Carroll County, GA – We are visiting Bowdon this week, a town of about 2,000 and not far from the Alabama state line.  There are some great old homes in the area to see!  Bowdon is the second name of the town…the early settlers went to an Alabama congressman to help them get a post office.  Alabama? Why? They thought they were in Alabama, not Georgia!  This was frontier area.  Regardless, Bowdon sure sounds better than the town’s original name, Cerro Gordo.

Cerro Gordo – original name of Bowdon

This is my first visit here in about 30 years.  I worked here one summer back in the ’80s.  It has definitely grown since I was there, yet saw familiar places.  The building on the corner below is the 1905 Bank of Bowdon building.  It hasn’t changed much in over 100 years, looking at the picture below!  There was a major tornado here in 1934, and found that is why several homes were altered due to damage.

Bowdon Downtown Wikipedia Pic
Downtown Bowdon (from Wikipedia)
Bank of Bowdon
1909 View – courtesy of the Georgia Archives

The Dr. James L. Lovvorn house below is right in the center of town.  Reading about Dr Lovvorn (who is in the photo above, with one of the first cars in Bowdon) wore me out.  He had multiple business interests in town, owned the railroad that connected the town to nearby Bowdon Junction (12 miles away), etc.  Have a couple of interior pictures of the house, and historic photo below.

Dr. James L. Lovvorn House, built 1890

Bowdon Lovvorn House Interior 2

Bowdon Lovvorn House Interior 1

Below is the 1877 Dr. Robert M. Lovvorn House.  Originally a family home, over the years this house has been a boarding house, hotel, and Bed & Breakfast.  It’s now a family home again.  Love this place!  the porch – and love the paint on this one!

Bowdon Inn
Bowdon Inn


Below, we are seeing one of the oldest houses in the area.  This 1849 dogtrot was built by Judge Nathaniel Shellnutt.  The house has moved 3 times in the last 30 years, and now it’s a museum of Bowdon History.

Shellnutt House, built 1849


The McDaniel-Huie Place below is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It’s a bit west of town and close to the Alabama state line.  Originally a dogtrot cabin, the larger Victorian Gothic Revival was built before 1890. This was the center of a 400+ acre farm.  I love the old picture below, they had quite a shindig at the house!

McDaniel-Huie Place
McDaniel-Huie Place in 1927 (From FB Page)
McDaniel-Huie Place in 1927 (From FB Page)

The house below is antebellum!  Built between 1859-60, the McDaniel-Whatley house is one of the oldest homes in town.  Originally built as a Greek Revival style home, but after the tornado of 1934 it was remodeled in the more fashionable Craftsman look.  You can see how the bricks above the first floor are darker than the lower one.  This was the home of the President of Bowdon College.

McDaniel-Whatley House

Bowdon College – the 5th College Chartered in Georgia!  And the first coed college!



Driving out to the Victory Community a few miles outside Bowdon, always love seeing a great farmhouse like the one below.


The house below makes quite a statement, and is around 100 years old!  Big house, nearly 6000 Sq Ft.  The magnolias, the porches, very southern looking!


Thanks so much for reading the blog this week on our trip to Bowdon.  Appreciate you taking the time to read this!

7 Replies to “Bowdon – A Few Favorite Old Homes”

  1. The last one was used in the movie “The Good Lie” with Reese Witherspoon. These are wonderful photos. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Love, love, love my hometown of Bowdon. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful historic homes in that area! Would love to see Bowdon become a tourist attraction. History buffs would enjoy the Historical Society Museum, the homes featured in your blog, the First United Methodist church, and the quaint antique shops. Bowdon is a hidden treasure that needs to be shared. My dream is to see the streets of Bowdon filled once again with people as in earlier years.

    1. Bowdon is truly a special town! I met some of the nicest people ever when I worked in the bank there 30 years ago. Hopefully more people will discover Bowdon! Thanks for reading the blog and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *