7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about West Georgia

IMG_1942West Georgia’s history is filled with interesting places and people. Here are some fun facts to mention at your next dinner party:

  1. Susan Hayward, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1958 for her portrayal of a female death row inmate, lived in Carrollton during the last years of her life. Visitors can pay their respects at her gravesite near the front entrance of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Carrollton.
  2. Horton’s Books and Gifts at 410 Adamson Square, Carrollton, is the oldest bookstore in Georgia. Sales are still rung up on the store’s original 1892 cash register.
  3. Famous Georgia architect Neel Reid, best known for designing Callaway Gardens, designed the Carrollton Community Activities Center, located at 118 South White Street in Carrollton.
  4. Banning Mills, located on Snake Creek in Whitesburg, was the site of several scenes in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.
  5. Thomas Dorsey, known as the “Father of Gospel” music, was born in Villa Rica on July 1, 1899. Dorsey’s compositions include the gospel classics “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and “Peace in the Valley,” which was made famous by Elvis Presley. A Georgia Historical Marker honoring Dorsey stands at West Wilson Street and U.S. 78 in Villa Rica.
  6. Temple gained statewide attention in the early 20th century because of the Temple Model School, known for its agricultural and homemaking programs and for its horse-drawn transportation system-the nation’s first school bus.
  7. At the West Georgia Museum in Tallapoosa, a 30-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex greets visitors. The museum also includes seven other dinosaur models, as well as other historical artifacts from West Georgia’s past.