I photographed this truck in 2010. It’s still one of my favorites and a good example of the ingenuity of our small-town businesses. It definitely got my attention.
This local version of the Statue of Liberty was built by the Lions Club of found and recycled materials in 1986, as a tribute to the national symbol during its centennial year. It is a well-known landmark to travelers through McRae, and though not a perfect replica, is a great example of hometown ingenuity. It’s the centerpiece of a small park honoring Telfair County’s fallen soldiers, which also features a replica of the Liberty Bell.
McRae was designated the Telfair County seat in 1871 (replacing Jacksonville) and a courthouse was constructed in 1873. A more modern structure was completed in 1904 and served until burning in the early 1930s.
The present structure was built in 1934, incorporating some of the brick walls from the 1904 structure. It was designed by the Macon firm of Dennis & Dennis.
National Register of Historic Places
I’ve driven past this a hundred times, and stopped for the first time only today. It occupies nearly an entire side of a small rectangular concrete block structure and heralds the work of folk artist Henry Lee Gorham.