Monroe, GA

Today I launched out on a leisurely motorcycle ride before the 90F heat would hit.  Something, I’m not sure what, led me in a different direction than I would typically go.  Three quarters of an hour later I landed in Monroe, GA, the county seat of Walton County.  It’s an old, charming 19th century southern town near Athens, GA (home of the University of Georgia).

Little did I know, Walton County (and therefore Monroe) has quite a history.  Walton County was created on December 15, 1818. It is named for George Walton, one of the three men from Georgia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence.  Another of the three, Button Gwinnett, is the namesake for the county I live in.

Like so many quaint, old southern towns, it has been successfully working to make a comeback the past few years.  And being situated between two Georgia population centers (Atlanta and Athens), it is well positioned for tourism traffic, yet rural enough to maintain it’s smallness.  I loved spending an hour or so walking Main Street and pondering the history of the old buildings and court house.

B&W just seemed period-appropriate.  Usually I avoid mixing color and monochrome images in the same post, but I couldn’t help but share the colorful mural!

Monroe, GA

Monroe, GA

Monroe, GA Courthouse

Walton County Courthouse – Monroe, GA

A Peek into Yesteryear – Monroe, GA

This entry was written by Mark , posted on Sunday May 13 2018at 07:05 pm , filed under Architecture, Cityscapes . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Responses to “Monroe, GA”

  • Carl Gandolfo says:

    Beautiful set of images!! Love the quaint innocence of Small Town America!!

  • Jerry McCart says:

    Small towns provide such a rich heritage. Monroe is no exception. Your day there gave you much to experience. Your pictures do the same for me. Thank you.

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