Explore the rich history of Elberton, Georgia through more than 200 vintage photographs and anecdotes from the locals who experienced it.
Elberton, Georgia, chartered in 1803 and chosen as the seat of Elbert County, earned fame as the Granite Capital of the World with an industry that dates back to the late 19th century. Along with the pioneering residents who first settled the area and those who brought the community to the forefront of the granite industry, this engaging pictorial collection highlights the civic, business, and cultural leaders who have shaped and defined the character of the town.
Images of America: Elberton is filled with scenes of days gone by, revealing what life was like for early Elbertonians. Highlighted are such notable individuals as Samuel Elbert, an American Revolutionary War hero and the town and county's namesake; Thomas M. Swift, merchant, mill owner, and builder of the Swift Block on North McIntosh Street; Dr. Nathaniel G. Long, medical practitioner, politician, and business entrepreneur who established the first telephone system in the city; and Edmund Brewer Tate Jr., civic and business leader who encouraged construction of the present county courthouse. Local businesses, homes, institutions, and landmarks are included as well, such as the extant Queen Anne house built by W.C. Smith on Heard Street in the late 19th century, Reuben H. Hunt's Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse of 1894-1895, and the Samuel Elbert Hotel of 1924-1925.
Coupled with informative captions, these vintage photographs tell the story that is uniquely Elberton.
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About the Author
Joyce M. Davis, native and part-time resident of Elberton, holds the BFA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees and teaches art and architectural history at Valdosta State University. Her previous works include The Architectural Legacy of Elberton. In this volume she offers a fitting tribute to her hometown and a keepsake for future generations.