Key’s Castle-Budapest, Georgia

Outside of Tallapoosa, Georgia, there was a town called Budapest, Georgia. It was founded in 1882 after a real estate developer invited Hungarian immigrants to develop this area into wine country. The area flourished until prohibition was passed in 1907. Remnants of this area still exist today (a cemetery being one of those). Key’s Castle, named this because a descendant of Francis Scott Key purchased it, started as the Catholic Rectory. The home has been purchased in recent years, and it is under a restoration process.

T. J. Elder High and Industrial School, Georgia

Located in Sandersville, Georgia, the T. J. Elder High and Industrial School is a Rosenwald School built in 1927 for $18,600. The six-teacher type school was expanded behind the building over the years. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Named for Thomas Jefferson Elder, Elder was an important educator who opened his first school in 1889. He and his wife, Lucy Lillian Phinizy, are buried in front of the school.

Rose Hill School, Georgia

Porterdale, Newton County

Built in 1937 by the Bibb Manufacturing Company, the school was built to educate the school children of the local mill workers. Rose Hill was the segregated Black community in the northern part of Porterdale. It was placed on the 2020 Places in Peril list by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation because of it’s lack of use and upkeep.

Budapest Cemetery-Budapest, Georgia

Haralson County

Outside of Tallapoosa, Georgia, there are small signs of a once thriving community known as Budapest. Prior to Prohibition in 1882, Hungarian immigrants moved to this part of Georgia at the request of real estate developer to build a wine-making industry. The area thrived until the onset of Prohibition. Outside of the cemetery, there is a home called Key’s Castle that exists and Estavanko Cemetery, one of the founding families.

I was introduced to this cemetery by a friend who tries to visit at least once a year to do basic cleaning. She and her friends will light candles in the memory of those early settlers.

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