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Fort Valley Main Street is committed to both the rich, cultural heritage and the economic progress of Fort Valley.  We are actively involved in making and keeping Historic Downtown Fort Valley a popular destination for Middle Georgia residents and visitors.  We want to partner with you in this effort.  Please contact us with your ideas, concerns, accomplishments and questions.  Get to know your “Downtown Neighbors”!

 

 

 



Celebrating Fort Valley's
Sesquicentennial - 150 Years
 
The Troutman House - History

 

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United We Stand

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up
by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes
for success.   Dale Carnegie


Membership
Many thanks to all our MainStreet members for their support and participation!

Thank You to our New and Renewing Members!

City of Fort Valley Receives Urban Forestry Grant


Main Street Arts Alliance - Austin Theater

Renovation Plans

As It Stands Today Renovation in Progress

   

DINNER THEATER RAISES FUNDS FOR PEACH FESTIVAL

The lobby of the Austin Theater was abuzz with activity on Saturday night, January 20 as celebrity waiters bustled around picking up plates of food to deliver to their assigned tables. The waiters - Charlie Adams, Marion Allen, Rich Bennett, Mike Brennan, Judge Bryant Culpepper, Sheriff Terry Deese, Sue Humphreys, Charles Jones, Paul and Delise Knight, Ralph and Kathleen Lambert, Jim and Jean O'Shields, Judy Robinson, Rep. Tony Sellier, and Kay Whitley were largely responsible for the success of the Mystery Dinner Theater, which raised almost $1,200 for the Georgia Peach Festival. Friends Production Group of Macon recreated a live radio broadcast from the 1940s, complete with music, mayhem and, of course, mystery. The audience had the privilege of deciding how the mystery would end. Guests enjoyed a delicious meal catered by The Kay Center and some after dinner coffee provided by some resourceful servers vying for tips. As one might expect, the real star of the show was the Austin Theater itself, aglow in amber.
 

Holiday Tour of Homes

Fort Valley Main Street/Downtown Development Authority's Holiday Tour of Homes was held on Saturday, December 9. It featured several homes in Fort Valley’s Historic District, including Jamestown, the Tharpe-Hightower House, the Morrill-Snapp House, the Troutman House and a loft apartment in one of Walt and Jane Simerly's buildings on West Church Street.

Three newer homes on Nicholas Drive were also featured on the Tour: The Jann Culpepper home, the Adiel and Carolyn Ware home and the Freddy and Vicky Greer home.

The weather cooperated nicely for the Tour, which hosted approximately 160 people and raised almost $2,800, which includes ad sales. The proceeds after expenses are roughly $2,300, and the Tour of Homes Committee will donate $2,500 to the Austin Theater project.

The Simerly's loft apartment generated a great deal of interest and those who bought their tickets at the Troutman House talked about making it their first stop. "I want to see that loft," said Ernest Anderson. Walt Simerly told one visitor that he had begun work on the loft in September of 2005 and completed it in approximately one year.

Artist Sue Humphreys and her sister Kay Whitley (newly-elected BOE member) decorated the Troutman House and the Tharpe-Hightower House. Visitors to the Troutman House were impressed with the Christmas Tree, which was decorated in Fort Valley's sesquicentennial colors. "I was skeptical when I heard that the tree would be decorated in purple and orange, but it is beautiful," said one Tour patron.

"The homeowners who graciously opened their homes for the Tour ensured its success with their beautiful displays and decorations," said the Tour of Homes Committee. "Some folks are calling this Tour the best ever. That's a tribute to the homeowners." The Tour of Homes Committee consists of Delise Knight, Cyriline Cantrell, Kathy Grahl, Ann Brown, Jane Simerly and Connie Rainey.


Veterans Monument Dedicated

 A crowd of approximately 150 gathered Saturday in Everett Square Park to dedicate the recently erected Veterans Memorial Monument. American Legion Post 76 Commander James Earnhardt acted as master of ceremonies for the program, which included music from the Peach County High School Band and the presentation of colors from the PCHS NJROTC. Mayor John Stumbo spoke about the debt we owe to those who serve to protect our freedom and recognized the Everett Square Park Committee and donors for their commitment to establishing a city park. County Commission Chairman James Khoury talked about the history of Veterans Day and of his father�s role in establishing an American Legion Post in Fort Valley. Monument Coordinator Robert Spinks remarked on the importance of having a day to honor veterans and active duty servicemen alike. William Khoury talked about the future plans for the park. A wreath of remembrance was posted in front of the monument, after which the NJROTC retired the colors as the PCHS Band played "Taps." Following the program, Boy Scout Troop 59 held a Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony.

Wow! What a great year for Main Street/DDA!

With the generous help of the City of Fort Valley, the Peach County Commissioners, and some dedicated citizens, the “little office that could” got a lot done. Here are a few things we worked on in 2006:

  • Increased number of issues and circulation of the Main Street/DDA newsletter and added e-mail distribution.
  • Implemented media marketing campaign, greatly increasing media attention for Fort Valley events.
  • Presented programs for several community service organizations.
  • Wrote and received a $5,000 grant from the Flint Energies Foundation for Everett Square Park.
  • The DDA Design Committee coordinated Fort Valley’s first Arbor Day ceremony.
  • Assisted in the appointment of a Tree Care Board and the creation of a Tree Ordinance for Fort Valley.
  • Wrote and received a $4,000 grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission to train the new Tree Board.
  • Prepared and submitted assessment materials to the Georgia DCA. Met all criteria to be re-certified as a National Main Street City.
  • Applied for and received $500,000 in DOT funds to begin work on the Freight Depot, which will be converted to a museum.
  • Served on the Georgia Peach Festival Committee and assisted in planning and promoting two fundraising events: a golf tournament and a dinner theater.
  • Coordinated the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Assisted the City of Fort Valley in coordinating and hosting the Heart and Soul Bus Tour.
  • Held a six-month series of Picnics in the Park from April through September.
  • Began work on the Austin Theater. The building renovation was completed in mid-December.
  • Created Fort Valley’s first ever barbecue cook off, The Hambone Jam.
  • Coordinated a Tax Free Shopping Holiday downtown promotion.
  • Began work on Everett Square Park, installing the walking trails and the Veterans Memorial Monument.
  • Participated in the formulation of the City of Fort Valley’s and Peach County’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Assisted the Sesquicentennial Committee in planning and promoting events.
  • Held a preview ceremony for the Austin Theater.
  • Began work on repairing the Signal House for the purpose of leasing it as commercial space.
  • Hosted a meeting of regional Main Street and Better Hometown managers.
  • Held a Merchants Window Display Decorating Contest sponsored by the DDA Design Committee.
  • Planned and coordinated the biannual Holiday Tour of Homes .
  • Wrote a grant to the Flint Energies Foundation requesting $5,000 for the Austin Theater.


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The Railroad, Peaches _ Fort Valley History
Fort Valley is very lucky to have such a rich history.  We are the only city in Georgia which still has 3 of the original railroad buildings still standing (and in pretty good condition).
The Passenger Station, Switching Terminal _ The Freight Terminal.

The first refrigerated box car was developed in this area to transport peaches to the north.
These old structures cannot be replaced.

    


What Is Fort Valley MainStreet?
Fort Valley Mainstreet is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Fort Valley's downtown area as the cultural, social, and shopping center of our community.

Our Vision
Fort Valley MainStreet strives to preserve Fort Valley’s rich heritage and culture and ensure its future as a vibrant center of commerce, development and community activity.

Our Mission
Fort Valley MainStreet seeks to revitalize downtown Fort Valley through economic restructuring, cultural tourism and promotional event planning, in concert with public and private sector partners.

Real Estate
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Our Method
The Downtown Development Authority of Fort Valley uses the National MainStreet approach for successful downtown revitalization. Fort Valley is one of only 41 cities in Georgia and approximately 1,500 in the United States to have this designation, which allows us the benefits of state and national technical experience with the continuous process of:

Leadership within the community to make ideas become realities.
Organization of efforts to help us all work toward the same goals.
Technical assistance in Historic Preservation for businesses and homeowners
Opportunity to attend annual conferences and seminars on topics relevant to revitalization.
Tax deductible membership fee.
Fun, by providing opportunities to work with friends and neighbors for the good of the community.

Contact Information

Telephone
478-825-5986
FAX
478-825-7293
Postal address

P. O. Box 1864

Fort Valley, GA  31030
Electronic mail
General Information: ftvmstreet@fortvalley.net

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