On Ellenwood Drive at College View Street, on the right when traveling north on Ellenwood Drive.
This park is the last piece of unused land of the original campus of Bowdon College (1856-1936). It was also the backyard of the McDaniel-Whatley home, the last remaining building of that institution. Mr. Vachel D. Whatley Sr. graduated from Bowdon . . . — — Map (db m108112) HM
On City Hall Avenue, 0 miles east of Wood Alley, on the right when traveling east.
Bowdon is near the geographical center of the last land in Georgia owned by the Creek Nation and ceded to the U.S. This tract, approximately 550 sq. mi. in area, is 80 mi long and 10 mi. wide at its widest point.
When Carroll County was . . . — — Map (db m31329) HM
On West College Street (Georgia Route 166) 0 miles west of College View Street, on the right when traveling west.
Bowdon College was Georgia’s fifth chartered institution of higher education and first coeducational institution. Bowdon was a frontier community of merchants and yeomen who nourished the growth of a school where earnest students of limited means . . . — — Map (db m31328) HM
On U.S. 27 at Interstate 20, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 27.
When Georgians B.F. White and E.J. King compiled the songbook, The Sacred Harp, in 1844, they were continuing a singing tradition, which would ultimately become identified with the book. Thousands of southerners would be exposed to music . . . — — Map (db m10036) HM
On Rome Street at Alabama Street, on the left when traveling north on Rome Street.
Carrollton was incorporated December 22, 1829, and named in honor of Charles Carroll, last living signer of the Declaration of Independence.
In 1830, the town was surveyed and lots were laid out, with the central feature being the town square, . . . — — Map (db m115249) HM
On Newnan Street (Georgia Route 166) at Dixie Street, on the right when traveling east on Newnan Street.
Carroll County, created by an act of the Georgia legislature in December, 1826, proudly bears the name of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
Charles Carroll was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1737. He attended preparatory schools in this country . . . — — Map (db m12872) HM
On Dixie Street, 2 miles south of West Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
During the war between the states Carrollton was spared a bloody battle but she sustained four raids by Union troops. The last raid occurred 15 days after the surrender at Appomattox when troops commended by Union General John Croxton, returning . . . — — Map (db m12871) HM
On Maple Street (Georgia Route 166) 0 miles east of W. Lake Drive, on the right when traveling west.
In 1936, a young attorney from the Victory community began investigating the possibility of bringing electric service to rural farms and homes in the West Georgia area. Together with rural merchants, farmers, a preacher and a mail carrier, they . . . — — Map (db m12804) HM
On Newnan Street (Georgia Route 166) east of South Tanner Street, on the right when traveling east.
Born within a few miles of each other were six people who are recognized as giants of industry in the southeast. Asa G. Candler of Villa Rica was founder and first president of Coca-Cola; Sam Candler Dobbs, president of Coca-Cola; Arthur Acklen, . . . — — Map (db m61023) HM
On Maple Street at Front Campus Drive, on the right when traveling west on Maple Street.
In January, 1908, the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School opened here with 96 students under Principal John Holland Melson. In 1933 the state withdrew support from its agricultural high schools and also Bowdon College, eleven miles . . . — — Map (db m195815) HM
On Bankhead Highway (U.S. 78) just west of South Candler Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Bank of Villa Rica was Carroll County’s oldest financial institution, and one of the oldest financial institutions in the State of Georgia. The bank was chartered with $15,000 of capital when it opened in 1899. This was one of the few banks that . . . — — Map (db m107248) HM
On South Carroll Street near South Carroll Road and Montgomery Street (U.S.78) (U.S. 78), on the left when traveling south.
The Villa Rica bus station, formerly located on this site, was on the route of the 1961 Freedom Riders that departed Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961 with New Orleans, Louisiana, as its final destination.
Freedom riders were civil rights . . . — — Map (db m42416) HM
On Rockmart Road (Georgia Route 101) 0.2 miles north of North Dogwood Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Fullerville Jail served the city of Fullerville, Ga. from 1916 to 1956. According to former Fullervillions, the city’s first jail was made of wood and burned to the ground. According to former Fullervillions who witnessed the burning of the . . . — — Map (db m108708) HM
On Tyson Road, 0.5 miles north of Flat Rock Road, on the right when traveling north.
In the mid-1600s, John Tyson traveled from the British Isles to Virginia. Over the next 200 years, his descendents migrated to North Carolina and on to Georgia. Alexander, Clement, and Jehu Tyson and their mother Penelope settled this land in 1853. . . . — — Map (db m10041) HM
On North Carroll Road at East Church Street, on the right when traveling east on North Carroll Road.
This Amphitheater is located on the site of what was once the heart of commerce in Villa Rica for more than 100 years.
By 1900, the two–block area to the east of here was developed by the Villa Rica Cotton Oil Mill, whose . . . — — Map (db m111229) HM
On West Bankhead Highway (Georgia Route 78) at South Dogwood Drive, on the left when traveling west on West Bankhead Highway.
Thomas Andrew Dorsey, composer of over 400 blues and gospel songs, lived here following his birth in Villa Rica on July 1, 1899. At Mt. Prospect Baptist Church he was exposed to shape-note singing and at home learned to play a used pump organ, . . . — — Map (db m10043) HM
On North Carroll Road at Main Street (Georgia Route 61) when traveling south on North Carroll Road.
Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born July 1, 1899, in Villa Rica. He learned to play the piano as a young man. His blues style combined with southern Christian praise songs earned him the title “The Father of Gospel Music.”
His best known . . . — — Map (db m111198) HM
On Bankhead Highway (U.S. 78) at South Candler Street, on the left when traveling west on Bankhead Highway.
Around 11:00 a.m. on December 5, 1957, a natural gas leak under Berry’s Pharmacy caused an explosion that destroyed four buildings and damaged several others in Villa Rica’s downtown. The explosion killed twelve and injured twenty. The tragedy . . . — — Map (db m10044) HM
On Main Street (Georgia Route 61) at North Candler Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
In the early 1900’s several textile mills and warehouses lined Villa Rica’s Main Street. The mills provided an economic stimulus for decades as the transition was made from agricultural to industrial products. The cotton mills paid cash wages . . . — — Map (db m107275) HM
On West McIntosh Circle, 2 miles south of Georgia Route 5, on the right when traveling east.
Here at the home of Creek Chief Wm McIntosh, a treaty establishing a new boundary between the CHEROKEE and CREEK Indian Nations was drafted and signed. The north boundary was later used in the first survey of Carroll County in 1826-27. — — Map (db m12547) HM
On West McIntosh Circle, 2 miles south of Georgia Route 5, on the left when traveling south.
William McIntosh, Scotch-Coweta Chief of the Coweta Towns, distinguished soldier in the battle of Autossee and Horseshoe Bend, and in the Seminole Wars with the rank of Brigadier-General, was killed by Upper Creeks and is buried here, the site of . . . — — Map (db m12548) HM
On West McIntosh Circle (Georgia Route 5) 2 miles south of Georgia Route 5, on the right when traveling east.
It was relocated from near Centre, Alabama by W.O. Kilgore Construction with funds provided by the Department of Natural Resources and private sector funds raised by the Abraham Baldwin Chapter, NSDAR as requested by Carroll County, Georgia. . . . — — Map (db m110846) HM