Hogansville, Ga – City of Friendly People

 

Across the railroad tracks on Main Street lies a unique town.  What makes the town unique?   The circa Depot is  300 ft long  and is larger than any train station remaining in the Atlanta area.  Built in 1890 the Grand Hotel is a veranda- encircled Victorian building, the columns of the building extends out to the edge of the sidewalk.  City Hall is in the art deco style Royal Theater built in 1937 by C.O. Lam.  The Water Tower looks like a Turret from a castle, very Gothic looking it was built in 1916.  This is just some of the things that make this town special.

Some of the shops on Main Street are – Born Again Antiques, Dinkelmann Galleries, Scarlett’s Attic, Blue Train books, Dealz and Treasures.  I really like shops I can park in front of.

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The towns logo is The City of Friendly People, I have to agree, from the shopkeepers to people on the street, friendly people.

The town took its name from its founder, William Hogan who got the land through a 1826 land grant.  When Hogan and other landowners gave the right of way to the Atlanta-West Point Railroad in the 1840’s, Hogan gave 150 feet at the crossroads with the stipulation that a depot be built there.  His foresight in this grant was the beginning of the town, long before it was incorporated in 1870.

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Train Depot #17 on walking tour map

Water Tower #7 on the walking tour map

 

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Pick up a Walking Tour Map of Historic Hogansville at City Hall.  The map has 20 houses and buildings listed with a description of the history.

Dave Daniel built thus original Victorian style house in 1900 when he married Kate Hightower.   It is #10 on the Walking Tour map.

 

 

William Hogan, the founder of Hogansville, plus his two wives and several members of his family, are buried in this cemetary.  A nearby historical marker honors Hogan. The cemetary is #2 on the Walking Tour map

 

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The structure has served as the site of the Hogansville City Hall since 1985.  It is #14 on the Walking Tour Map.

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Hogansville has two festivals:   Uniques and Antiques Festival the 3rd weekend in May.   Hogansville Hummingbird Festival the 3rd weekend in October.

For more information about Hogansville check out the website, www.hogansvillega.net

Atlanta to Hogansville is 55 miles.  From I-85 take exit 28 head west –  Hogansville is 3 miles turn right on Main Street