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Stovall-George-Woodward-Gregory House, 1908, Vienna

This landmark of the Neoclassical style was built by Dr. C. T. Stovall after “Whitehall”, his previous home at this location, burned. Stovall was Vienna’s primary physician for many years, in addition to serving as the city’s first treasurer and eventually alderman and mayor.

In 1914, he sold the home to Walter F. George, who was then serving as the Superior Court judge for the Cordele Circuit. George was elected to the United States Senate in 1922 where he would serve as one of its most influential members until shortly before his death in 1957. He sold the house in 1924.

Subsequent owners were the L. L. Woodward family, Georgia Supreme Court Associate Justice Hardy Gregory, Jr., and his nephew, Bert Gregory. Mr. Gregory graciously allowed me to photograph the house, which he is preparing for sale.

It’s been a wonderful showcase for Mr. Gregory’s numerous collections and served as his law office. The desk in this photograph came from the old Cordele depot.

A balcony affords nice views of Union Street.

A sun room over the porte cochere is an interesting feature.

It was added in the 1920s.

 

 

National Register of Historic Places

 

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Walter F. George Monument, 1950, Vienna

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Walter F. George – Jurist-Senator-Statesman – Champion of Vocational Education

This was erected on the grounds of the Dooly County Courthouse by the Georgia Vocational Association in 1950, when George was one of the most powerful men in the United States Senate. It was likely a favor to Senator George for his support of federal funding of vocational programs in American high schools.

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Webster County Courthouse, 1915, Preston

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Created in 1853 as Georgia’s 104th county, Webster County was originally known as Kinchafoonee County, but the name was changed just three years later over concerns that the name would be a source of ridicule. I personally like the name and the beautiful creek from which it was derived. Future United States Senator Walter F. George was born near Preston and taught school briefly in the area before embarking on a legal career.

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