Category Archives: Ludowici GA

Allen Johnston House, Circa 1858, Ludowici

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This was the home of Allen Johnston, who settled the area of  present-day Ludowici around 1850. It was known as Johnston Station until 1905. The Ludowici tile roof was added to this structure around 1905, as well. I believe Bessie O’ Neal, a granddaughter of Allen Johnston, was the last family member to live here. It’s sad to see it in this condition, as it’s the only remnant of the town’s earliest history in existence.

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Hillbilly Bait & Tackle, Ludowici

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Tom McCoy writes: This looks like the service station Ivy Horton ran when I lived in Ludowici as a kid. My dad fired the boiler at the sawmill and we lived in company housing there that was known as the “White Line” because the small houses were in a line and all white. We’re talking about 60 years ago now but I do remember that Jake Godfery was mayor then and if memory serves me correctly, the sawmill was owned by the Shepard family. It’s now home to the Ludowici Trading Company and has been painted orange.

Roger Houston and others have noted that this is best remembered today as Zip’s (Billings) Service Station & Bait and Tackle.

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Ludowici Tile House, Ludowici

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Ludowici was founded as a railroad stop (known as Four and a Half) in the 1840s; by 1850 it was known as Johnston Station, after landowner and businessman Allen Johnston. German entrepreneur William Ludowici built the “Dixie” plant of his Ludowici Celadon Company in Johnston Station in 1903, and in 1905 the town was renamed in his honor. Ludowici roofing tile is still manufactured and considered one of the finest such materials available, though it hasn’t originated in Long County in over a century. Just a handful of Ludowici tile roofs survive in the town so linked to their history, but several are well-maintained by owners. This home on Lincoln Sreet, architecturally one of the most interesting surviving, is in critical condition. (Update: As of 2015, this house has been demolished).

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One-and-a-Half Shotgun House, Ludowici

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I’ve seen shotgun houses all my life, and even the occasional double-shotgun, but this house is a one-and-a-half-shotgun.

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The Teacherage, Ludowici

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In the early years of the 20th Century, housing was generally provided to teachers at a very low cost. Caveats for residents, though, were plentiful. Women were expected not to date, to be unmarried, and to uphold a strict moral code. The building’s use evolved over time and after teachers were allowed to date and marry, it was retained by the school system.  J. W. Jackson, who served as principal of Ludowici High School well into the 1960s, resided here and was likely among the last employees of the school system to be afforded this perk. The structure has been slightly modified by the enclosure of the second floor porch, but retains much of its original appearance. It’s now a private residence.

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Hour Glass Lodge 113 F. & A. M., 1956, Ludowici

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The cornerstone reads: J. L. Baggs, P.M.; E. C. Baggs, P.M.;  F. B. Berry, W.M. Cornerstone Laid July 15, 1956. J. W. Dobbs, G.M. Prince Hall Grand Lodge

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Mobley’s Meats & Grocery, Ludowici

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