Summerville

The county seat of Chattooga County, Summerville, was laid out on 90 acres of land bought from John F. Beavers for $1,800 on March 23, 1839. The town was called Selma from April 16, 1839 until March 11, 1840, when the legislature changed the name of the post office to Summerville. Historic sites in the town include the 1909 Neo-Classical Courthouse and the 1918 Central of Georgia Railroad Depot, as well as the 1896 Arrington Building that sits on the site of the first brick structure in the town. Two theories exist regarding the naming of the town. One holds that the name was chosen because of the beautiful summer clime of the place. The other theory is that the town was named by David Taylor Jr., a prominent early settler and civic leader known to have had a summer home at Summerville, north of Augusta, Georgia.

Summerville Photo Archive

Smile! Its picture day in Vera William’s class at South Summerville School 1952
Smile! Its picture day in Vera William’s class at South Summerville School 1952
Original Home Store,Commerce St. Summerville, late 1940’s Archie Warren in middle
Original Home Store,Commerce St. Summerville, late 1940’s Archie Warren in middle
A scene from the 1961 One Hundred Year Civil War Celebration parade
A scene from the 1961 One Hundred Year Civil War Celebration parade
Summerville 1st Baptist adult and youth choirs mid 1950’s
Summerville 1st Baptist adult and youth choirs mid 1950’s
Miss Maude Sewell’s ( a 50 year teacher) 7th grade class in 1952 at Summerville School
Miss Maude Sewell’s ( a 50 year teacher) 7th grade class in 1952 at Summerville School
Water skiing on the Chattooga River, Picture was used in publication to attract industry in the 1950’s
Water skiing on the Chattooga River, Picture was used in publication to attract industry in the 1950’s