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Martin, Georgia

Martin GA Historic Downtown Storefronts Trading Post Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Martin was settled by Henry C. Black, the agent for the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railroad when the station was established in 1877. It was incorporated in 1891 and named for early governor John Martin, a native of Rhode Island who was elected in 1782.

Martin Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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House & Storefronts, Martin

Martin GA Historic District Stephens County Storefronts House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Martin Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Architectural Details, Martin

Martin GA Historic District Bricked In Fanlight Windows Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This side street view reveals bricked-in fanlights on an old store.

Martin Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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T. R. Yow House, Circa 1895, Martin

Martin GA Stephens County Landmark Victorian Home Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Martin Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Elberton Air Line Railroad Depot, 1877, Martin

Martin GA Southern Railway Depot Stephens County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The Elberton Air Line was opened in December 1878 with the assistance of the Atlanta & Charlotte Air-Line Railway. This soon merged with the Southern Railway and this depot served the line until the middle of the 20th century. According to the National Register nomination form, the depot was constructed in 1877.

Martin Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Doyle Street, Toccoa

Toccoa GA Doyle Street Revitalization BJ's Family Restaurant Best Food in Town Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sometimes called Toccoa’s Main Street, Doyle Street was once closed to vehicular traffic and covered with concrete canopies. The removal of these monstrosities was the beginning of a long-time revitalization plan which culminated in Toccoa being named one of the top 10 “Main Streets” in the nation. It’s an ongoing process and is very inspiring. (Travel Note: If you’re in Toccoa, don’t miss a breakfast or lunch at BJ’s Family Restaurant, seen on the far right above. I had the best breakfast I’ve ever eaten there, and the staff treats everyone like they’re locals).

Downtown Toccoa GA Corner of Sage and Doyl Streets Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Downtown Toccoa GA Doyle Street Revitalization Early 20th Century Commercial Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Doyle Street Toccoa GA Stephens County Downtown Revitalization from Courthouse Lawn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgai USA 2014

Downtown Toccoa Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Ritz Theater, 1939, Toccoa

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Under Restoration Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Now known as the Schaefer Center, the old Ritz Theatre operated from 1939 until 1985. I made a series of photographs for the Fox Theatre Institute in 2011 and 2012 when restoration was in progress and haven’t been back since it has reopened. The most glaring absence is the old marquee on the front of the structure, which I hope will soon be replaced, as it’s completely integral to the building’s appearance . I hope to visit again soon and share “after” photos.

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Restoration Old Seats Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Under Restoration Balcony Projectionists Booth Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Under Restoration Balcony View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Restoration Red Seats Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Schaefer Center Old Theatre Toccoa GA Restoration Orchestra Pit Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Downtown Toccoa Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Toccoa Casket Company

Toccoa Casket Company GA Coffin Mold Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The mold seen above is about all that remains to indicate that this was once home to one of the biggest industries in town and the state’s leading manufacturer of caskets. They were also the largest supplier of caskets to the U. S. military until the Vietnam War.

Toccoa Casket Company GA Stephens County Abandoned Factory For Sale Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The Toccoa Casket Company was an iconic local business throughout most of the 20th century and when I was in town photographing the Schaefer Center for the Fox Theatre Institute last year, local officials suggested I go out and make a few shots, as the place was abandoned and for sale. There was a good deal of vandalism at the site and I must admit it was just a bit creepy wandering around the abandoned factory buildings.

Toccoa Casket Company GA Iconic Local Industry Abandoned Coffin Factory Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The Display Room was where different models of caskets were shown to potential buyers.

Toccoa Casket Company GA Display Room Entrance Vandalism Famous Local Industry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The work spaces of the old factory  are just a cluttered mess today.

Toccoa Casket Company Spooky Abandoned Warehouse GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Toccoa Casket Company GA Local Industry Abandoned Coffin Factory Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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WNEG, Toccoa

WNEG Local Radio Station Toccoa GA Stephens County Voice of the Mountains Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

WNEG is a rarity these days. It’s an independent local broadcaster which dominates its community. Most radio today is generically syndicated with little or no connection to the community it serves, but not so with WNEG, which has been on the air since 1956. The NEG in the call letters stands for North East Georgia, of course.

Downtown Toccoa Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Southern Railway Depot, 1915, Toccoa

Southern Railway Depot Amtrak Station Toccoa GA Stephens County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This colorful depot, restored in 2005, is an Amtrak stop on the Crescent line. It’s also home to the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, the Stephens County Historical Society, and the Currahee Military Museum. In regards to its multiple uses, it’s one of the best depot restorations in Georgia.

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Beyond the tracks is a view of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Railroad Tracks at the Amtrak Station in Toccoa GA Stephens County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Downtown Toccoa Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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