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Nov 16

Thomaston was a Mule Capital

Posted on November 16, 2021 at 9:54 AM by Jamesan Gramme

Mule stables once filled Thomaston’s downtown. Places like the Ritz Theater, Hometown Printers, Wtga, Baby Lane's Children's Consignment Store, Jin’s Beauty, and Pasley Funeral Home’s former location across from the Post Office were all sites for the mule sheds. Just across the street from our building, in what is now the Thomaston Health Spa at the corner of E. Lee and Center Streets, stood another. 

Pictured is E.T. Black’s mule Trading Post, built in 1916. 

Mr. Ernest Thomas Black, originally from The Rock, was a two-time Mayor of Thomaston (1918-1921) + (1924-1925), peach grower, and successful livestock dealer. In December of 1934, he and Will Trice brokered a deal with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the sale of two mules, which the President named “Tug” and “Hop” after two of his aides, Harry Hopkins, Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. Rexford Guy Tugwell, Undersecretary of the Dept. of Agriculture. President FDR was said to be delighted to have appropriately named them as one can hop while the other tugs. 

The trade added to Thomaston’s already lucrative livestock industry. At one point, this area was known as Mule Capital of the South with the largest distribution center south of Atlanta. The square was apparently so crowded with mules that wagons and buggies had a tough time crossing the streets. 

The trade eventually died out as the boll weevil invaded cotton crops across the South and the introduction of farm tractors eliminated much of the need for the animals. Mr. E.T. Black passed away suddenly in May of 1937. A few years later, his stable was destroyed by fire, eliminating one of the last traces of the thriving industry.

To view mule stable locations, click on the link for Thomaston's Sanborn Maps, 1885-1921. Thomaston Sanborn Maps

1925 November 6, ET Black stables

Thomaston Times, November 6, 1925.

1934-December-07 President buys from ET Black

Thomaston Times, December 7, 1934.

ET Black Stable burns-1945-04-12-TTimes

Thomaston Times, April 12, 1945.

ET Black Stables

E.T. Black's Mule Stables, ca. 1910's-1920's. Contributed by Charles McDaniel for the Upson County Pictorial History.

Jun 04

Flint Rose Studio has history!

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 4:50 PM by Jamesan Gramme

Fans of Flint Rose Studio! Like many downtown buildings, Fawne DeRosia’s place located at 104 N. Church Street has some impressive history.
In a recent research request, we’ve discovered this early 1927 structure housed numerous local businesses over the years. Thomaston’s Telephone & City Directories were invaluable to this research.
Starting on December 10, 1926, the Thomaston Times released the following story of a Mr. M.C. Dominy, Dublin, GA, who was about to open a new milk depot. The City Dairy Company was to be the name of this new facility. The plant was fit with equipment to bottle, pasteurize, and churn. For years, Thomaston only had two such plants.
Over time, Mr. Walter Lewis Brown took over operation of the City Dairy. While we unfortunately do not carry any photographs of the business, Brown’s son, Mr. Walter Brown, recalls the front of the store had a counter where customers could purchase milk and ice cream. The back housed the equipment used for the dairy processes. In 1945, Mr. Brown had another, larger facility built which also served the public in storing meat and other perishables. The City Dairy & Freezer Locker was located at the site of Thomaston Hardware today, although the building has since been torn down.
From the late 1940’s, Mr. Hartley Barron purchased the former City Dairy on 104 N. Church, turning it into Barron’s Photography Studio. Sometime between 1960 and 1961, Mr. Barron moved his business just next door to 106 N. Church.
By 1961, the telephone directory showed the building was occupied by Seaboard Finance Co. It remained so at least until 1968.
In 1970, our directory shows the building was then occupied by Ballew’s Furniture & Carpet Mart.
By 1972, the building was listed as vacant
Later, between 1974-1978, the Upson County Library was housed there.
1979 shows vacancy again.
Between 1981 and 1988, the site was then occupied by the County Adult Education Center.
Finally, in 1989, the listing changed to the building’s longtime owners, Jane & Frank Varner, who owned Custom Framing.
Today, 104 N. Church houses an impressive art studio! 20210604_153829 20210604_154154
Mar 17

Weaver-Dallas Home Open House

Posted on March 17, 2021 at 12:05 PM by Jamesan Gramme

Thomaston's oldest home, the Weaver-Dallas House is set for an open house, Friday, March 26th, 1:00-3:00PM. The home is for sale by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation via their Revolving Fund Program. 

The Georgia Trust asks interested parties to please RSVP to the link here.

205 South Bethel St. Thomaston, GA 30286

To learn more about the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and to see more photographs of the home, please click this link.

(Text shared from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation)

The earliest version of the Weaver-Dallas House dates to the 1820s, as a one-room house and separate doctor shop, making it the oldest house in Thomaston. Additions in the 1830s and 1840s created a 1 ½ story cottage with Federal and Classical Revival elements. Stepping on site today reveals that not much has changed since then. Located on .98 of an acre, the property includes two smoke houses, a garden shed and a 1930s car shed, and is as close to a time capsule of Georgia history as one may find today. The house has been in the same family since it was purchased by Travis Weaver in 1840. The Weaver-Dallas House lends itself to a number of residential uses, including a comfortable family home, a bed and breakfast, rental properties or an Airbnb.

The Weaver-Dallas House has fifteen rooms in the main house which includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Several of the original features in the house have been preserved, including built in bookshelves, original fireplaces and a small stage at the top of the stairs that was used for puppet shows. Modern upgrades have ensured the safety and comfort of the house for years to come.

The two smoke houses on the property have been converted into guest houses with modern amenities. The first smoke house was built in the 1820s, it has one bedroom and one bathroom. The second, larger smoke house was built in the 1840s. It has four rooms which includes an upstairs bedroom along with a kitchen and one bathroom.

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