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Confederate Monument, 1910, Monticello

Monticello GA Jasper County Confederate Monument Courthouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

In his book about Georgia’s Confederate monuments, The Standing Army, Frank M. McKenney wrote: “The town square of Monticello was crowded with people and festooned with Confederate colors on 6 April 1910…a 32′ shaft flanked by two young soliders was unveiled.”

Jasper County Confederate Monument Monticello GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The monument was sponsored by the UDC and was designed by E. B. Frazier of the McNeel Marble Company.

Confederate Monument Jasper County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Commercial Storefronts, Monticello

Monticello GA Downtown Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello has a very inviting courthouse square, with beautiful commercial architecture surrounding a people-friendly park. One of the standouts to me is the Jasper Lodge No. 50 F & AM, or the Masonic Lodge.

Monticello GA Jasper Lodge Masonic Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Typical turn-of-the-century commercial architecture is still in regular use.

Monticello GA Restored Commercial Block Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Take some time to walk around the square and check it out.

Monticello GA Government Complex Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Thomas J. Smith House, 1820s, Monticello

Monticello GA Plantation Plain Modified to Folk Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This house was built by Thomas Jefferson Smith, presumably in the late 1820s, and was moved from Hillsboro to this location near the courthouse square after his marriage to Nancy Pierce Broddus in 1830. Mr. Smith also operated a large plantation outside town but kept this as a townhouse so his sons could attend the local academy. Smith also built the first three stores in Monticello. He sold the house to Milton S. Benton circa 1890. The Victorian ornamentation was added around the time the house was sold. Mrs. M. S. Benton held the organizational meeting of the Monticello Garden Club [thought to be the second oldest in the nation] here in May 1896.

The house was moved circa 2020.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Colonial Revival House, Monticello

Monticello GA Red Colonial Revival House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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BearLax Mural, Monticello

Monticello GA BearLax Mural Restoration Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Murals, painted on the sides of prominent buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were once the preferred way of advertising products from Coca-Cola to laxatives, and almost anything in between. While soda brands seem to dominate the mural landscape, pitches for obscure products and services survive in some locations. The BearLax mural was restored a few years ago as an important document of small-town life. The Georgia Grassroots Art Program, a program of the Georgia Council for the Arts, was responsible for this project.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Monticello High School, 1922

Monticello High School GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Jasper County’s first high school, Monticello Academy, was built on this location in 1890 and demolished in 1921. Architect Henry Jordan designed the present structure, which was used for high school classes until 1956. From 1956-1975, various lower grades met here, and in 1975, the building was vacated. The Jasper County Historical Foundation acquired it in 1979 and has operated it since. A 2005 inheritance from the Thomas Persons estate has allowed much-needed renovations and insured a healthy future for this much-loved local landmark, now known as Thomas Persons Hall.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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J. H. Kelly House, Circa 1900, Monticello

Monticello GA Jasper County Kelly House Queen Anne Landmark Endangered Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This was built around the turn of the last century for J. H. Kelly, who once served as president of the Bank of Monticello. Though in a state of decline, it remains one of Monticello’s most interesting houses.

Monticello GA Kelly House Nandina Bamboo Bushes Berries Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Nandinas were full of fruit when I was here in February, reminding me of how popular they once were in Southern yards and flower gardens. My great-grandmother had a row of them outside her back door.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jordan-Lanier House, 1905, Monticello

Monticello GA Jasper County Greek Revival Mansion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Built for Charles D. Jordan, this house originally featured a widow’s walk.

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Folk Victorian House, Monticello

Monticello GA Folk Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Federal Style House, Monticello

Monticello GA Federal Style House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Though it’s been expanded, this is still an important early Monticello house.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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