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Property Name Forsyth Railroad Depots and Baggage Room
Reference Number 13000532
State Georgia
County Monroe
Town Forsyth
Street Address East Adams Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/23/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, TRANSPORTATION, SOCIAL HISTORY
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000532.pdf
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The Monroe Railroad and Banking Company, chartered in 1833, completed 26 miles of track from Macon to Forsyth in 1838. Sold and reorganized in 1845 under the name of the Macon and Western Railroad, the new company completed the line to Terminus (Atlanta) in 1846 and established regular service. Due to the increase in service, a depot was constructed in Forsyth sometime between 1846 and 1850. With a change in railroad ownership and name in 1895, the Central of Georgia Railway completed a new brick depot just east of the stone depot in 1899. A free-standing baggage room was added in 1917. The Forsyth Railroad Depots and Baggage Room are significant at the state level under Criterion C in the area of architecture as excellent and intact examples of railroad-related buildings for both passenger and freight service in Georgia. The depots retain their exterior and interior character-defining features. The period of significance is from the date of construction ( c.1846) of the stone depot to 1963, the end of the historic period when the buildings were still used by the railroad. The 1899 depot is significant at the local level under Criterion A in the area of social history for its reflection of how public facilities were racially segregated during the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries with separate waiting rooms for white and African-American travelers. All of the buildings are significant at the local level under Criterion A in the area of transportation for their direct association with passenger and freight transportation in Forsyth.

 

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