Standing in front of Liberty Hall is this statue of Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883), former United States Congressman, Governor of Georgia, and Vice President of the Confederate States of America. In the hidden pictures I show the inscriptions on all four sides of the monument and they are well worth reading. If the man was only half as noble and...more
Standing on a sidewalk on the east side of the Taliaferro County Courthouse, facing Alexander Street, you will find the Taliaferro County Confederate Monument, erected 33 years after the ill-fated War for Southern Independence ended. It is a simple marble obelisk resting on a pedestal. The inscription on the front of the monument is eloquent in its...more
crawfordville was the home of alexander h. stephens, vice president of the confederacy. prior to the civil war stephens owned several thousand acres and owned 34 slaves. in 1842 he was a georgia representive to the U.S. house of representives. stephens was the vice president of the confederacy between 1861 and 1865. a physically frail man that...more
The centerpiece of Alexander H. Stephens State Historic park is Liberty Hall the home of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, a United States Congressman, Governor of Georgia, and Vice President of the Confederate States of America.Stephens bought the estate in 1845 and made his home here until his death in 1883. He once owned several thousand adjoining...more
The oldest and largest church in Crawfordville is the picturesque Crawfordville Baptist Church, which sits between Liberty hall and the town's Cemetery. It is on land that was surrounded by the Alexander H. Stephens estate and it predates both the town and the County. It was the first Christian church in the area, originally called Bethel and...more
The Taliaferro County Courthouse, which sits in the heart of downtown Crawfordville, was built in the High Victorian style in 1902. Designed by Lewis F. Goodrich, it is the county's second courthouse. The first was built in 1828, and demolished in 1901 to make room for the current courthouse.Taliaferro County (That's pronounced "Tolliver," Y'all),...more
Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883) is buried in front of his beloved Liberty Hall. Stephens was frail and sickly for all of his life and was a lifelong batchelor.Also, beside the Alexander H. Stephens tomb is the grave of his half brother, Linton Stephens. Linton was a Lt. Col. who served with the Georgia Infantry in the War Between the States. He...more
Alexander H. Stephens State Historic Park preserves the home of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confedreate States of America. However, it also has other attractions. In addition to the Stephens home and historic site, there is a junior olympic swimming pool, hiking trails, picnic areas, RV and tent campground, children's playgrounds,...more
Just by glancing across the Crawfordville Cemetery I would reckon that more people lay interred here that the current population of Crawfordville.The property for the cemetery was given to Crawfordville, in 1873, by the town's favorite son, Alexander Hamilton Stephens. Ironically, he is not buried here, but lies just a hundred yards or so away in...more
When I visited Crawfordville in September, 2007, it was my first time back to this town in about 15 years. The Golucke Park was not there before, and I was happy to see that it had become a very pretty addition to the downtown area. It occupies a corner lot on Broad Street, across from the court house, where a building had once been.The new park,...more
The Confederate Museum, sitting next to Liberty Hall in Crawfordville, contains one of the finest collections of memorbilia from the War Between the States to be found in Georgia. It is operated by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Exhibits in the museum take the visitor down the "Road to War," from...more
The Country Cafe, across the street from the courthouse, seems to be the most thriving business left in Crawfordville. They still have a decent lunchtime crowd here.
The Country Cafe was formerlly known as "Mrs. Bonner's Cafe", and was highly praised by the popular book, "Roadfood USA." Folks from all over the United States and many different countries have signed the guest register here after enjoying a hearty meal of good down-home Southern cooking.
I remember eating here when Mrs. Bonner was still living, in the late 1980s. She was a very old woman at the time and I marveled that she was still dedicated to serving her customers - personally taking my order and and serving me and my family a delicious plate lunch. Mrs. Bonner is now gone on to that great diner in the sky, but the Country Cafe continues the tradition. It's the only place to eat in Crawfordville and an excellent one at that.
It is so sad to see a little town like Crawfordville wither on the vine. I can remember when downtown Crawfordville had two small grocery stores and years earlier there had been more. Now there are none.
Bill's Grocery and Meats, pictured here, was a General Store which once served as the center of activity and commerce in the little town - selling everything from hardware to produce. Old men sat on the bench in front of the store, directly across from the Courthouse, and gossiped with those who occasionally passed by.
The last time I was in Bill's store, around 1990, Bill - then an old man - asked if I would be interested in buying his business so he could retire. Apparently Bill never found a buyer, and the store eventually closed. Now even the roof has fallen in. Almost every other business in Crawfordville has also closed as young people have moved away to find work in the bigger cities and the population has dwindled. One by one, many of the older folks have been laid to rest in the Crawfordville Cemetery.
My fondest memories of Crawfordville were the ten years that I directed a summer Youth Camp, using the group camp facilities of the A. H. Stephens State Park. The camp was sponsored by the church which I pastored in Augusta (an hour to the west) from 1977-1992.Camp Stephens - some of the campers thought it was named for me - was the perfect spot...more
When you arrive in Crawfordville you just might get a Deja-vu feeling as if you have been here before. Actually, you have very likely seen Crawfordville before at the movies but just didn't know where it was. The town is "picture perfect" for film makers who want to find a small Southern town which time has forgotten. Nothing much has changed here...more
I have been visiting Crawfordville - or passing through it - for more than 40 years, and it seems that this mural has always been there, proclaiming "A Dixie Welcome to Crawfordville." The mural proudly proclaims that Crawfordville is the "Home of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy and Governor of Georgia." The sign also...more