The architecture of this rural schoolhouse, between The Rock and Thomaston, led me to think it was a Rosenwald, but it just has similar features. It has been identified by Cynthia Jennings as the Ben Hill School. It is very endangered. It was likely built between 1910-1930 to serve African-American children in the community.
This extraordinary saddlebag features shingle-sided walls at both ends, an unusual feature for such a utilitarian structure.
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.
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.
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.