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

Touring Grand Ole Opry Show Comes To Town in 1944
Touring Grand Ole Opry Show Comes To Town in 1944
John Cleghorn,outstanding Summerville leader, in his 1910 Anhut automobile
John Cleghorn,outstanding Summerville leader, in his 1910 Anhut automobile
The infamous” Goatman”on one of his trips through the county circa 1965
The infamous” Goatman”on one of his trips through the county circa 1965
Summerville News Ad 1960, cost to see a doctor
Summerville News Ad 1960, cost to see a doctor
Chattooga County “Chain Gang” 1922
Chattooga County “Chain Gang” 1922
Summerville High School Graduates 1919
Summerville High School Graduates 1919