855, LaGrange

LaGrange GA Bellevue Home of Benjamin Harvey Hill National Historic Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Begun in 1853 and completed in 1855, Bellevue was the home of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. A National Historic Landmark, it’s the only such structure in Troup County to have that designation. The historic marker at the home notes: Benjamin Harvey Hill, one of the first to proclaim the New South industrial rather than agricultural, was born at Hillsborough, Jasper County, Sept. 14, 1823. Reared on a farm at Long Lane, Troup County, graduated with first honors at the University of Georgia and married to Miss Catherine Holt of Athens, he came to LaGrange to practice law. He was elected to the legislature on the Whig ticket in 1851. With Alex. H. Stephens, Herschel V. Johnson and others, Senator Hill opposed secession but became one of the foremost champions of the cause of the Confederacy. A member of the Confederate provisional congress and the Confederate Senate, he was regarded as the ablest supporter of the policies of Jefferson Davis. Arrested but soon paroled after the surrender, Senator Hill, “foremost orator of the state,” resumed his activities in politics and vigorously opposed the Reconstruction Acts of Congress. With Senator John B. Gordon he prevailed on President Hayes to remove Federal troops from the South. After serving in Congress he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1877 and served until his death, August 16, 1882. Senator Hill’s home, Bellevue, built in 1854-1855, was acquired by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and presented to the LaGrange Woman’s Club.

LaGrange GA Bellevue Home of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill National Historic Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

National Historic Landmark, National Register of Historic Places

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Troup County Courthouse, 1939, LaGrange

Troup County Courthouse LaGrange GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Now replaced by a newer facility, William J. J. Chase’s Stripped Classical New Deal courthouse is still used for county business and is adjacent to the new courthouse. Chase also designed the Seminole, Mitchell, and Cook County courthouses.

National Register of Historic Places

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LaFayette Square, LaGrange

LaGrange GA LaFayette Square Fountain Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The focal point of downtown LaGrange is LaFayette Square, which is anchored by a bronze copy of Ernest Eugene Hiolle’s famous statue of the Marquis de LaFayette. LaGrange is named for the Marquis’s French country estate. The statue was placed in the square in 1976 and is on permanent loan to the city from LaGrange College.

LaGrange GA LaFayette Square Fountain Detail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

LaGrange Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Charlie Joseph’s, 1946, LaGrange

LaGrange GA Charlie Josephs Restaurant Landmark Diner Hot Dogs Hamburgers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Charlie Joseph Maloof was a Lebanese immigrant who got his start selling fruit from a cart in LaGrange in the late 1910s. By 1920, he and his wife opened their first Charlie Joseph’s restaurant on Main Street. This location, on Bull Street, opened in 1946 and has been the go-to place for hot dogs and hamburgers in downtown LaGrange ever since. The fifth generation of the family still owns and operates the business today.

LaGrange Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Colonial Georgian House, LaGrange

LaGrange GA Georgian Architecture Landmark House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Broad Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Broad Street Apartments, LaGrange

LaGrange GA Troup County Broad Street Apartments Stripped Neoclassical Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Broad Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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