The wonderful old Mount Airy School has been restored and now houses the offices of the Mount Airy Police Department and the Georgia Crime Information Center. An auditorium on the upper level served as the entertainment center for the area and hosted traveling shows, including many early stars of the Grand Ole Opry. The school closed in 1955.
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Frankye Crawford writes: My twin Aunts Ruby and Ruth Johnson taught school here and piano lessons in the 1920’s. Later it became The Home Demonstration Club and after that it was used for the church children’s Sunday School Classes. I attended this Church for a long time Boneville will always be home to me.
This beloved landmark was built as the LeVert College for Young Women by Lazrus Straus, a Belgian merchant whose business was the forerunner of the Macy’s chain. This was a Methodist school and merged with Collingsworth Institute in 1879. It closed in 1907 and was used as a public school until 1926. Many years after moving away from Talbotton and founding Macy’s, the Straus family made gifts to ensure the preservation of this important structure. Madame Octavia Walton LeVert, for whom the LeVert Female College was named, was the granddaughter of George Walton, a Georgia Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
LeVert Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
This one-room schoolhouse served as the only educational resource for this tiny community in northern Meriwether County until 1944. It was built as Prospect Academy on land given by John Powledge in November 1870. With this in mind, it’s likely that the school wasn’t built until early 1871. In 1894, its name was changed to Lone Oak Academy. It became the community house in 1951 and continues to serve area citizens to this day.
National Register of Historic Places
One of the first graded schools in the Southeast, the Madison Graded School served that purpose from 1895-1957. In 1976, after an extensive restoration, it opened its doors as the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Today, it’s a showplace for local artists, craftsmen and a multitude of cultural and performing arts events. It’s considered a model for other communities seeking to highlight cultural affairs at the local level.
Madison Historic District, National Register of Historic Places