Tag Archives: Putnam County

Rock Eagle 4-H Center Chapel-Eatonton, Georgia

The Rock Eagle 4-H Center Chapel was completed June 16, 1955. It was part of the original Rock Eagle campus. Designed by Grady Smith, an architect with Cooper, Barrett, Skinner, Woodbury and Cooper, it was built using local rock and timber.

In February 2019, the chapel caught on fire. Ruled accidental, the interior of the church was gutted, but the stone walls were still standing. It was fully restored, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the camp “Excellence in Preservation.”

Reid’s Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery-Willard, Georgia

Putnam County

I am unable to locate much information on the church. The cemetery is active with burials as recent as 2021. The names on most of the headstones were some version of Clements, Clemons, and Clemmons. Several of the headstones had impressions on the back of the headstones.

Carriage Factory-Eatonton, Georgia

Putnam County

It’s rare to find an antebellum building still standing. While it will be dismantled, I am glad I had the opportunity to photograph this 1818 carriage factory.

A ghost sign was hard to read in person, but the building has served as a carriage factory, a warehouse, and a garage.
These brackets are usually threaded into a beam. They help with building stabilization.

Alice Walker Home and Church-Putnam County, Georgia

On a rural road in Putnam County, Georgia, Alice Walker’s childhood home and church can be visited. While the house where she was born no longer stands, her family’s home is still standing.

Ward’s Chapel AME was built in the late 1800s. Thanks to a community effort the church has been restored in the last few years. This was Alice Walker’s church. Many of her ancestors, including her parents, rest in the cemetery across the road.