Since moving to Norcross, Georgia, in October, 2015, it amazes me that most people, even in the Atlanta area, don’t realize what a wonderful Historic District we have here. There are several major highways that come through the area and when you say “I live in Norcross” what comes to mind for most people is the urban sprawl along those highway corridors. But, lucky for us, tucked between several of the highways is the awesome little town that we now call home.
When I was first getting to know my new hometown I visited the Welcome Center and found out that they have a beautifully put together brochure with two walking tours of the Homes of Historic Norcross.
The tours are divided into the North Tour and the South Tour and I want to share with you today the South Tour. I LOVE looking at beautiful historic homes (and one other surprise structure), and I hope you will enjoy the tour.
I’m actually starting at Stop 2 and will end up at Stop 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Cain ran the Brunswick Hotel, which adjoined this house. Mr. Cain played trombone in the Norcross Concert Band, and Mrs. Cain ran a dry goods store. This house was built sometime in the early 20th century.
Medlock Simpson House
This was the home of a major property developer, Riley Owen Medlock, and his wife Emma at the beginning of the 20th century. Mr. Medlock died at the age of 48 in 1908 from a fall down an elevator shaft while on the way to his office in one of Atlanta’s first skyscrapers.
This house was the home of railroad conductor Henry Johnson Reynolds, who moved to Norcross around 1897 and worked for the Southern Railroad for over 50 years.
Another railroad conductor, Homer Jones and his wife, Molly raised three sons in this beautiful Victorian historic home. Homer had several brothers who fought in the Civil War (he was too young).
This house was owned for many years by Dr. Archibald Lietch, who ran the local pharmacy during the early 20th century.
Southern Railroad employee Jones Davenport moved from South Carolina to marry local girl Neppie Grogan in 1895. They raised a large family in this historic home.
This is one of the oldest historic homes in Norcross, believed to pre-date the city’s founding in 1870. The original deed was so old that the dimensions of the lot were measured in rods rather than feet.
Hal Cofer lived in this home and ran the town’s service station in the 1930’s and 1940’s. He served as a part-time deputy sheriff, was active in the local masonic lodge, and was a county champion in checkers.
This house was home to Roy Carlyle, one of several major league baseball players who grew up in Norcross. In 1930 he hit the longest measured home run in professional baseball history, at 618 feet, in Oakland, California. The Carlyle House is now a beautiful events facility and hosts many wedding weddings, parties and other events. Find out more here.
Brunswick Hotel Well
The first thing town founder J.J. Thrasher did in setting up the town of Norcross was to build the three-story Brunswick Hotel. It opened in 1870, complete with wide porches and and rocking chairs and Mr. Thrasher successfully marketed Norcross as a resort. This well is the only structure remaining from that landmark.
I hope you enjoyed the South Tour of Norcross’ Historic Homes. All of my information was taken from the beautiful brochure which is available at the Norcross Welcome Center & Museum, located at 189 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross, Georgia. Please stop by for a visit and pick up your own tour, which includes maps and more details.
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See y’all next time,