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Grovania, Georgia

Besides Ellis Grocery, the old Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad freight depot is the last public landmark in Grovania. The graffiti on the passing train car seems to sum up how often you might encounter a scene like this today.

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Central Hallway House, Grovania

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New Perry Hotel, 1925, Perry

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The New Perry Hotel was established in 1894 as Cox’s Inn and underwent several renovations and changes of ownership in its history. A longtime icon with travelers and diners alike, it recently (as of 2016) ceased operation.

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Perry United Methodist Church, Circa 1861, Houston County

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Perhaps Perry’s most historic structure, this church was begun at the outset of the Civil War. The congregation dates to 1826 and at least two buildings served as home to the Methodist church prior to the construction of this one.  The architect of the present church, D. P. Flandreau, of Chester, New York, was so taken with the South that he left Perry to serve with the Confederacy as a member of the Southern Rights Guard. Legend suggests that a slave named Pete,  belonging to W. M. Davis, was sent by his master to learn architecture in the North, was granted his freedom after building such a fine home for Davis. It is suggested that with the help of other slaves they completed this church while their masters were away at war.

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Houston Lodge #35, F. & A. M., 1850, Perry

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Chartered in 1844, Houston Lodge met in various locations until moving into the present structure in downtown Perry in 1850.

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Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad Depot, Grovania

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It’s hard to believe that Grovania once serviced two railroads, but until about 1920, the Ocilla Southern also ran through the community. I’ve not been able to locate a date for this depot, but I believe it’s probably from the first two decades of the 20th century.

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Marshall House, Circa 1848, Houston County

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This fine Greek Revival plantation house has a double front door and double central hallway. It’s likely one of the oldest standing houses in Houston County. Thanks to James M. Marshall for the identification.

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