C. D. Bolton was a prominent entrepreneur and landowner in Wilkes County. This general store was the busiest in Tignall in its heyday.
I haven’t been able to locate a construction date but I would guess 1910s. It’s an important surviving commercial structure and should be preserved.
The cornerstone indicates that the bank was “Built for W. J. Adams and Brothers by Henry T. Hogan, Architect and Builder”. It is presently home to the North Wilkes Library & Museum.
Hulin Avenue (Georgia Highway 17) was the traditional “main street” and commercial center of Tignall.
From the historical marker placed in 1978: Old Independence Church, built for all denominations, was situated near the campground across the road from its present site. The Methodists organized a membership and claimed the church. The matter was carried to the courts. A young lawyer, Robert Toombs, defended the Methodists and won the case. The beginning of the Old Independence was around 1783, and it became a Methodist Church in the 1830s. In 1840, Thomas L. Wooten deeded the lot on which the Old Church building stood to the trustees. In 1870, this church building was sold to the black people who moved it to land given them to them in Tignall. A new church building was erected, and in 1871 Bishop George F. Pierce preached the dedication sermon. A Sunday school celebration was held in 1879 with almost 1,000 attending. Dr. A. G. Haygood, President of Emory College delivered the address. The church has been remodeled many times. In 1930 the Church School Annex was added and a Fellowship Hall was built in 1974. Many prominent families in the county have been identified as members of this church. Several have been licensed to preach at her altars, the more prominent being, Reverend J.W. Hinton, D.D., a preacher and writer of national fame.
It is known that enslaved persons attended services here, as well.
I believe this was originally the high school gymnasium. It was likely built in the 1930s or early 1940s.
After the high school closed in 1966, the belfry was saved and fashioned into a gazebo.
Its present appearance might be called “New South Cottage” but I believe this house may have origins as a Greek Revival cottage.