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

Summerville Volunteer Firemen 1980’s
Summerville Volunteer Firemen 1980’s
1950 State Basketball champions honored in early 1980’s
1950 State Basketball champions honored in early 1980’s
Beulah Shropshire home overlooking Summerville in the snow. Beulah was the first woman licensed insurance agent in Georgia.
Beulah Shropshire home overlooking Summerville in the snow. Beulah was the first woman licensed insurance agent in Georgia.
Dedication of VFW Eternal Flame in front of the courthouse , 1969 ( Identified are Atty.TJ Espy and Rice Morgan
Dedication of VFW Eternal Flame in front of the courthouse , 1969 ( Identified are Atty.TJ Espy and Rice Morgan
Lunch room for Summerville High and later Junior High, built late 50s,
Lunch room for Summerville High and later Junior High, built late 50s,
Road leading from downtown Summerville toward Menlo
Road leading from downtown Summerville toward Menlo