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St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 1898, Tifton

An effort to locate isolated Episcopalians in South Georgia during the 1890s saw the establishment of several congregations, including St. Anne’s in Tifton. Edmund Harding Tift, brother of Tifton’s founder, Captain Henry Harding Tift, was at the forefront of this effort. The Tift family were vastly successful in the shipbuilding and lumber industries and gave resources and labor to the construction of St. Anne’s, which began in March 1898. The Carpenter Gothic sanctuary is clad in curly pine.

By the early 1980s, the congregation was beginning to outgrow its historic home and with an eye on new construction, moved it to its present location from the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street in 1982.

Replaced by a more modern church in 1985,  “Little St. Anne’s”, as it’s affectionately known, is still used for various services.

Thanks to my former Young Harris College classmate Emily Guerry, who serves as Parish Administrator, for a delightful personal tour and history lesson.

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William Cobb House, 1905, Tifton

Tifton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Tifton

Tifton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Bank of Tifton, 1917

Designed by William Edwards of the Atlanta firm of Edwards & Sayward, the Bank of Tifton is one of the most distinct commercial structures in the historic district. Several banks have occupied the site over the years and it is presently an Ameris Bank. The wing on the right side is a later expansion.

Tifton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Freight Depot, 1910, Tifton

Tifton has more depots per capita than any other town I can think of in South Georgia, with four extant, plus another at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

The old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad freight depot has housed the Tifton Terminal Railway Museum since 2008; it has limited hours.

This Southern Railway passenger coach is identified with a Flint River sign. I’m not sure of its history at this time, but is likely a salvage.

Tifton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Pope House-Lankford Manor, 1892, Tifton

Built for the Pope family in 1892, this was converted to a boarding house and restaurant in 1934 by the Lankford family. Pre-interstate, when US41 was a main north-south route to Florida, it was one of the busiest tourist sites in Tifton and known statewide, even nationally. After the boarding house ceased operation, the popular restaurant remained a Tifton landmark for many years.

Tifton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Neoclassical Revival House, Tifton

Tifton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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