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Lilly Drug Company, 1911

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Like the City Hall next door, the Lilly Drug Company building is one of the few to have survived a fire in 1920 which destroyed most of the commercial core of Lilly.

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Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Doctor’s Office, 1920s, Lilly

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Blakely Humber and Amy Thompson note that this later served as their grandfather’s (Claude Hugh Murray, d. 1965) barber shop.

Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Greek Revival House, Lilly

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This vernacular Greek Revival was likely built between 1902-1905.

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Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad Depot, Circa 1902, Lilly

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Though it’s been moved a short distance from its original location, the old AB&A Depot at Lilly is one of the best unrestored examples of early 20th century railroad structures of this type in Georgia. It’s an iconic structure which attracts numerous photographers to the area.

Victor McGough writes: When I was very young, I remember seeing the depot operating in full vigor. There were two sides. One side held freight. the other side was for passengers. I remember seeing a man with an eyeshade on sitting at a desk working at something. Later on when this depot ceased to be a working depot, the Atlantic Coast Line RR built a small shelter painted white & purple, the color of their locomotives. I only saw people get off in Lily once. I have stated before that I use to watch Mr. Pierce Nelson string up the mail bag for the train to come roaring through and drop the incoming mail on the ground. I have a video of my son waving to the engineer in a train going by the depot in the picture.

Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lilly School House, 1912, Dooly County

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On my return photo trip to Lilly I was lucky enough to meet Mike Bowen, who shared the history of the school and the church across the street. He also let me go inside and look around, which I greatly appreciated. The school was built by Governor George Busbee’s father, Perry G. Busby (I’m unsure as to why there’s a difference in the spellings), at a cost of $1500. Though monies were appropriated several years ago for restoration, it has never been completed. Mike reports that a buyer with a mind toward preservation is planning to restore it. Janis McGough Taylor added this to the history: My great-grandfather James E. McGough donated the land for this building. My father, uncles and aunt attended here as did my mother and her sister. My great grandfather’s house was a large 2 story in the lot beside the school. It burned after he died in about 1939. My father had many cousins who attended here, also. They went home for lunch (dinner in the south) but my mother had to bring her lunch as they lived out in the country.

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The wainscoating is found throughout and one of the rooms even has the original blackboards.

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The Lilly School is said to be one of the only such structures of its kind in Georgia with an auditorium on the second floor.  Betsy McGriff notes that the old Stillmore School (recently burned) had one and Rebecca Wind states that the old Atkinson County High School building in Pearson also has one. It’s quite an interesting feature, as the following photos will attest. The chairs are not original to the building; they were surplus, given by a school in Wilcox County.

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Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Post Office, Lilly

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Methodist Church, 1905, Lilly

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Though no longer used as a church in the traditional sense, this landmark is used for receptions, reunions and the like.

Lilly Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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