Heritage Hall

The home of the Morgan County Historical Society, known as Heritage Hall, is one of the most striking antebellum homes on Madison’s main street.

From the historical marker in front of this house:

As the county gained more plantations, Madison attracted nearby planters desiring to shop, socialize, learn, and worship. Some planters also built in-town homes. Antebellum architecture reflected the shift from the early yeoman farmer society to a slave-based plantation economy, dominated by a handful of planters whose grand homes spoke of their status.

Antebellum architecture also marked the community’s growing prosperity as well as an interest in the newly fashionable Greek Revival architecture. Stylish homes were added and older homes updated throughout the city environs, building a reputation of a progressive and cultured town.

The Johnston-Jones-Manley House (c.1811) acquired its later Greek Revival façade during the 1840-1850s and was moved 200 feet to face S. Main Street in 1908, thus allowing the construction of the Methodist Church (1914). In 1977, a Manley heir donated the home to the Morgan County Historical Society, Inc., who manages it as a heritage tourism site-Heritage Hall, a house museum with period furnishings.

Johnston-Jones-Manley House (circa 1811)
277 South Main Street
Madison, Georgia

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Wade-Porter-Fitzpatrick-Kelly House

Another one of the beautiful antebellum homes in Madison, Georgia.  I am amazed that this home has survived with a huge front yard right on Main Street!  This beautiful Greek-revival style house really has the plantation look but is right in the middle of this gorgeous little town.

Wade-Porter-Fitzpatrick-Kelly House (circa 1852)
507 South Main
Madison, Georgia

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A town Sherman spared

As most people know, during the Civil War, General Sherman marched through the Atlanta area and burned most of the existing architecture to the ground.  One notable exception was the town of Madison, Georgia where we spent Christmas morning with my daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Ryan.

One of Madison’s leading citizens, Senator Joshua Hill, was a strong unionist who had resigned his seat in 1861 rather than join the rest of the Georgia delegation in seceding from the union. He had made a gentleman’s agreement with Sherman not to burn the city.  As a result, the town is one of the best examples of antebellum architecture in Georgia.

The image here is of the Jessup-Atkinson house, which stands directly across South Main Street from the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. The house is sometimes called “Luhurst” in memory of Lula Hurst who travelled the country performing an act consisting of illusions of levitation and strength. She later married her promoter Paul Atkinson, who at one time owned the Battle of Atlanta cyclorama, and settled down in Madison until she died in 1949.

Jessup-Atkinson House (circa 1820)
Madison, Georgia

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Architectural Detail

Each year, when we go for a photo walk through historic Roswell, the group selects a few themes for the day.

This year, we picked:

  1. The color red
  2. Flowers and nature
  3. Abstracts
  4. Architectural detail

I walked past this one home on Canton Street where the leaded-glass window caught my eye and then, I noticed all the patterns of the shingles along the roof around it.  The repeating pattern and detail are very interesting but, it may be the irregularity of the pieces that I found most appealing.  While the shapes all follow the pattern, you can also see how the lines are not all perfectly straight.  Some of the shingles are a little crooked or slightly different sizes.  The window does not sit perfectly in the casing but everything seems to be as it should be.  I think this just shows the age and reminds me of how much work it must have taken to hand cut and position each piece of this house.

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Canton Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Predicting the Weather

This column is believed to represent the four seasons of the year – one on each side. The images on the closest side show a representation of the rain god – Chac shown with the nose of an elephant.  Chac is one of the most frequent images that we saw throughout Chichen Itza.

Obviously, rain was extremely important to the Maya culture.  I assume this was primarily because the Yucatan peninsula is very hot and they would have been highly dependent on rain for drinking water and agricultural irrigation.  On our visit, we have been more concerned with the over-abundance of rain related to hurricane Irma.  Either way, it is obvious that predicting the weather has been a chief concern of people for a very long time and we still don’t quite have it figured out.

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Morgan County Courthouse

For some reason, my visit to Morgan county, where my daughter and son-in-law have just moved, had me focusing on the local architecture.  The most prominent building in downtown Madison, Georgia is the Morgan County Courthouse.  The  neoclassical revival structure was built in 1905 and is believed to be the third county courthouse that has been constructed.

It was nice to get this image just a few days before Independence Day since the town square, including the courthouse was decorated with American flags all around.

Morgan County Court House
Madison, Georgia

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Dixie King Cotton – Shed House No 3

I only got to look around for  a little while at the buildings from Dixie King Cotton company that still stand along the main street in Bostwick, Georgia.  Cotton was truly king throughout much of the South and was the main contributor to the establishment and growth of this town.

Small portions of the cotton business continue to operate in Bostwick but the original company started to diminish around the period of World War I and never recovered.  I need to get back here when I have more time and really explore.  It is a great little piece of Georgia history.

Dixie King Cotton Shed House No 3
Bostwick, Georgia

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