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Vernacular Craftsman Cottage, Circa 1914, Lavonia

This is located adjacent to the Vandiver property and may have been a manager’s residence.

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Vandiver Tenant House, 1922, Lavonia

This was built by Ernest Vandiver, Sr., and was likely employee housing for his cotton seed business.

 

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Vandiver Warehouse, Circa 1904, Lavonia

This was part of Ernest Vandiver, Sr.’s, cotton seed business. Vandiver was the father of Governor Ernest Vandiver.

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Gravesite of Governor Ernest Vandiver, Lavonia

Samuel Ernest Vandiver, Jr., (1918-2005) who was born in nearby Canon, served as Georgia’s 73rd governor from 1959-1963. During his administration, the archaic county unit system that gave local political bosses vast power, was ended. This was seen as a step forward for Georgia but angered many of its beneficiaries. Honesty and fiscal responsibility were hallmarks of Governor Vandiver’s term. After leaving the governor’s office, he practiced law, first in Atlanta and then back in Lavonia. His wife, Betty, was a niece of U. S. Senator Richard B. Russell.

 

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James J. Burton House, 1910, Lavonia

This house was built for the manager of the Southern Cotton Oil Company. It’s on a busy section of the Augusta Highway and a lot zoned for business and therefore endangered. It has great Arts & Crafts stained glass window panels throughout.

 

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Dr. T. W. Freeman House, 1880s, Lavonia

Dr. Freeman was a medical doctor who also owned a drug store in Lavonia.

Vickery Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Thomas Allison House, Circa 1874, Lavonia

This began as a simple Georgian cottage and may be earlier than noted. Thomas Allison, an early Lavonia mayor and bank president, was the first owner. The Victorian posts were added in the late 19th century.

Vickery Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

 

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