Tag Archives: North Georgia Medical History

Crawford W. Long Museum, Jefferson

2017 marked the 175th anniversary of Dr. Crawford W. Long‘s first use of ether as a surgical anesthetic in Jefferson (30 March 1842). Long first apprenticed under Dr. Grant in Jefferson in the mid-1830s before moving to Philadelphia and New York to complete his medical training. In 1841, Dr. Long was an astute observer of one of the social trends of the day, known as “ether frolics”, in which the participants enjoyed recreational use of the substance. Noting that they felt no pain, he theorized ether could be used as a surgical anesthetic and made his first test case removing a cyst from the neck of James Venable. Three witnesses confirmed the success of the operation and the absence of pain in Venable.

The circa 1858 Pendergrass Store building was transformed into an 1840s doctor’s office and apothecary to better interpret Long’s discovery, which paved the way for modern medicine. It serves as the Crawford W. Long Museum. After making my way from the courthouse to the museum to pick up a historic walking tour brochure, I had a nice visit. And better, I purchased a “got ether?” t-shirt, one of the coolest of its kind to be found in Georgia.

Jefferson Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --JACKSON COUNTY GA--, Jefferson GA

Arnall-Belisle House, Circa 1893, Senoia

This originally served as a children’s hospital.

Senoia Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Moreland

While photographing Moreland, we had the good luck of running into Carol Chancey. Carol, a member of the Moreland Cultural Arts Association, is very enthusiastic about the history of this place. We talked a lot about Lewis Grizzard and Erskine Caldwell and plans for preserving what is left of Moreland. She also identified the buildings seen here. Besides the Cureton & Cole store on the left, she notes that the middle building was a doctor’s office and the one on the right was the old post office.

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Doctor’s Office, Circa 1850, Philomath

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Used for many years as the precinct house, this is said to have been built around 1850 as a doctor’s office.

Philomath Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. William B. J. Hardman House, 1897, Commerce

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As best I can determine from limited sources, this was the home of Dr. William Benjamin Johnson Hardman (23 November 1822-21 August 1904), the father of Governor Lamartine Hardman, who was also a physician. The elder Dr. Hardman was one of the most prominent and best-known citizens Harmony Grove (changed to Commerce in 1909).  Dr. Hardman served in Deadwyler’s Company, 4th Georgia Cavalry.

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Dr. Andrew H. Stapler House, Homer

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Homer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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First National Bank Building, Elberton

Historic Elberton GA Old Elbert County Hospital and First National Bank Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Anna King notes that this was the Elbert County Hospital in the First National Bank Building and it was on the 4th floor first. Then it took over the entire building in 1929. It closed in 1950 and a new one was built on Chestnut Street. Doug Anderson’s barber shop is located in the basement.

Elberton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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