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Adams-Hewell House, 1890, Dewy Rose

Margaret Wahl writes: This house was my grandmother’s home from around the early 1900’s to 1979, when she passed away at age 99. She was Josie Adams Hewell and she is buried in the Dewy Rose Baptist Church Cemetery, along with her husband, son and one daughter. In the 40s and 50s, the house was painted white and had dark green shutters on the windows. The walkway and cement steps to the house look the same as they did then. Spent many summers there as a young girl. The house had many fireplaces, but I see no chimneys now.

My Grandmother had seven brothers, all Adams, of course, and they frequented the house quite often. My grandmother was married to Olden Ornan Hewell in 1904, and they moved into the house which was directly across the street from the Hewell’s General Store which is now the current Post Office. This is where Olden worked. In 1912 they added three rooms to the house and a wrap-around porch. The original structure was built in 1890. Olden died at home in 1929, and Josie continued to live in the house until her 90s.

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Queen Anne House, 1889, Dewy Rose

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W. C. Smith House, Circa 1890, Elberton

Anna King O’Neal writes: W. C. Smith was a prominent merchant, arriving in Elberton in 1880. He was also a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in 1909. 

Elberton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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William J. Clark House, Circa 1856, Elberton

William J. Clark was a merchant and one of the leading citizens of Elbert County when he built this home, which may have originated as a Plantation Plain with Greek Revival elements added later. Clark was killed in the Civil War. Thanks to Anna King O’Neal for the identification.

Elberton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Balchin Store, Elbert County

Diane Culpepper writes, via our Facebook page: The general store pictured above is Balchin Store on Lincolnton Highway in Elbert County. Thriving store until the early 70’s.

 

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Rice Town, Georgia

You won’t find Rice Town on any map, but it’s a settlement of many Rice family members and descendants on GA 79, east of Elberton. The Rice Garage looks like it may have also once had gas pumps and a country store.

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Commercial Block, Elberton

This large commercial block has been home to numerous businesses over the years, including a stone supply company and appliance service. If not too far gone, it would be a great restoration project.

Elberton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot, 1910, Elberton

One of Georgia’s finest old depots, this is now home to the Elbert County Historical Society.

National Register of Historic Places

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Georgia Guidestones, 1980, Elbert County

Known as the Georgia Guidestones and standing nearly 20 feet high, the six granite slabs situated beside a field nine miles north of Elberton have become a curious tourist attraction since their erection in 1980. Because of the anonymous origin and patronage of the guidestones, controversy has always surrounded them.  In their April 2009 issue, Wired dubbed them the “American Stonehenge” and published a great essay on their history and the ensuing conspiracy theories. They noted that they may be the most enigmatic monument in America…inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

Four slabs radiate from a central slab with a capstone atop the array which, when viewed from above give the appearance of a star. Ten guidelines are inscribed on the guidestones in eight modern languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) with a shorter message inscribed on top in four ancient languages (Babylonian Cuneiform, Classic Greek, Sanskrit, Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs) . The ten guidelines, translated, are: 1) Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2) Guide reproduction wisely-improving diversity and fitness. 3) Unite humanity with a living new language. 4) Rule passion-faith-tradition-and all things with tempered reason. 5) Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. 6) Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. 7) Avoid petty laws and useless officials. 8) Balance personal rights with social duties. 9) Prize truth-beauty-love-seeking harmony with the infinite. 10) Be not a cancer on the earth- Leave room for nature- Leave room for nature.

An explanatory tablet, a few feet away from the Guidestones, notes the date of dedication (22 March 1980), identifies the languages used and the astronomical coordinates of the site, and reads: Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason.

 

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Rexall Drug Store, Bowman

Bowman GA Elbert County Downtown Rexall Drugs SIgn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The Rexall sign on the Bowman Drug store catches my eye every time I pass by it. I only wish the weather had been better this time. The skies were threatening the whole time, but I still enjoyed walking around this friendly little town, with its antique dealers and quaint old storefronts. Bowman was incorporated in 1907 but its origins date to the late 1870s, when a road connecting Elberton and Toccoa was cut through the area. Subsequently, a depot was located here and named for Colonel Thomas J. Bowman, who had surveyed the land.

Update: I don’t know they took it down, but as of 2019, the old Rexall sign is gone.

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