Category Archives: Camilla GA

Twitty House, 1900, Camilla

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Scott Street, Camilla

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The street was empty at the time I made these photographs, as work was being done on the sidewalks.

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, 1914, Camilla

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This depot, which included passenger and freight areas, served Camilla for seventy years before being abandoned in 1984. It’s now home to the Camilla Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Mitchell County Courthouse, 1936, Camilla

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Designed for the WPA by William J. J. Chase, the architecture of this courthouse, like the one Chase designed for Cook County, is Stripped Classical. The eagles surrounding the clock add an Art Deco element.

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Camilla Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Vernacular House, Camilla

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First Presbyterian Church, 1910, Camilla


The church cornerstone dates the building to 1910, but the local historic marker dates it to 1900. I’m not sure the reason for the discrepancy.

Camilla Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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McRee Hall, 1907, Camilla

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James Price McRee (1862-1924) came to Mitchell County from Oconee County in 1889 and after a few years teaching at Camilla Academy, launched a successful naval stores enterprise. He commissioned prominent architect T. Firth Lockwood to build this home as a wedding present for his wife, Jeanette Wade, daughter of the sheriff of Brooks County. McRee and his business partner, Thomas I. McNeil, owned over 15,000 acres of timberland in the first decade of the 20th century and upon McNeil’s death in 1918, McRee bought out his share of the business. After a fire in 1936, the house was slightly remodeled by the Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer. The house remains the centerpiece of Camilla’s historic residential area.

National Register of Historic Places

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