Tag Archives: North Georgia Commercial Architecture

Hamilton’s 1865 Masonic Lodge Slated for Demolition

Built just after the Civil War, in December 1865, this structure was originally home to Hamilton Lodge #16, Chapter #30, Free & Accepted Masons. Numerous commercial tenants occupied it throughout its history. Lou Brackett sent me an email yesterday and a copy of an article from the Harris County Journal detailing the impending demolition* of the building. According to the article, part of the roof has collapsed, as well as a section of the interior second floor and the city sees it as a potential liability. Once again, demolition by neglect has begotten actual demolition, and history goes with it.

*As of 20 September 2019, the building is being dismantled.

 

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Nora Mill, Circa 1876, Sautee-Nacoochee

Built in 1876 by John Martin, a gold miner who decided to stay in the valley, Nora Mill got is present name when purchased by Dr. Lamartine Hardman around 1903. He christened it Nora Mill to honor the memory of his sister.

Instead of the typical water wheel usually associated with milling, Nora Mill utilizes a turbine, fed by a raceway, and gravity, to grind the grain. The 1500-lb. French Burr millstones have been turning out product for nearly 150 years.

In the early 1980s retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ron Fain leased the mill from the Hardman family and thereafter revived it. His family continues to operate it to this day. The third and fourth generation of the family (Joann Fain Tarpley and husband Rich) run it today.

Tommy Martin has been the manager for many years and is glad to talk about the process and the history of the mill with visitors. His enthusiasm for the place certainly makes you want to return again and again. He told me that the corn meal is popular far and wide, and that Shaquille O’Neal had recently placed a large order for his new restaurant in Los Angeles.

Nacoochee Valley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Nacoochee Depot, Circa 1913, White County

Though it has been moved and reduced in size, this depot is an important survivor of the Gainesville & Northwestern Railroad.

Nacoochee Valley Historic District,  National Register of Historic Places

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Old Sautee Store, Circa 1872

One of the most popular attractions in the Helen area, the Old Sautee Store has been in business since the 1870s. A well curated collection of early general store memorabilia gets the attention of visitors upon entering.

A market next door serves baked goods and hand-crafted sandwiches.

 

Sautee Valley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Habersham Theatre, 1937, Clarkesville

This Art Deco movie house was built in 1937; the building may date to 1920 with an earlier use and appearance. It has recently been restored and is now known as the Habersham Community Theater.

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E. P. West & Company, 1898, Clarkesville

For most of its history, this was a general/department store and has been in the same family since its construction.

 

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Historic Storefronts, Demorest

A very small historic downtown remains in Demorest and the existing structures have been nicely restored and are in use. The building on the right, the Starkweather Building or “Brick Block”, is the oldest, built in 1890. The other two-story building is the Chrisler Building, constructed in 1916. It is now home to Piedmont College’s Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Sweet Breads restaurant is just beyond it.

Demorest Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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