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Mary Willis Library

 
 
Mary Willis Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 10, 2002
1. Mary Willis Library Marker
Inscription. This library was Georgia’s first free (without a subscription fee) public library. Founded in 1888 by Dr. Francis T. Willis in memory of his daughter, it opened in 1889. Willis also created an endowment for the library and donated his personal collection of books. Atlanta architect Edmund Lind designed the building in the Queen Anne style and the central memorial window was made by Tiffany Studios. The library operated as a privately-endowed institution until 1967 when it became part of the regional library system. Annexes were added in 1977 and 1991.
 
Erected 2000 by Georgia Historical Society and Friends of Mary Willis Library. (Marker Number 157-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.143′ N, 82° 44.289′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of East Liberty Street and South Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling east on East Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 East Liberty Street, Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Campbell Home (within shouting distance of this
Mary Willis Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
2. Mary Willis Library Marker
marker); Duncan G. Cambell's First Law Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The White House (about 400 feet away); One of Washington's Oldest Houses (about 400 feet away); Medical Office (about 400 feet away); Great Fire of 1837 (about 400 feet away); Site of W.T. Fluker Gun Smith (about 400 feet away); Stage Coach Inn (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Also see . . .  The Mary Willis Library. (Submitted on October 9, 2009.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkNotable Buildings
 
Mary Willis Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
3. Mary Willis Library Marker
Mary Willis Library Marker and Library image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 14, 2009
4. Mary Willis Library Marker and Library
The Tiffany window is visible in the center.
The Mary Willis Library, with Marker to the left image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 2, 2009
5. The Mary Willis Library, with Marker to the left
The 1889 building designed by noted Atlanta architect Edmund George Lind was listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1972. The Mary Willis Library collection includes a number of rare books on local Georgia history, books by authors native to Washington-Wilkes, genealogical records, and memorabilia and newspapers from Washington's history.
Mary Willis Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
6. Mary Willis Library Marker
Mary Willis Library Marker and Library image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
7. Mary Willis Library Marker and Library
Marker can be seen to the left.
Entrance Doors to the Mary Willis Library image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
8. Entrance Doors to the Mary Willis Library
Mary Willis Library image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
9. Mary Willis Library
Window detail (including the Tiffany stained glass window)
The Mary Willis Library, east entrance on Liberty Street image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 2, 2009
10. The Mary Willis Library, east entrance on Liberty Street
Additions to the original building were completed in 1977 and 1991. Mary Willis is currently the headquarters of the Bartram Trail Regional Library System, which serves a three county area (Wilkes, Taliaferro, and McDuffie Counties) in northeast Georgia.
Mary Willis Library Main Door image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
11. Mary Willis Library Main Door
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,597 times since then and 198 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on November 28, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   6. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7, 8, 9. submitted on November 28, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   10. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   11. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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