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The new exhibit in the Charter Bank Temporary Gallery of Legacy Museum on Main features the bottling industry of the area and is on display until October 12. Spurred by the rapid development of the carbonated water industry, the bottling enterprise helped create very prosperous businesses in Troup County and the surrounding area from the late 1800s until the late 20th century. The exhibit features photographs, news clippings, advertisements from bottling companies, artifacts, and memorabilia, including old Coke machines! Bottles from area bottling plants loaned by local collectors comprise a fascinating part of the exhibit. Many of the bottles are from the collections of Chris Cleaveland and Lillian Cobb Cauble.

Legacy Museum on Main is located at 136 Main Street in LaGrange. The museum is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge. For more information, call 706-884-1828.

The timeline below clearly shows that Troup County served as home to much more than Coca-Cola Bottling Plants. Most of the information comes from City Directories, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and LaGrange newspapers. If you have additional information about any of the companies, please share with Troup County Archives staff at 706-884-1828.

1900 Oliver Fears Copeland & Sons (Millard A. & A. Bernard Copeland) bottled Coca-Cola in LaGrange under a sub-franchise from Columbus Roberts. They bottled Red Rock Ginger Ale and Hagen Root Beer also. In West Point, Antonio Palmisano, had a similar Coca-Cola sub-franchise from Roberts.

1905 LaGrange Bottling Works was another name for O. F. Copeland & Sons, who also owned the Hogansville Bottling Works.

1908 George S. Cobb bought the Coca-Cola franchises for LaGrange and West Point from his brother-in-law, Columbus Roberts, and built a Coca-Cola Bottling plant on Depot Street.  In West Point, Palmisano continued operating a fruit stand in the front of Cobb’s bottling plant.  O. F. Copeland and Sons switched to bottling Pepsi-Cola.

1909 J. E. Warlick bought Pepsi-Cola Bottling Works from Copeland and changed it to LaGrange Bottling Company.  Mr. Copeland’s sons opened Coca-Cola bottling plants in Chipley (Pine Mountain) and Woodbury.

1912 LaGrange Bottling Company located at 129 Vernon Street

1913 Chericola Bottling opened in LaGrange

1916 Coca-Cola Bottling moved to new plant at 127 Vernon Street

1919 Lime Cola Bottling Company located on Bull Street

1921 Chero-Cola Bottling Company located in the basement of 100 Greenville Street.

1923 LaGrange Chero-Cola Bottling Company built new plant 220 Main Street

1924 LaGrange Bottling Works moved to 106 Greenville Street

1925 Try Me Bottling Company were bottling Lime Cola.

1927 LaGrange Bottling Company moved to 106 Greenville Street; NuGrape Bottling Company at 202 Broome Street; Chero-Cola Bottling Company located at 104-106 Hamilton street.

1929 Nehi Bottling Company located at 216 Greenville Street; Try Me Bottling Company located on Jefferson Street.

1930 George S. Cobb, Jr. moved to LaGrange from West Point to better manage the family interests.

1936 Seminole Bottling Company located at 104 Hamilton Street.

1939 Seminole Bottling Company built a new plant at 202 Greenville Street.

1940 Coca-Cola Hall, bottling plant, offices, and so- cial hall, built on Broad Street. Designed by Otis Clay Poundstone in Art Moderne Style.

1941 Nehi Bottling Company located at 106 Hamilton Street.

1945 Seminole Bottling Company last found in local records.

1946 Nehi Bottling Company located at 127 Vernon Street in the plant previously occupied from 1916 to 1940 by Coca-Cola. Hatton Lovejoy’s son and daughter-in-law, John and Martha Lovejoy, bought Nehi. Double Cola Bottling Company located at 202 Greenville street, plant previously operated by Seminole Bottling.

1948 Grapette Bottling Company located at 930 Greenville Street; Royal Crown Bottling located at 208 Ridley Avenue; Nehi Bottling Company last found in local records.

1950 Red Rock Bottling Company located at 101-103 Hines Street; Nesbitt-Grapette Bottling Company located at 934 Greenville Street; Dr. Pepper Bottling Company located at 830 North Greenwood Street.

1956 NuGrape Bottling Company located at 102 West Crovat Street; Royal Crown Bottling began bottling Nehi.

1957 Dr. Pepper Bottling Company moved to 818 North Greenwood Street.

1958 Royal Crown Bottling located at 704 Whitesville Street.

1967 NuGrape Bottling Company last found in local records.

1974 Dr. Pepper Bottling Company located at 33 Cary Street.

1978 Pepsi Cola Bottling Company located at 33 Cary Street, where Dr. Pepper was previously located.

1981 Double Cola Bottling Company last found in local records.

1982 Royal Crown Bottling last found in local records.

1985 Dr. Pepper Bottling Company last found in local records.

1987 LaGrange Coca-Cola Bottling merged with West Point at their plant near Interstate 85 in West Point. Coca-Cola Hall became an office building.

1988 Pepsi Cola Bottling Company last found in local records.

West Point Opens Depot Parking Lot

The City of West Point proudly dedicated the new parking lot at the West Point Depot on May 31.  Mayor Drew Ferguson, the city council, and other dignitaries led the ribbon cutting celebration.

The depot parking lot was funded by a Rural Business Enterprise Grant in the amount of $79,179 through USDA Rural Development. It is believed that the new parking lot will enhance the usability of the structure for weddings, receptions, and family reunions. Previous complaints centered around the muddy conditions of the parking lot being a factor why the above events were not occurring on a regular basis. The facility was originally constructed as a passenger depot in 1887 and now houses a museum, banquet hall, and the West Point Visitor Center.

The museum has a large scale model rail road with numerous model trains running through scale towns and villages. There is a caboose that has been refurbished to represent a day in the life of a railroad worker. Funds were provided by the Charter Foundation for the restoration.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of employees in the nation's capital, state, and local offices. Chris Cleaveland and Kaye Minchew represented the Troup County Historical Society at the opening. Chris Cleaveland and Don Neuberg are pictured at West Point Depot.

(Article courtesy Don Neuberg, Troup County News.)

Gems, Grandeur & Gardens Georgia Trust Fall Ramble

Discover the rich history of LaGrange, Warm Springs, Pine Mountain and Talbotton while touring the area's finest historic homes, charming downtowns, and lush gardens.

Fall foliage and cooler temperatures bring the Fall Ramble, so mark your calendars for October 12-14, 2012, and plan to join us as we explore LaGrange, Warm Springs, Pine Mountain and Talbotton. The itinerary includes a variety of historic sites, including charming downtown centers, splendid homes, lovely gardens, and the fascinating places associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's many visits to the area for therapeutic treatment. We'll culminate the weekend with a brunch and tours of the 35 acre Hills & Dales Estate, including the Neel Reid designed home of the Fuller E. Callaway Family, and other area gardens.

The diverse richness of West Georgia’s historic treasures make the 2012 Fall Ramble one not to be missed!

Fall Ramble co-chairs for LaGrange are Kaye Minchew and Gail Hunnicutt. Other members are Susan Hall, Jenny Copeland, Chris Cleaveland, and Pat Hunnicutt. Mark your calendars to attend!

October 12-14, 2012

Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Troup County Historical Society, & Dr. Anthony Gene Carey Win 2012 AASLH Leadership in History Award

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC), The Troup County Historical Society (TCHS), and Dr. Anthony Gene Carey have been recognized by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) with a “Leadership in History Award” for the publication Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley of Alabama and Georgia.

Published by the University of Alabama Press in association with the TCHS, the book is the HCC’s 31st publication and first in-depth study of the institution as it existed in the Chattahoochee Valley. A compelling and engaging survey authored by Dr. Carey, Sold Down the River examines slavery through its effect on individual people.

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards program, now in its 67th year, is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Sold Down the River was one of just over fifty projects to be recognized for overall excellence across the nation this year. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2012 AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, October 5, 2012.

Copies of the 320-page hardback publication may be ordered from the Troup County Archives for $29.95 plus $4.00 shipping by phone, email, or mail order. Copies are also available for purchase at Legacy Museum or the Troup County Archives.


Following a successful West Georgia Regional History Day contest, area students advanced to the Georgia History Day Contest at Mercer University on April 28th. Three Troup County students represented the area at the national contest. Elena Mayfield of West Side Magnet School, Charlotte Webb teacher, placed second in the state in Junior Individual Documentaries. Julia Shirley and Taylor Jolly placed first in the state in Senior Group Exhibits for “The Berlin Wall: Reaction-Revolution”. They attend LaGrange High School and Aidan Blackwell is their teacher. They all did an excellent job of representing Troup County!

Special thanks to all the students, teachers, parents, and judges who made History Day possible. Thanks are especially due to the History Faculty at LaGrange College, including Kevin Shirley, Joe Cafero, Lisa Crutchfield, and Josh Van Lieu. The theme for 2013 is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.


Catherine Rodriguez is working as graduate intern at Legacy Museum on Main and the Troup County Archives this summer. A Public History Master’s student at Auburn University, she received her undergraduate degree in history from LaGrange College. While on a college-sponsored “Jan-term” trip to Italy in 2010, Catherine realized her interest in museums and historical sites and decided that she wanted to work in the field of public history. 

As an undergraduate, she interned at the Roosevelt Little White House in Warm Springs and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA, to better acquaint herself with the professional museum setting. Catherine was also one of three Museum Studies students from LaGrange College who assisted in installing Legacy’s 2011 exhibit, “Celebrating British Royalty.”  The internship is designed so that she gains valuable experience in both archives and museum work. A native of Gainesville, Catherine enjoys travel, time with family and friends, and volunteer work. She works part-time at Stephens Exclusives.

If you came into the museum in April and May and spoke to the person at the front desk, you might have met Legacy Museum’s spring intern, Barki Juliusson.  Barki, an avid golfer, was a sophomore accounting major at LaGrange College. Originally from Iceland, he has been in the U. S. since August 2009. He came to the US to study and play golf. He attended IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida from August 2009 until June 2010, and enrolled at LaGrange College in the fall of 2010. 

Barki accepted the Legacy Museum internship because he thought it would be a great place to improve his communication skills, gain experience in a professional work setting, and learn something completely new in a completely new environment. As an accounting major, Barki examined Legacy’s systems and devised a streamlined approach for the gift shop inventory.  In his spare time he enjoys watching Arrested Development, reading, spending time with friends and family, and learning new things. Barki wants to become a professional golfer and successful accountant.  He also stated, “My goal is to improve myself every day…” Barki is at home in Iceland now.

Legacy Museum seeks interns and volunteers to help with museum exhibits, man the museum front desk and greet visitors, and assist the Archives staff.  We offer a great learning opportunity for students in museum studies, history, or library fields.   For more information, call 706-8841828 or email

Recent Accessions: April 1 - June 30, 2012

Baird, William E., Atlanta. Photographs of Col. Walter Thomas Davenport, c.1890; Columbia America Bower Hand with Emma Mississippi Hand and Judson Larrabee Hand; and Isaac Bower, c.1850.

Beason, Ann. Girl Scout Photographs, c.1950s.

Biagi, Jim. Belk-Gallant photograph, c.1950s.

Boner, Chris. Callaway Educational Association Photographs.

Cauble, Lillian, West Point. Girl Scout memorabilia, c.1940; West Georgia Medical Center Pink Lady memorabilia, c.1965-c.1975; Major George S. Cobb discharge orders, 1945.

Coulombe, Rosalie and Raymond. Pictures of Furniture Liquidators building fire, 1994.

Dyar, Julia. First Baptist Church Bulletins, 29 December 1940 and 4 July 1943.

Glover, Mary George, Greenville. Memorial Addresses of Benjamin Harvey Hill, 1883; The Cotton States and the South at the International Exposition,  1896; and Unveiling of Statue of Honorable Benjamin H. Hill and visit of Honorable Jefferson Davis, 1886. 

Handley, Billie and Judson Handley. Cup, saucer, and dessert plate belonging to Philip Hunter Green and Mildred Washington Sanford, 1825.

Horvath, Louise. A History of Mountville, Georgia; Asbury A. King and His Father, Thomas.

Johnson, Clark. Rotary International Newsletters.

Johnson, Stephen. West Point. addition to LovelaceMiller family collections.

Kennesaw State University Art Galleries, Kennesaw, GA.  Athos Menaboni exhibit guide, 2012.

LaGrange College Frank and Laura Lewis Library. Citations, 2007-2011.

City of LaGrange. Clippings from Portadown Times of Mayor Jeff Lukken’s visit to Craigavon, UK, 1999.

Minchew, Kaye & Greg. Girl Scout memorabilia, Rock City Barns: A Passing Era; Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area; The Atlas of Georgia.

Pearson, Sue, Placerville, CA. Bull Family photos.

Smith, Bruce. Rosemont Annuals, 1947 and 1948.

R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, Atlanta.   Athens, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings (Southern Banner) Volumes VII -VIII, 1848-1851; Laurens County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings Volume II -III, 1903-1909; Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894-1899; 1807 Georgia Land Lottery Fortunate Drawers and Grantees; 20th Century Henry County Georgia;  Admission Register of Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, Georgia:  1842-1861; Columbus Georgia Newspaper Clippings (Weekly Sun) Vol II: 1861-1862; Oglethorpe County, Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Vol I: 1874-1876.

Tays, Donna. Greenville, GA. World War II Navy uniforms, c.1941-1945.

Wadsworth, Jenny. Allensberg Cotton Company Clothes Brush.

Wallace, Robert, Sharpsburg. Bull and Broom Street image and Ridley and Battle Street image, c.1930.

West, Dr. Tom. Our White and West Families by Margaret West Arnold.

Westside Magnet School. 1998-2009 Yearbooks.

Woodson, Nick. Callaway Educational Association Shirts, 1990.

Troup County Historical Society Membership: Added since March 2012


Mrs. Pat Anderson



Mr. M. C. Boner

Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Edelson

Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Hudson

Mr. Ken Spikes

Mr. & Mrs. John Taylor



Ms. Glenna J Parkins

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Reese



Allen County Public Library

Mrs. Jaclyn Helmke

Dr. & Mrs. George Henry

Mr. & Mrs. Otto Korth

Mrs. Frankie Newman

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Parker

Mrs. John J. Schuyler

Mrs. Jenny Wadsworth




Membership in the TROUP COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY is open to all people interested in preserving Troup County’s heritage. Membership entitles you to a free subscription to the newsletter and  invitations to Society functions. The Historical Society is a nonprofit agency. All memberships are tax-deductible. Mail checks to the Society at P.O. Box 1051, LaGrange, GA 30241 or you can charge to your credit card. Simply call at 706-884-1828 or send your name, address, card number, and expiration. We depend on memberships to conduct all our programs!


Builder ............ $25                        

Sponsor .......... 50                         

Sustaining ..... 100                        

Founder ......... 200     

Patriot ............. 300

Senator .......... 500

Governor ........1000

Marquis.......... 5000 

Document Spotlight


This advertisement from the 1924 LaGrange High Clarion (the school yearbook) is one image featured in the bottling exhibit at Legacy Museum this summer. In 1924 and in 2012, one could collect soft drink items and get a prize!Other items featured in the exhibit include photographs, maps of local bottling companies, newspaper stories plus bottles, artifacts, and more!