Category Archives: Hawkinsville GA

Opera House, 1907, Hawkinsville

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Noted Macon architect W. R. Gunn guaranteed and delivered the best acoustics available in his 1907 design for Hawkinsville’s opera house. Hosting many traveling productions and even celebrities like Oliver Hardy in its heyday, the facility’s uses changed over time. It fell into decline by the 1970s, but thanks to a group of citizens who understood its value to the city, it was saved from demolition in 1977. Today, it again serves as a theatre and auditorium and hosts first run movies, musicians and a variety cultural events.

National Register of Historic Places

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First Methodist Church, 1951, Hawkinsville

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This congregation dates to the late 1820s and by 1832 they built their first church. A new church was built at the present location in 1857. To meet the needs of a growing congregation, a newer church was built in 1895; it served until the construction of the present church, seen here.

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Colonial Revival House, Hawkinsville

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Neoclassical Revival House, Hawkinsville

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This is similar to another house in Hawkinsville known as the Columns of Georgia, but I don’t know anything about it yet.

 

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James Oliver Jelks House, Mid-1840s, Hawkinsville

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This unusual Greek Revival is also known as the Way House.

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Smith House, 1860, Hawkinsville

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This was built as a four-room house just before the Civil War. The second floor was added soon thereafter. When a fire destroyed Hawkinsville’s only hotel in the 1880s, a 22-room addition was added to this house and it was known as the Octagon Hotel, for its octagonal porch. The hotel addition was removed in 1946 and the house remodeled and restored. It remains in the Smith family today.

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Merritt-Ragan House, 1840, Hawkinsville

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Originally a one-story home built by Simon and Maria Merritt, this was remodeled in 1895 by T. B. Ragan, who added the second floor and architectural details. It has recently been completely renovated and is one of the most imposing houses in Hawkinsville.

National Register of Historic Places

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