Though it’s been moved a short distance from its original location, the old AB&A Depot at Lilly is one of the best unrestored examples of early 20th century railroad structures of this type in Georgia.
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On my return photo trip to Lilly I was lucky enough to meet Mike Bowen, who shared the history of the school and the church across the street. He also let me go inside and look around, which I greatly appreciated. The school was built by Governor George Busbee’s father, Perry Busbee, at a cost of $1500. Though monies were appropriated several years ago for a restoration, it never happened for some reason. Mike reports that a buyer with a mind toward preservation is about restore it.
The wainscoating is found throughout and one of the rooms even has the original blackboards!
The room below is being used for storage of extra theatre chairs. They’re certainly not original to the space.
The Lilly School is said to be one of the only such structures of its kind in Georgia with an auditorium on the second floor. Betsy McGriff notes that the old Stillmore School (recently burned) had one and Rebecca Wind states that the old Atkinson County High School building in Pearson also has one. It’s quite an interesting feature, as the following photos will attest. The chairs are not original to the building; they were surplus, given by a school in Wilcox County.
For an older view and great comments regarding childhood memories of this school:
Though it’s not in use as a regular church anymore, this great old church is rented for weddings, reunions, and the like. For an earlier image with many interesting memories:
This was originally the Bank of Lilly, before the stock market crash of 1929. For many years thereafter it was operated as a general merchandise store by Clay Ingram. Thanks to Victor McGough for the history. To see many more comments and an older photo:
The image below shows in perspective with other structures making up the National Register Historic District.