Tag Archives: North Georgia Restorations

Queen Anne Cottage, Eatonton

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --PUTNAM COUNTY GA--, Eatonton GA

Prichard-Moore-Goodrich House, Circa 1850, Griffin

I’m happy to report that restoration has begun on this landmark. It was built by Dr. William Prichard on land purchased from Robert Lanier, father of Sidney Lanier. There were several owners between 1872 and 1919 when it was purchased by Lucien P. Goodrich, grandson of Dr. Pritchard. Goodrich was a city and county attorney, city court judge, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Griffin Bar Association and served on the first Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He died in 1954 and after a brief ownership by his daughter, the home passed from family hands. [Other names associated with the property have been Wadsworth and Jones].

National Register of Historic Places

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Mills House, Circa 1855, Griffin

Also known as the Lewis-Mills House, this grand Greek Revival was built for the Lewis family, who came to the South from Massachusetts. Mrs. Emily W. Lewis was living in the house with her granddaughter, Lavonia Hammond, during the Civil War. Lavonia recalled that the house served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers and hosted Alexander H. Stephens, Robert Toombs, and Benjamin Harvey Hill, all good friends of her father. In 1878, Lavonia married John B. Mills and they resided in the house with Lavonia’s grandmother. When Mrs. Lewis died in 1901, John Mills purchased the house from his wife’s siblings. When Lavonia Hammond Mills died in 1936, the house passed out of the family’s hands. It had numerous owners in subsequent years and was eventually subdivided into apartments. After falling into disrepair it was restored and is now the office of a law firm.

National Register of Historic Places

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Old City Hall & Fire Station, 1910, Griffin

Griffin’s old combination city hall and fire department is presently being restored.

Griffin Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Senoia Presbyterian Church, 1893

Construction on this church began in December 1892 and upon its completion in 1893 it served the congregation for many years. After the congregation grew too small to sustain services it was used as a wedding chapel and beginning in 2005, it became a private residence.

Senoia Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Erskine Caldwell Birthplace, Circa 1879, Moreland

Moved from its original location outside Moreland, this house was the birthplace of Erskine Caldwell. [Caldwell’s father was the minister of the local Presbyterian congregation and this house was the parsonage, hence its nickname, “The Little Manse”]. Caldwell published numerous bestsellers but is best remembered for Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre.

When I was a teenager I had the honor of meeting Erskine Caldwell and interviewing him for my high school newspaper when he did a symposium at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library. I was in 10th grade and Mr. Caldwell (1903-1987) was near the end of his life. What I most remember from my interview is that he was not a fan of critics and wasn’t interested in discussing symbolism in his work. He said it was the result of observation and the work spoke for itself.

The house and community are on the Southern Literary Trail.

 

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Atlanta & West Point Railroad Depot, 1917, Palmetto

This depot served Palmetto until the mid-1960s when it was transferred to the city for municipal use. It went through a long state of decline before a full restoration was completed in 2012. It now houses a museum and event spaces.

 

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Filed under --FULTON COUNTY GA--, Palmetto GA