Category Archives: Richland GA

Historic Storefronts, Richland

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Thanks to the efforts of Chip Jones and everyone at Main Street Richland, this small community exhibits a sense of pride and history that should be an example to all. Cosmetic improvements, as well as an active search for small businesses, have helped Richland make a name for itself at a time when many towns of similar size are deteriorating and being forgotten. And Richland Rum, a small craft distillery, has really put the town on the map. When they were in the planning phases, Chip Jones wrote: Richland Distilleries, a small-batch rum distiller, will open shop this fall downtown. We are hoping that will lead to more businesses and some heritage tourism growth. We are working hard to make sure our community can provide services and goods to all our citizens, especially our seniors and those living below poverty line who can no longer afford gas to shop in Columbus and Albany as their needs require.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Union Station, 1913, Richland

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Since its beautiful restoration, this historic depot has served as Richland’s City Hall and Rail Museum. Originally known as Union Station, it was primarily associated with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. It was used by CSX into the 1980s, and briefly the Georgia Southwestern Railroad.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Richland Masonic Temple

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The main tenant in this commercial block is Smith Lodge, No. 85, Free & Accepted Masons.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Little’s Drug Store, Richland

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Thanks to Jimmy Bankston and Chip Jones for the identification.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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People’s Bank, 1905, Richland

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The largest building in the photograph, the People’s Bank of Richland, is now home to the equally historic Stewart-Webster Journal.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Richland Hotel & Bank, 1890

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This served as both a hotel and bank. Its restoration in such a small town is a wonderful example of what communities can accomplish when they prioritize their history. Chip Jones should be commended for the great work he has done at Richland Main Street.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Pig Fest Mural, Richland

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The second weekend in November will be the 19th year that Richland has been holing their annual PigFest, which is as much about community as it is barbecue, but the barbecue. That’s just magic.

 

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