Demorest, Ga. – A College Town

The bridge was modeled after the Vanderbilt University 21st Avenue Pedestrian Bridge (picture above)

Demorest is in Habersham County.  Gainesville to Demorest is 26 miles northeast.

Demorest is a small quaint town.  The town has two small blocks of buildings.  In 1889, Demorest was a “temperance town” consequently the making, serving or giving away alcoholic beverages was prohibited.  The town was named for William Jennings Demorest a prohibition leader.

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Piedmont College is a private, liberal arts institution. Founded in 1897, Piedmont’s campus has 300 acres in a traditional residential-college setting.

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Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Museum. The museum is owned by Piedmont College and is named for Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Mize was born in Demorest, and played baseball at Piedmont. The museum houses Mize memorabilia from his time at Piedmont as well as from his baseball career with the Cardinals, Giants and Yankees. 280 Laurel Ave.  Museum is open M-S, admission is free

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JOHNNY MIZE ATHLETIC CENTER AND MUSEUM

Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art – 567 Georgia St. – the museum displays the art collection of Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein, the collection comprises hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and pieces of art glass and crystal. The gallery is open M-S,  9-5, admission is free

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City Park – next to Piedmont College has a monument honoring Johnny Mize

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TRAIN DEPOT BUILT 1903 – TRACKS REMOVED – MAINE ST.  34 34 001 – 83 32 205