Louvale and Lumpkin, Georgia – Off the Beaten Path

From Columbus take Ga. 27 to Louvale, turn on Old Louvale Rd.   There is one store/museum,   Jimmie Dicks Museum and Antiques.  It was closed when I was there.

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There are four churches are in a line on the same piece of property.   The Antioch Primmitive Baptist Church, founded 1832 in Pleasant Valley, moved to Moccasin Gap 1842 and here 1851. Present Church was erected c. 1885 to replace original log structure.

Marvin Methodist Church, founded 1830 in Green Hill. Moved here 1990 when present building was erected.

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Leaving Louvale  go south on Hwy 27, turn right on Canyon Road/Ga 39, Providence Canyon is a short distance. The canyon is at: 8930 Canyon Road

 

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Providence Canyon is a state park it has two picnic shelters, pioneer campsites and backcountry campsites for a fee.  There is an Interpretive Center.  There are several areas to view the canyon from the rim.  If you like to hike there are trails to the bottom of the canyon.

Providence Canyon historic plaque reads: Trickles of water running down old Indian paths to springs formed the Providence Canyons, natural wonders of the Southeast. These canyons, named for an old church that had to be moved out of their path, are often called “Little Grand Canyons” because of brilliant color effects of the 43 different soils revealed in the walls. These vari-colored walls and sharp pinnacles make the view awe-inspiring. The canyons cover several hundred acres. The largest is a half mile long, 300 feet wide and 150 feet deep.

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Lumpkin

The Stewart County Courthouse is in the town of Lumpkin.  After a fire destroyed the courthouse the town rebuilt in 1922. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse sits in a square with streets on all sides.  There are two historical markers in front.

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Lumpkin is named for Wilson  Lumpkin, a two-term governor of Georgia, U.S. Senator. and U.S. Representative.  He was a leading Advocate of state rights and “Indian Removal. “

Most of the buildings in town are empty.  There was a Dr. Hatchett’s Drugstore Museum but is closed and will not reopen.

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Bedingfield Inn (the large picture at the top) is on the town square. It has a log cabin and historic plaque behind the main house.   It is listed in the Register of Historic Places. It has several events during the year.

The historic plaque is behind the Inn reads:   The Bedingfield Inn or Tavern was constructed on this site in 1836 by Dr. Bryan N. Bedingfield as a family residence and stagecoach stop. It was a center for commercial and community activities and a one day’s travel from Columbus, Fort Gaines, Americus, and Eufaula, Alabama. Also known as the “Harrell House,” “Cuba House” and “Ard House,” it continued as a hotel or boarding house into the 1930’s. In 1965, it was purchased by the Stewart County Historical Commission and restored as an 1840 house museum.

 

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Historic Westville is moving to Columbus.  They will close on December 23rd.   Westville is a living history museum recreating an 1850 Georgia town.   I was there the first weekend in December and the townspeople was dressed in period dress.  Buildings include a courthouse, church, school, stores, craft shops, and houses.  I really enjoyed myself, the buildings were open and the townspeople available to answer questions.  I imagine that moving the buildings to Columbus will be quite a feat.  When they reopen in Columbus I will visit again.

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