Category Archives: Thomson GA

Mission Revival House, Thomson

This is now an attorney’s office but I believe it was once a residence.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

Post Office, 1930s, Thomson

This is typical of the architecture of most New Deal post offices, many of which remain in use today, as post offices or other public facilities.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

First National Bank of Thomson (1899) & Thomson Drugs (1904)

In 2000, SunTrust Bank donated these two buildings to the group that would become the board of the McDuffie Museum.  The First National Bank of Thomson (1899) and Thomson Drugs (1904), integral to the lives of McDuffie Countians for much of the 20th century, now serve as a model local history museum.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Martin Theatre, Early 1950s, Thomson

Built by the Martin chain in the early 1950s, the interesting architecture of this theatre has been a central feature of downtown Thomson ever since. It became a twin theatre about 30 years ago and is open as a first-run venue today, known as the Thomson Twin Cinema.  The blocks above the marquee once read MARTIN. This central part of the historic downtown, on Main Street (busy US Highway 78) is the most visually interesting to me.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Main Street Storefronts, Thomson

Located on Main Street, these nicely restored storefronts are a great example of local interest and investment in historic preservation. I believe the tallest building was a bank. The lion head ornament, the bank’s nicest decorative feature,  is pictured below.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Georgia Railroad Depot, 1860, Thomson

The granite freight room (back of the building in this image) dates to 1860, while the brick passenger lobby was added later. Extensive renovations in 1981 transformed the depot into the local chamber of commerce and community meeting space. At this time, the depot was painted gray. Restorations in 2013-14 returned the structure to its historic appearance, as seen today.

Thomson Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Monument to the Women of the Sixties, 1913, Thomson

This tribute, executed in Italian marble by the McNeel Monument Company, was placed by the veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Woman’s Club of Thomson to honor the women who kept the home front during the Civil War. Based on a sketch by Lucie Boyd Rivers, it features a young girl wearing homespun gathering the Confederate flag in her arms. It stands on a pedestal flanked by benches on both sides and originally contained a fountain, as well, but that has long been removed.  While the names of McDuffie County Civil War veterans are listed on the monument, it’s clear that this was specifically placed to honor women. It’s one of just a few such tributes in Georgia.