Tag Archives: Georgia Landmarks

George W. DeLoach House, 1892, Hagan

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The home of George Wesley DeLoach, built by Daniel Jones Nobles, is a typical Folk Victorian, common with the “New Planter Aristocracy” in this section of Georgia. DeLoach was instrumental in the establishment of Evans County.

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This house is so large it almost has the appearance of a boarding house. It’s been well-maintained over the years.

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National Register of Historic Places

Mrs. Rogers Restaurant, Claxton

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I’m not sure when they opened, but this has been a Claxton landmark for at least 50 years. I’ve eaten the buffet here and it’s just good old Southern cooking.

Dorminy-Massee House at Christmas

This historic home is one of the highlights of my hometown, and it’s beautifully decorated every Christmas season.

Town Terrace Motel, Tifton

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Built in the 1940s, this was originally known as Van Gundy’s Motor Court (sometimes called the Pink Motel). It was owned and operated by Violet Van Gundy and her brother Jack. Mrs. Van Gundy, who died in 2010, played “Baby Violet” on the Our Gang (Little Rascals) shows. According to comments, their mother Virginia, also lived with them and there was another sibling, Mildred. The pool which everyone so fondly recalls has been filled in, but otherwise the property remains largely unchanged.

Carlton McDonald writes: I lived seven years with Vi and Jack, managed the motel. We would go out to eat just about every night as Vi loved to eat. Vi was the most tantalizing person I’ve ever known, her smile would light up any room. She was a very Christian lady, always helping someone-I was very fortunate to have known her.

Tim Cooper: I often went swimming there and got to know Vi and her brother well.. Very nice people. She told me about living in Hollywood and how it wasn’t the same now as it was back then.. it was peaceful there and I always enjoyed the music.

Steve: Swam there often in the summer and often would cover the office checking in guests so they could go out and eat! They always were “snappy” dressers and always happy.

Kimberley Stewart: As a teenager, I would also watch over the office while they ate, ran errands, in return they let me use the pool. broke my heart when pool was filled in. Great memories.

Sharlene: We lived there in 1981 for a week while our pipes were being fixed. They were both very nice people. I was a waitress in my early 20’s and late teens, they always came into the Golden Coral, sat at the same place. Always smiling and friendly. I loved to chat with them. The motel is now apartments. Great memories.

Tifton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Coolidge, Georgia

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This structure was home to Willis Mercantile.

Concord Methodist Church, 1910, Sumter County

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Concord Methodist was organized in 1846. Reverend Daniel Fresley was the first pastor.

Chattahoochee County Jail, 1902, Cusseta

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This jail was constructed to replace an earlier wooden jail. It was used by the county until 1975. Like many other Georgia jails of the era, it was built by Pauly Jail Manufacturing Company, but unlike most jails it didn’t include a warden’s living quarters or a kitchen area.

National Register of Historic Places

First Baptist Church, Cusseta

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The congregation dates to 1839, but I’m unsure as to the date of construction of the present church.

Schley County Courthouse, 1899, Ellaville

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This Romanesque Revival landmark was designed by Golucke & Stewart.

National Register of Historic Places

Ellis Pure Oil Station, Ellaville

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John Battle writes: During the 1940’s this was a Pure Oil service station operated by Mr. Monroe Ellis.