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Leon’s TV Service, Moultrie

The television and VCR repairman is certainly a vanishing occupation, if it’s not gone already. I made this shot in 2008. A sign just inside the entryway noted that Leon was an authorized Sylvania Tee-Vee repairman.

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First Avenue, Moultrie

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Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Colquitt Theatre, Circa 1943, Moultrie

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This Art Deco landmark now serves as the senior citizens center. Built by Charlie Powell and remodeled after burning in 1956, it’s one of the most visually appealing theatres in South Georgia.

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Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Citizens Bank Building, 1912, Moultrie

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I believe the first primary tenant of this building was the Citizens Bank of Moultrie, which was established in 1900, but first utilized another facility. Monty Carlton writes that it’s known today as the Commercial Building and over the years has housed everything from doctor’s offices to dress shops.

Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Old Colquitt County Jail, 1915, Moultrie

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This is one of the best examples of a “Citadel Style” jail in Georgia. It now serves as the headquarters for the Moultrie-Colquitt Chamber of Commerce.

National Register of Historic Places

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Elephant Tombstone, Colquitt County

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Ask anyone in Moultrie about the “elephant” and they’ll gladly direct you to the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church , where you’ll find the final resting place of William F. Duggan, Sr. (18 January 1899-22 December 1950). Locals contend that this is the most famous landmark in Colquitt County and since it’s thought to be the only life-sized elephant tombstone in the world, the distinction seems appropriate. The life-size sculpture depicts Nancy, a baby elephant owned by Duggan, who had just bought a circus at the time of his death. As a boy, Duggan worked with elephants in various circuses and always favored them. His son had this sculpture commissioned after his death. Athens-based photographer Dagmar Nelson shares a bit more of the history here.

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Iron Cross of Private Henry T. Rogers, Moultrie

1 January 1842 – 22 September 1903, Company A, 11th Battallion, Georgia Artillery, “Sumter Flying Artillery”

Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Saturday’s Store, Colquitt County

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Located near Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church, this old store was once “out in the country”; Moultrie’s growth over the years, however, places it just on the edge of town today.  Brian Saturday confirms that it was owned by his great-grandparents V. L. and Junie K. Saturday.

As of mid-2017, this structure has been razed.

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Colquitt County Courthouse, 1902, Moultrie

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This Neoclassical Revival landmark was designed by the Andrew P. Bryan Company. It hasn’t always been painted white. The Confederate Monument, on the lawn, was erected in 1909.

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Visit GPB for a wonderful walking tour of historic Moultrie.

National Register of Historic Places

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Friedlander’s Department Store, 1936, Moultrie

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At the age of 16, in 1907, Louis Friedlander came to Colquitt County and began a business of peddling sundries to local farmers, first on foot and later with a mule and wagon. He opened a small store at this location in 1908, known originally as the Bargain Store but soon thereafter changed to Friedlander’s. He built this structure in 1936, even though the community was suffering immensely from the ravages of the Great Depression, and it became one of the most successful retailers in South Georgia. A recent restoration reinforces the importance of this local landmark, one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Georgia. I made the photo below in 2008, before it was restored.

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Many Moultrie folks have great memories of Friedlander’s. Fay Brock writes: I worked in the office at Friedlander’s from November 1967 until August 1970. I loved my time spent there, I really learned a lot working for this family owned and operated business. The books from all of the stores were kept in this main location. There were about 6 or 7 stores in Georgia and two in Daytona Beach, Florida. They gave me my first real job, and I will be forever grateful that they had enough faith in me to give me the opportunity. Judy Plymel recalls: wow..if this store could talk.. bought so many cool clothes here.. my first prom dress.. when I was a little girl.. my Easter shoes.. Easter dress on occasion.. it was 3 stories.. and the only one in town with an elevator for many years.. such a cool store at the time.. I can add that my hometown of Fitzgerald also had a Friedlander’s store when I was a boy. My great aunt, Gladys Brown, worked there for many years and visiting her was always a treat.

Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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