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THE NEW DOWNTOWN JEFFERSON - 2011

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There have been TWO major renovations of the Jefferson Memorial Square during my lifetime.  I don't know if I consider it fortunate to have renovations of the Jefferson Memorial Square during my lifetime.  I don't know if I consider it fortunate to have seen them or if I should be alarmed that I am getting so old.  I well remember when mayor Tom Crowe tore up the old square in 1958 and replaced it with a new split highway that cut out the hearts of the old time traditionalists in Jefferson.  It turned out to be a good move as traffic picked up considerably during the 60's - 90's.

Then came that infernal byepass that made traffic almost an afterthought in Jefferson.  Now we see some traffic around starting and stopping of the school hours and during prime work hours, but overall traffic seems to be down somewhat.

Now we have again renovated the square.  Adding some needed green to the downtown area was a great move.  It has tremendously improved the view in all area's of downtown. 

Hopefull this renewed anesthetic improvement will greatly enhance the opportunity to get more permanent business in downtown Jefferson.  It is a shame to see all the empty buildings in the downtown area.  This is especially painful if you happen to remember the bustling years of the 50's, 60's and 70's.

This cecilbuffington.com presentation of the new Downtown Jefferson is for your information and viewing enjoyment.   

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Curry Creek Park with the Civic Center in the background.

Another view of Curry Creek Park with the bridge crossing the stream.

Looking across Curry Creek Bridge as you come from Commerce.

The Kinney Hardware Store now is the Howington Feed and Supply Store complete with a new coat of paint.

The first of THREE lane dividers as you come across the bridge from Commerce.

Across from the first lane divider is the former site of Kesler's Supermarket and later the Theron Kesler Convenience Store.

The second lane divider as you enter Jefferson from Commerce.

Hubert Blackstock had a TV sales and repair shop on this site in the 50's and 60's.

Jerry Hanley started his Jefferson Barber and Style Shop in this small building beside the Roosevelt Theater in the late 60's.

The old Roosevelt Theater building still stands.

THe former site of Kelser's Cloverland Supermarket in the 60's.

The Jefferson House is across the street from Mike's Grill.

The Jefferson House is now used for special events and group events. An attractive new entrance was added during the Jefferson Downtown renovation.

The third lane divider as you enter Jefferson from Commerce. All dividers have grass and/or shrubs in their landscaping.

The addition of green landscaping added immense beauty to the Downtown Jefferson Project.

The former Rankin Service Station now serves as a hub of city activity.

A majestic view of Memorial Square and the Crawford W. Long Monument as you Look across the parking lot from The Crawford W. Long Drug Store.

The upper end of the renovated Memorial Square as you enter Jefferson from the Commerce road.

The Confederate Monument all-polished up and in it's new home on the right side of Memorial Square as you come in from Winder/Athens.

Looking across the Square from the Gainesville Road.

Some beautiful brickwork in the new Downtown Jefferson.

The Regions Bank - The renovated building where the Marshall Melvin family operated The Jefferson First National Bank in the 40's through the 70's.

The Crawford W. Long Monument base with inscription.

THe Jackson County Troops Monument on the right side of Memorial Square as you enter Jefferson from Winder/Athens.

Click for enlarged view of inscription on the Troops Monument.

New parking lot in front of the Crawford W. Long Drug Store.

A scenic view in downtown Jefferson.

Some of the beautiful landscaping in downtown Jefferson.

Black fencing with handrails can be seen in the new downtown Jefferson. Adding a distinct trait to the Jefferson Project.

THe north side of downtown Jefferson.

A Jefferson landmark. The Old Pendergrass Store of the 40's still stands.

The right side of the highway as you go toward Commerce.

A new, greener downtown Jefferson.

The Crawford W. Long Museum.

Looking down the Winder road.

Looking down the Commerce road.

The Pendergrass Store building in Downtown Jefferson.

Wall mural across from the Crawford W. Long Museum.

Looking up the Athens road.

The Crawford W. Long Drug Store.