Built by J. L. Huggins for Sam and Mary Amanda Way, this is one of several outstanding Victorians in Hawkinsville’s residential historic district. Sam Way served as mayor of Hawkinsville and later as a Georgia State Representative.
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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.
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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.