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Known today as the Carter Law Office, for its present owner, this is the most iconic commercial structure in Hartwell. [I use the original name for historical purposes]. It was home, for many years, to Homer Herdon’s Drug Store, a popular gathering place from the 1930s to the 1960s. The second floor once housed the Hartwell Library, as well. I have been unable to confirm a date of construction, but the Richardsonian Romanesque style, in which it’s constructed, was popular from the late 1880s to the turn of the 20th century.
Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Downtown Blue Ridge is a happening place. Nearly all the downtown storefronts are busy and many are being or have been refurbished. There’s obviously a good community spirit here. I hope locals will work toward getting their business district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It definitely deserves such a designation.
More than one source, including Wikipedia, identifies this structure as a bank from gold rush days that was later converted into a house. Other sources state that a chimney is all that remains of the bank. I do believe it’s a 19th-century structure. I hope to learn more and will update this post when I do.