Tag Archives: North Georgia Vernacular Architecture

Plantation Plain Farmhouse, Circa 1809, Hancock County

I’ve been unable to locate anything but an approximate date for this house, but luckily, it’s being protected by a new roof. I’ll update as I learn more.

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General Store, Circa 1925, Milledgeville

I’ve so far been unable to track down any history on this old store, dated in a resource survey to circa 1925. I will update when I learn more.

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Grocery Store, Banks County

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Ridgeway Baptist Church, Circa 1865, Gilmer County

Ridgeway Baptist is one of the most historic congregations in Gilmer County and the original log church building, dating to around the end of the Civil War, is perhaps the most unique survivor in Gilmer County. Thanks to Sonny Seals of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia for bringing this special place to my attention.

Church members  have worked hard to preserve this little log chapel and their effort speaks volumes to their commitment to history. Though the structure is showing its age, I like to think it will be around for many years to come.

A new church, built in 1982, is located across the road from the old chapel.

 

 

 

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Wright Hotel, 1909, Chatsworth

The Wright Hotel was one of the first in Chatsworth. It was owned by Thomas and Laura Wright, who also lived on the property. After Mrs. Wright’s death in 1948, the hotel was leased to Lester Quarles and later the Keeter family. Its name was changed to the Chatsworth Hotel during this time. One of the Wright’s daughters, Kate Raine, returned to Chatsworth in 1969 and continued in the business  begun by her parents many years earlier. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society inherited the property upon Mrs. Raine’s death in 1986.

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Dennis Mill, Circa 1869, Murray County

The Dennis community which grew up around this historic gristmill was one of the earliest settlements in this section of Northwest Georgia. It was named for Dennis Johnson, who was an early mill operator and postmaster. One of the grindstones indicates that it may have been originally known as Cohutta Mills but this is unclear. Electrified in the 1940s, the mill operated on a limited basis until the 1950s. The original structure survives and is the centerpiece of a property that today includes two wonderful rental cabins on the banks of Rock Creek, known as Dennis Mill Cabins and Events.

 

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Historic Storefront, Woodland

This was likely a grocery store. The style was among the most common in early-20th-century Georgia.

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Filed under --TALBOT COUNTY GA--, Woodland GA