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W. E. Johnson Sweet Potato Barn, 1940, Carroll County

If you’ve traveled US Highway 27 anywhere near Carrollton, you’ve likely noticed this barn, one of the most-photographed barns in Georgia. It advertises W. E. Johnson’s sweet potato curing and storage business. The Coca-Cola advertising has been tastefully restored.

Dick Kelly wrote, via our Vanishing Georgia Facebook group: I was born in 1942 and lived my early childhood a few miles south at the Centralhatchee community at my grandfather Burson’s home. Grandad and W. E. (Tater) Johnson were good friends and traded various and sundry items as did most country folk during that era. I remember, as a toddler, going with granddad in the horse and wagon to visit Tater to do their trading…Tater Johnson built the structure in 1940. The building incorporated a slated floor and sub-floor heating ducts, to regulate airflow, temperature, and humidity to cure sweet potatoes faster so that they would last through the cold winter. The storage house, with its brightly painted Coca-Cola advertisements, is still one of the most photographed landmarks in West Georgia…A local man, along with Coke officials, arranged for the creation of a collectible bottle honoring the Sweet Potato House. The bottles were sold for $15 each, and all 960 of them were sold out within 35 minutes. Sales of the bottle helped pay for the restoration of this landmark…Johnson’s Sweet Potato Curing Shed also has another claim to fame in this part of the state. The site at one time was a drop-off for area students attending Berry College in Rome, and this resulted in U.S. 27 being named Martha Berry Highway…

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J. K. Roop House, Circa 1860, Roopville

Now a fully restored public event space, the John King (J. K.) Roop House is a great example of community involvement in restoration. The following history and much more information can be found at their website.

The first Roop to live in the southwestern area of Carroll County was Martin Roop, the father of John King (J.K.) Roop whom we consider to be the founding father of Roopville.  Martin grew up, met and married Mary Elizabeth King (1839), while they were still living in Union County, SC.  In the 1850’s they moved to the area where Roopville now stands.  Martin and Elizabeth had 11 children. 

J.K. was the oldest son of Martin and Elizabeth Roop.  In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army serving in both Company D of the First Regiment of Georgia Infantry and in Phillips Legion Calvary.  He married Eliza Moore in 1872.  To this union were born 5 children.  J.K. became the owner of over 2000 acres of land, much of which he donated to enhance the growth of the area.  He built several stores, a mill, a blacksmith shop and homes which he would sell to new people coming into the area.  J.K. was a charter member of Roopville Baptist Church, Worshipful Master of Goshen Lodge 71, in 1880 and he served on the Carroll County Board of Education. 

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Charlie Storey’s Barber Shop, Roopville

Charles (Tolly) Logan writes: [This] was formerly a barber shop. I grew up in Roopville and always got my hair cut there. Charlie Storey was the owner and barber and was still there when I graduated from high school in 1965. It presently serves as a precinct for the Carroll County Sheriff.

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Roopville Jail, 1885

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General Store, Roopville

The restoration of this false-front building incorporates folk art and commercial elements. It was likely a general store or warehouse.

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Whirligig, Roopville

Of all the colorful arts and crafts on display in Roopville, I think this whirligig was my favorite.

 

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Bowdon Inn, 1877

Bowdon GA Carroll County Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The history of this exemplar Queen Anne is a bit complicated. The National Register notes that it was built for Dr. Robert Monroe Lovvorn in 1877, but since Dr. Lovvorn (Bowdon’s other Dr. Lovvorn) was born in 1866, I find this highly unlikely. Perhaps it was built by his father, Colonel William Daniel Lovvorn. In the early 1900s, the house was owned by W. J. Whatley. It was later operated as the Dobson Hotel but came to be known as the Bowdon Inn while serving as a boarding house owned by Nathaniel McWhorter.

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. James L. Lovvorn House, Circa 1896, Bowdon

Bowdon GA Dr Lovvorn House National Register of Historic Places Victorian Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Dr. James L. Lovvorn (1862-1926) was the son of Edward & Nancy Lovvorn of Randolph County, Alabama. An 1886 graduate of the University of Georgia Medical Department, he was a well-known physician in Carroll County for many years. He married Carrie M. Johnson (1867-1959) in 1888. The house was built using plans by George F. Barber, one of the most prominent American residential architects of the Victorian era; gas lights and fireplaces were located in every room. Barber was a prolific architect and about 30 of his houses remain in Georgia. Dr. Lovvorn’s office was on the first floor.

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Bowdon United Methodist Church, 1909, Carroll County

Bowdon United Methodist Church Carroll County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This was built for the Bowdon Methodist Episcopal Church South by architect G. L. Cathcart. V. E. Lanford was the pastor and  I. H. P. Beck was treasurer. The building committee was: H. J. Reaves, W. A. McLendon, W. O. Lipham, J. M. Tarpley, W. T. Beck, J. H. Sherrill, and B. F. Barrett.

Bowdon United Methodist Church Carroll County GA Interior Curved Pews Stained Glass Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Roop House, Bowdon

Bowdon GA Landmark Roop House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Bowdon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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