Please join Historic Athens on November 2nd at 10am for the seventh installment of the 2019 Historic Athens Heritage Walks: Winterville. The Six-Mile Train Station in Winterville was a wood and water station for the Georgia Railroad. The depot was purchased by the city in 1982 and renovated for use as a community center and town hall. After city government operations were moved to a nearby building, the depot was renovated once again with the help of a DOT grant and is now used for community events and social functions.
Winterville grew up around the 6-mile station of the Georgia Railroad between Athens and Union Point, a route known as the “Athens Branch,” which began operating in 1841. The station was a water stop and the beginning of a bustling community of banks, mercantile stores, doctors, and, of course, a cotton gin. Incorporated in 1904, the City of Winterville is a circle, one mile in radius, located entirely within Clarke County, but its 1,061 citizens are only a small part of the larger zip code known as Winterville, which includes portions of three counties: Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Madison. The tour includes numerous and diverse historical structures such as the train depot, the recently renovated Carter-Coile Doctor’s Museum and Library, a blacksmith shop, the old Winterville Auditorium and High School—home of the state’s first home economics program, and several period homes all located within an area included in the National Register of Historic Places. Tour-goers will walk portions of the Firefly Trail currently under construction and visit the site of the former Center Baptist Church, which was recently named one of Historic Athens’ “Places in Peril.” This tour will last approximately 2 hours.
Your tour guide:
Mary Quinn resides on Main Street in Winterville, her residence a 19th century home built by the Georgia Railroad. Born just a mile away in neighboring Oglethorpe County, Mary’s family moved away from the family farm in 1960 and into Winterville and Clarke County, where she attended Winterville Elementary School, Athens Junior High, Athens High School, and the University of Georgia. Quinn retired from a career in accounting in 2000 and enjoys various interests. She is a council member and mayor pro tempore for the City of Winterville and Friend of the Winterville Library. Along with Emma Foley, Quinn coauthored Winterville, Georgia: A Classic Railroad Town published in 2014.