Category Archives: Yatesville GA

A. D. Wiliams’s Lighthouse, Upson County

Fieldstone Lighthouse on Pond Near Yatesville GA Upson County Curiosity Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

From Anne McDaniel, here’s a history of this curious landmark: “Mr. A. D. Williams was a peach farmer. We think he was the first peach farmer to ship peaches out of Georgia. He had no children and the people who worked for him were treated like family. He built a dance pavilion in the middle of the lake across from his home and once or twice a month would have picnics for the workers and they would dance until the wee hours. He enjoyed bowling and he had a two Lane bowling alley in his basement.
  In the back of his home were formal gardens which was his life’s passion. There was an open fireplace there. There is a glass peach mounted on it. The city of Yatesville recently tried to buy the peach but the family would not sell it to them. On the side of his house he built a small pond where the lighthouse was built. It was on the side of a huge playground and a three hole golf course. The lighthouse was built as a novelty for people to enjoy. He provided entertainment for not only his guests but their children. When he died, the house and all the property was left to a nephew and they moved from Florida to Yatesville. His daughter, Lisa Williams, won the Georgia Junior Miss title. They sold the house to a family and the property and the house is in complete disrepair. Such a shame that this once grand place is in such a mess.”

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Mulling Grocery, Yatesville

Yatesville GA Upson County Mulling Grocery Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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Herron’s Grocery, Yatesville

Yatesville GA Upson County Herrons Grocery Abandoned Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This local landmark has been closed for many years.

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John’s Cross Factory, Yatesville

Johns Cross Factory Free Wooden Crosses Christianity Witness Yatesville GA Upson County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

In front of this converted old store are white wooden crosses, left outside and given freely to those who want to display them as symbols of their faith.

Johns Cross Factory Free Wooden Crosses Old Store Yatesville GA Upson County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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Sanders House, Yatesville

Yatesville GA Upson County Sanders House Once Used as Hotel Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

I believe this was built around the turn of the last century and was once used as a hotel or boarding house.

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Yatesville United Methodist Church, 1919, Upson County

Yatesville United Methodis Church Upson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Established as Friendship Methodist Church in 1853, the first home to this congregation was a simple frame structure. A more formal structure was constructed in 1885. It was razed and the present structure built in 1919.

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Yatesville Baptist Church

Yatesville Baptist Church Upson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This congregation dates to 20 September 1896, though I’m unsure when the present building was constructed. It’s a nice style, somewhat unusual in Georgia.

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