Valdosta has been actively renovating their downtown historic district for several years and the results are nice to see. This innovative business was located in the historic 1886 Exchange Bank building. I’m told it’s recently moved from this location, though. (This photo was made a in 2011).
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This 70s landmark was once one of the most popular restaurants in Valdosta. Today, just an empty building and this old sign remain. I’ve been told that Burt Reynolds used to pass through Valdosta on occasion and always picked up a pile of barbeque at C. H. Mitchell’s when he was there. Don’t know if that’s true, or just urban legend, but I like it.
Colonel William S. West, who served as a United States Senator, built the Crescent between 1897-1899. It is the grandest mansion in all of Valdosta. It was saved from impending demolition by three ladies of the Valdosta Garden Club and in 1951 became home to all the city’s garden clubs. It serves as the centerpiece of the Valdosta Garden Center, which also features beautiful formal gardens and outbuildings, and has played host to countless weddings and formal functions over the years. It’s open to the public Monday through Friday from 2 PM to 5 PM, but closed during major holidays and private events.
904 North Patterson Street
For more views of the house and gardens:
Fairview National Register Historic District
This house was designed by L. F. Brown. It later became the home of Judge John Gordon Cranford, a mayor of Valdosta. It was later purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Cribbs, Sr., who completed its restoration in 1984.
Concentrated in an area of River, Varneodoe, and Wells Streets and Central Place, the village of Fairview predates the incorporation of the City of Valdosta. The neighborhood underwent three periods of development: 1840-1860; the late 1890s Victorian surge; and the 1910-1920s period of Prairie and Craftsman influence. The Fairview Neighborhood Association was instrumental in the formation of the Valdosta Heritage Foundation in 1981. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1984, the neighborhood is a model of community reinvestment through historic preservation.