Here’s an old postcard view of the house, also known locally as Twenty Columns. It was shared by Bobby Thomas Akins, who noted: “…when I was a boy, it had a second floor balcony around the three fourths of the house. My sister-in-law Ellen Akins and I were taken through the house by Mrs. Garbutt, a real southern aristocrat, but very friendly and kind. The little room on top of the house contained a copy of every newspaper ever produced by the Lyons Progress tied up neatly with string, stacked up around the walls of the room. [The house] had the most beautiful furniture I have ever seen.”
This mural highlights the historical play, Tales from the Altamaha, which has become a much-anticipated local event. It’s based on the stories of folklore and cultural history collected by Colonel Thomas Ross Sharpe. A native of the part of Tattnall County which became Toombs County in 1905, Colonel Sharpe (1893 – 1968) served Toombs County as a State Representative, and helped organize the Altamaha EMC.
The social center of Toombs County for many years, the Elberta Hotel once hosted such notables as Margaret Mitchell and Al Capone. Restored and used as a retail location, it remains one of the busiest places in Lyons.
This is one of the most unique and last of the WPA post offices built in Georgia.
This image depicts a doe and fawn, in Wild Duck and Deer, by Italian sculptor Albino Manca (1897 – 1976).
This view shows more of Albino Manca’s wall sculpture, Wild Duck and Deer, in the background.
One of the most beautiful sculptures in Georgia, this eagle was created by the great Italian sculptor Albino Manca.