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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.
This is among the grandest homes in Vienna, which has a wonderful historic district full of surprises like this one. It was built by P. G. McDonald from timber cut at his Dooly County farm. In the years following, it was owned by longtime Vienna mayor Jack DeLiesseline and his wife Ethyl, who was a well-known poet and camellia cultivator. It was purchased in 1976 by the Couch family, who have beautifully maintained and restored it ever since. Thanks to Laura Couch Fokes and her delightful mother, Diane Couch, for sharing the history of this special place. Diane’s love for the house and its history is truly inspiring!
Gothic design was all the rage in Vienna in the first decade of the 20th century, at least on Church Street. This beautiful structure, as well as the Methodist church just a couple of blocks away, are two of Vienna’s most architecturally significant houses of worship. The cornerstone reads: Providence Baptist Church, Organized 1836 – Renamed First Baptist Church of Vienna, 1890.
Formed in 1849 as the Vienna Episcopal Methodist Church, Vienna United Methodist Church is today located in this beautiful Gothic Revival landmark. It’s the third location to house the congregation.