This caboose is part of a series of vintage railcars that serve as the home of Talking Rock Brewery. When I lived in the mountains in the late 1980s half the counties (at least) were completely dry, so this is progress, in my opinion. Talking Rock Brewery notes: Talking Rock Brewery is one of two Breweries in the United States to be located in a railcar. The railcar was built in 1923 and has been sitting in Talking Rock wasting away until we brought it back to life…
Besides the brewery, there are several nice antique shops in town. It’s one of the nicest little villages in the North Georgia mountains and much less rushed than most.
I’ve had trouble locating much information about the structures in Talking Rock, but read that this was built in 1883. In its early days it is said to have served as a railroad hotel and boarding house, In 1924 it was purchased by the Hobson family and became a general store, open until around 1980.
A small strip of historic storefronts comprise “downtown” Talking Rock, where Georgia Highway 136 is essentially “Main Street”. Many of the structures are now home to popular stores selling antiques and local crafts and foods. The unpainted building in the middle was built circa 1883 and was the home and millinery shop of Virgie Hagood, and was known as the Hat House.
A sign for the Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum notes that the school was established in the community in 1857. The schoolhouse seen here was built in Ludville in 1877 and moved to Talking Rock in 1882. It was restored by retired teachers in 1998.