Wrightsville is a wonderful little town which has a real interest in preserving its history. The courthouse was restored by the WPA between 1938-40, and again by the county in 1996. Luckily, attempts to demolish it in the 1970s were met with great protest by the people of Wrightsville and Johnson County. An interesting aside: it was the first of nearly 25 courthouses built by Georgia’s most prolific courthouse architect, J. W. Golucke.
For a brief biography of Golucke:
If you’re in Wrightsville around lunchtime, stop here for a great old-fashioned meal. It has a wonderful view of the courthouse and surrounding square. I had fried chicken, turnip greens, fresh creamed corn, and hoe cakes. The sweet tea was perfect, too…
One of the nicest remaining unrestored Coca-Cola murals I’ve found…
This Queen Anne was built for Bank of Wrightsville president R. L. Kent by W. C. Chester, Sr. The home was restored in the 1980s by Reverend Ernest Veal.
This is my favorite house in Wrightsville, and with it’s Folk Victorian and Eastlake elements, is quite eclectic. It gives me hope that the Marcus Street neighborhood in which it’s located will someday get much deserved inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wrightsville and Johnson County have a nice walking tour guide here:
This is thought to be the oldest house in Wrightsville. My guess is that it likely dates to the late 1880s or early 1890s. Partially destroyed by fire in 2000, it remains in stable condition.
This important shortline depot was restored by the community in the mid-1990s, and is now used by the local Chamber of Commerce.
To see the iconic office building of the railroad in nearby Tennille: