Category Archives: Vidalia GA

Masonic Hall & Darby Bank Building, Circa 1916, Vidalia

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The first two businesses to occupy the lower flowers of this building were a pharmacy and doctor’s office. First National Bank located here in 1926 and upon their departure around 1931, the Darby Bank moved in and remained until 1973. The Masonic Lodge was located on the third floor from the 1910s until they relocated in the 1980s.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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First National Bank Building, 1910, Vidalia

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W. D. Donovan, the first president of the First National Bank, built this structure using the design of Ivey P. Crutchfield. By the late 1920s or early 1930s, First National moved to a different location and this served as Darby Bank for a time.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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100 Southwest Main Street, Vidalia

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The architecture of this structure, one of the nicest commercial buildings in Vidalia, would suggest it may have been a bank, but in all the literature about the historic district, I cannot seem to locate an identification and there isn’t a walking tour guide like some towns have. This is a bit surprising, but I hope someone will be able to help.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Western Auto Ghost Sign, Vidalia

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Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sears Roebuck Sign, Vidalia

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This is on the rear side of the old Sears store, above the freight door.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Coca-Cola Sign, Vidalia

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This restored vintage sign is now used to advertise a law firm.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefronts, Vidalia

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Vidalia’s downtown still has quite a few historic storefronts, and many are still in use.

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The black front on the building just left of center is Vitrolite, an increasingly endangered mid-20th-century “modern” building material that’s most often seen on theatres and jewelry stores.

Vidalia Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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