Category Archives: Thomaston GA

Queen Anne Cottage, Thomaston

Though the central gable gives this home a Gothic Revival feel, I believe it’s actually an “eclectic” Queen Anne. Knowing the date of construction would be definitive; the line between Queen Anne and Carpenter Gothic can be confusing. Whatever its “style”, it’s one of my favorite houses in Thomaston.

Weaver-Dallas House, 1820s, Thomaston

According to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation: The earliest version of the Weaver-Dallas House dates to the 1820s, as a one-room house and separate doctor shop, making it the oldest house in Thomaston. Additions in the 1830s and 1840s created a 1 ½ story cottage with Federal and Classical Revival elements. Stepping on site today reveals that not much has changed since then. Located on .98 of an acre, the property includes two smoke houses, a garden shed and a 1930s car shed, and is as close to a time capsule of Georgia history as one may find today. The house has been in the same family since it was purchased by Travis Weaver in 1840.

Thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Trust, the home has a new owner.

Piggie Park, 1950, Thomaston

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A local favorite and popular stop for travelers through Thomaston since 1950, Piggie Park is an old-school drive-in specializing in barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, and Brunswick stew. They also have hand-made milkshakes.

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Upson County Courthouse, 1908, Thomaston

Upson County Courthouse Thomaston GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This landmark was designed by Frank P. Milburn.

National Register of Historic Places

Ritz Theatre, 1927, Thomaston

Ritz Theatre Thomaston GA Working Art Deco Movie House Digitized Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Open almost continuously since the dawn of talking pictures, the Ritz is still in operation and shows first-run and classic movies seven days a week. It has recently been digitized. Visit their Facebook page for schedules and more information.

Commercial Architecture, Downtown Thomaston

Thomaston GA Upson County Courthouse Square Commercial Architecture Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

There’s a nice variety of commercial architecture in downtown Thomaston. I’m really surprised the downtown historic district isn’t on the National Register.

Thomaston GA Upson County Downtown Storefront Rescue Me Market Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

As in most Georgia towns today, restaurants and thrift shops are the norm.

Thomaston GA Upson County Downtown Storefronts Early 20th Centuy Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014