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Meriwether County Courthouse, 1904, Greenville

Meriwether County Courthouse Greenville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Built by Georgia’s most prolific courthouse architect, J. W. Golucke, the Meriwether County Courthouse burned in 1976 but the external walls remained intact and a restoration which took several years returned the structure to its prominence in the community. It’s one of my favorites of the domed clock-tower style.

National Register of Historic Places

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Hill Bros. Store, 1890s, Greenville

Greenville GA Meriwether County Restored Italianate Office Building Photo Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

William and Obadiah Hill bought this building from Albert Hill in the early 1900s. They opened a farm supply store that sold everything from clothing to hardware and was the social center of Greenville for much of the first half of the 20th century. President Roosevelt is said to have even stopped by on one occasion, inquiring about politics. Its recent restoration is outstanding.

Greenville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Downtown Revitalization, Greenville

Downtown Greenville GA Historic Storefronts Revitalization Court Square Cafe Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Greenville is one of the nicest little towns in Georgia. Much of its historic business district has been restored, with businesses like the Court Square Cafe, seen above.

Revitalized Downtown Greenville GA Historic Early 20th Century Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Greenville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Roberts Garage, Greenville

Roberts Garage Greenville GA Meriwether County Historic Downtown Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Greenville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Greenville United Methodist Church, 1895, Meriwether County

Greenville United Methodist Church Meriwether County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This congregation began as a Methodist Episcopal church in 1831. The first church was built in 1838 and sold for use as a school in 1842 when a second structure was completed. It remained in use until a powerful tornado destroyed it, along with much of Greenville, on 3 March 1893. A new house of worship, the present one, was completed by 1895.

Greenville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Meriwether County Jail, 1896, Greenville

Old Meriwether County Jail Greenville GA Historic Landmark Related to Murder in Coweta County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This historic jail plays a significant role in Murder in Coweta County, the bestselling book by the late Margaret Ann Barnes, which was later made into a movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith. Based on the 1948 murder of Wilson Turner, who was jailed here by a corrupt sheriff, then let go to be killed just over the county line near Moreland (Coweta County) by John Wallace, a bootlegger who controlled the sheriff and most of Meriwether County at the time. Wallace was eventually convicted. The case was significant in that it was the first time a white man had been convicted of murder on the testimony of African-Americans in Georgia. They had been witnesses to the original crime. As a teenager, I was lucky to have met Ms. Barnes, who recalled the impression this jail and its dark history had on her ongoing quest for “Southern justice” through her writing. The jail is now a private residence.

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Park-Culpepper Law Office, Circa 1888, Greenville

Greenville GA Meriwether Historical Society Italianate Building Pressed Tin Roof Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is presently home to the Meriwether Historical Society.

Greenville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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