Lavonia, Georgia –motto: “Big Time Small Town”
Lavonia is a town in Franklin County. Just off Interstate 85 exit 173 – 94 miles from Atlanta
The founding of the town of Lavonia came as the result of the expansion of the railroad in northeast Georgia. A railroad line known as the Elberton-Airline Railroad desired another station further to the north. In a move typical for the time, businessmen in the area determined to build a town around the new railroad station. Most of the buildings that were built in the late 1800s and early 1900’s is still standing.
The Depot has the Welcome Center, museum and a small library about the history of the town. The welcome center is not open on the weekends. They supposedly have a walking tour map. (definitely not for tourists).
Carnegie Library – The Library was completed in 1911, after financier Andrew Carnegie donated $5,000 at the request of the Lavonia Woman’s club. On the National Register of Historic Places.
Tugaloo State Park – The name “Tugaloo” comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam. The park is on a peninsula on Lake Hartwell a 55,590-acre lake. The Park has cottages, yurts, tent and RV camping. There is also hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, geocaching and miniature golf. During the summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. I visited in February and it is a nice state park and the lake is beautiful. There was people there camping and staying in the yurts. The sun was shining but the air was cool.
Gumlog – Land of Spirits
The Gumlog area was once known for its beverages (Gumlog drinks its corn) which is where the motto, Land of Spirits, comes from. Back in the day, when teenagers visited Gumlog, they did not tell their parents. Since Gumlog is “a shame and a disgrace,” it is not an acceptable word for proper society, so it is understandable why Gumlog would never show up in a chamber of commerce brochure. Certainly, the Church has forever been trying to clean up Gumlog. North Georgia’s old-money would just as soon see Gumlog disappear. Indeed, there have even been conspiracies to do away with Gumlog entirely. So far, the neighboring jurisdictions have diminished Gumlog at every opportunity.
The above comments about Gumlog was taken from Wikipedia. When I read this I could not wait to visit Gumlog. The review must have been about the area when moonshine was a family business. A lot of areas in Georgia has a history of moonshine, Dawsonville even has a festival in the fall celebrating their moonshine history. The area has a Barbecue restaurant and bait shop. It’s a nice area they need to have someone tout the benefits of the area. Road to Tugaloo State Park goes through Gumlog.