Benches Placed at Courthouse for 100th Anniversary           

In recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Chattooga County Courthouse, eight memorial benches have been donated to the historic site.  The project was organized by Arch Farrar, Jr. who currently serves as President of the Chattooga County Historical Society. 

Donations were raised from families of attorneys who have practiced law in Chattooga County in the past.            

Benches were placed in memory of the following:                       

Peter L . Boney                        L . Branch S. Connelly                       

Bobby Lee Cook, Jr.               Thomas J. Espy, Jr.                       

Archibald A. Farrar                   A. Cecil Palmour                       

Robert Edward Surles           

Reaching into past centuries, the names of John D. Taylor, Clovis D. Rivers and Wesley Shropshire were placed on one of the memorials.  The donors all contributed toward the placement of this additional bench.            

The benches were manufactured in Cave Spring, Georgia by Fabco Fabrications, also known as Cave Spring Iron Works.  Jim Birdsong, owner of Fabco, delivered and supervised the placement of the benches which were bolted and secured at each site.

Four benches were placed on the Commerce Street side of the courthouse, two on the West Washington Street side and two in front of the courthouse annex.  The black wrought iron benches measure five feet in length and have Victorian style armrests and end pieces connected by vertical metal strips.  Each bench weighs two hundred thirty pounds.           

The Summerville Better Hometown Committee participated in coordination of the benches to match others already placed in downtown Summerville on Commerce Street, Washington Street, and in Willow Spring Park.           

For further information about the Chattooga County Historical Society, contact Arch Farrar, Jr. at 706-857-3497 or attend the society’s next meeting at the Summerville Railroad Depot, East Washington Street, Summerville at 2 p.m. on October 11th.