Celebrating Fort Valley's
Sesquicentennial - 150 Years
The Troutman House - History
United We Stand
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up
by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently
for success. Dale Carnegie
Many thanks to all our MainStreet members for their support and
- Thank You to our New and Renewing Members!
City of Fort
Valley Receives Urban Forestry Grant
Main Street Arts Alliance - Austin Theater
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Began work on the Austin Theater. The building renovation
was completed in mid-December.
- Created Fort Valley’s first ever barbecue cook off, The
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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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:
within the community to make ideas become realities.
Organization of efforts to help us all work toward the same goals.
assistance in Historic Preservation for businesses
Opportunity to attend annual conferences and seminars on topics
relevant to revitalization.
Fun, by providing opportunities to work with friends and neighbors for
the good of the community.
- Postal address
P. O. Box 1864
- Fort Valley, GA 31030
- Electronic mail
- General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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