Wooden grain elevators are rare in Georgia and this one in Alma has always been a favorite. It is now part of a larger structure that includes a church.
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Locals sometimes call this drive-thru branch of the Alma Exchange Bank the Jetsons Bank for its Space Age appearance. The architecture is actually a style, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, known as Googie. This bank had a twin in Sylvester that has since been demolished. Recently, there has been some concern that this facility could be demolished, but I can’t verify anything beyond rumor. It’s a real landmark that Alma should attempt to preserve. Photographers from all over the country have visited and photographed it.
Built for use by a branch of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Alma’s depot has played an integral role in the history of Bacon County. A local credit union, which later became the Alma Exchange Bank, was founded here in 1930 and was housed in the depot until 1939. Though some restoration has been done, the building is not being utilized today, as far as I can tell. Read more here.
National Register of Historic Places
Stephen Dubberly shared this history of the house, via Richard Wheeler: The house is owned by Dr. Hank Wheeler; it was built by his grandfather, Silas Wheeler in the early 1900s.
Typical of pioneer log structures, the material is rough-hewn.
Mud chinking served as the insulation, but over time, much of this has disintegrated.
As seen here, the structure is actually two smaller log buildings set together to make a larger whole.
A nice old log barn survives (barely) on the property, as well.
Update: It has been reported that this house was dismantled in 2020.