Tag Archives: Georgia Restorations

General Store, 1900s, Jersey

Though it is now used as the Jersey Community Building, I believe this stone-veneer storefront was originally a general store. Besides the Bank of Jersey, it is the only surviving commercial structure from the early days of Jersey. It has been nicely preserved and its continued use speaks to the quality of its construction. It likely dates to the first decade of the 20th century.

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Filed under --WALTON COUNTY GA--, Jersey GA

Jacob Eberhart House, 1854, Colbert

The Jacob Eberhart log cabin was saved and relocated to downtown Colbert, where it was reconstructed in its original form. It’s a good representation of a typical working class antebellum dwelling of this area of Georgia.

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Filed under --MADISON COUNTY GA--, Colbert GA

Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot, 1892, Colbert

Like many towns across Georgia, Colbert saved and restored its historic depot, which now serves as city hall. [One source dates the depot to 1892 and another, to 1907. I am unsure which is correct]. First incorporated as the Town of Five Forks in 1899, community’s name was changed to Colbert in 1909, after early settler James Fletcher Colbert.
This Seaboard Coast Line/Louisville & Nashville caboose was acquired by the city circa 1976 and is located adjacent to the depot.

Colbert Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Colonial Revival House, Circa 1910, Rutledge

A recent restoration of this house has slightly altered the appearance of the front gable but has in no way detracted from its architectural integrity, in my opinion.

Rutledge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --MORGAN COUNTY GA--, Rutledge GA

Gorley House, 1850s, Putnam County

This iconic Putnam County home, built circa 1856, was recently restored. It remains in the family and the owners have done a wonderful job. Thanks to Anna O’Neal for the identification.

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Rockwell Resurgent

I previously featured this house when it was a derelict concern for many historians and preservationists. Though I’m a bit late to the game, I wanted to share a photo of its present state, which gives an idea of the thought and work the new owners have put into its preservation. Some of their work is detailed here.

National Register of Historic Places

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Pine Ridge School, 1889, Clinton

Though incongruous with the Old Clinton Historic District, this classic country schoolhouse is a preservation success story and somehow “fits in” to this delightful community. It was donated to the Old Clinton Historical Society by the Morton family in the 1980s and was finally moved from the nearby Pine Ridge community and restored in 2000.

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Filed under --JONES COUNTY GA--, Clinton GA, Pine Ridge GA

General Store, 1900s, Clinton

This typical general store dates to the early 1900s and served the Clinton community for many years. It was part of the Reuben Stewart home place where one of the town’s early taverns originally stood. When the building fell into disrepair, it was restored by Civil War reenactors and rechristened Miss Annie’s Store on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Miss Annie was actually Mrs. Earl Hamilton and was a leader in the movement to preserve and restore Old Clinton’s historic treasures.

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Filed under --JONES COUNTY GA--, Clinton GA

McCarthy-Pope House, 1809-1810, Clinton

This is the oldest surviving house in Clinton. It is believed to have been built by one of Jones County’s earliest settlers, Roger McCarthy. Following the Civil War, twin sisters “Miss Zet” and “Miss Pope” owned the house, which also served as the Clinton Post Office until 1915. After being used as a tenant house in subsequent years, it fell into a state of near ruin and was described as “tumbled down” by the mid-1950s. It was restored by the Old Clinton Historical Society in the late 1970s-eary 1980s.

Old Clinton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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World’s First Coca-Cola Mural , 1894, Cartersville

In the early 20th century, Coca-Cola wall paintings, or murals, were ubiquitous in small towns all over America. But through research and authentication by the Coca-Cola Company, it has been determined that the very first such advertisement was created here in Cartersville, on the side of Young Brothers Pharmacy, in 1894. It was painted by syrup salesman James Couden.The Coca-Cola Company regularly refreshed the sign with new paint until the late 1970s, and in the 1980s, Dean Cox, who had purchased the pharmacy from one of the Young brothers’ daughters in 1970, became curious about the historical sign. In 1989, he hired Alison Free and Aggie Ferguson to restore it to its original condition. 25 layers of paint were removed to reveal the mural visible today. Coca-Cola fans and collectors from all over the world have been making pilgrimages to Cartersville to see it ever since.

Cartersville Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BARTOW COUNTY GA--, Cartersville GA