Tag Archives: South Georgia City Halls

Morven School, 1915

A marker placed by the Morven School Alumni Association in 2002 gives insight to the institution’s history: Home schooling prevailed in Morven District among early families. After 1865, small academies were supported by private means, with limited public funds. Morven Academy, founded by Dr. Robert Hitch, had local and boarding students for twenty years. Other small schools were merged with it to from the Morven School about 1900, located about two hundred yards to the east on Mill Pond Creek. It was replaced by the two-story brick building in 1914-15, financed by a bond issue. The north wing was added about 1923…In 1935-36 a one-story brick building to the south was erected…The high school closed in 1959…Alumni have worked to restore and adapt the buildings to community uses since 1995.

It has been nicely restored and now houses City Hall and government offices.

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Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Morven GA

Fire Station, Donalsonville

The large red building has served as the Donalsonville fire station for many years, but I believe it will soon be relocated. The structure was built for the Chero-Cola Bottling Works and also housed City Hall for a time.

Donalsonville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --SEMINOLE COUNTY GA--, Donalsonville GA

Bank of Edison Building, 1904

Now used as City Hall, the Bank of Edison was built at the corner of Hartford and Turner Streets by contractor W. T. Jay of Shellman.

 

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Filed under --CALHOUN COUNTY GA--, Edison GA

George W. Jackson House, 1898, Baconton

George Washington Jackson came with his family to Dougherty County from Wilkinson County as a young boy. At the age of ten he moved with his widowed mother and brother and sister to the Mount Enon community, several miles from Baconton. He served as a lieutenant in the Confederate army and later as a county commissioner. He had farming operations all over what is today northern Mitchell County; he built this home in 1898 to replace a log farmhouse at this location. He and his wife, Eulelia Peacock Jackson, had nine children. Numerous other families lived here throughout the 20th century.

The city of Baconton saving such an important historic home and re-purposing it as their city hall is a great example of thinking outside the box. Perhaps it will serve as inspiration for other communities to pursue non-traditional avenues of preservation.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Baconton GA

City Hall, Funston

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Filed under --COLQUITT COUNTY GA--, Funston GA

Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot, 1904, Ailey

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This historic depot was renovated in 1999 for use as City Hall.

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Filed under --MONTGOMERY COUNTY GA--, Ailey GA

Bank of Jakin, 1912

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This served as Jakin’s only bank when nearly 2000 people called the area home during the lumber boom of the early 20th century. The charter for the bank was granted to Elisha Hilton. From 1923 to 1988, it served as the post office and today is in use as the city hall.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA