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  Henry County has been growing so much lately that some places are becoming unrecognizable. In an effort to preserve some of the history of our community, The Times is displaying photos of Henry County from the past. If you can name the persons or place shown above, write us at and tell us about it. In the next edition, we’ll reveal the location of the picture and notes readers send us. Photo courtesy of Henry/Clayton Genealogical Society. Visit the Genealogical Society at 71 Macon Street (in the Brown House) in McDonough Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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  Locust Grove Mayor, Robert Price, tells us that this is the Locust Grove City Hall which is the middle building, and the building to the right was the men’s dormitory and the building to the left of City Hall was the women’s dormitory. Plans are in the works to construct a building to replicate the men’s dormitory that will be the firehouse/police station for Locust Grove.

  Lucile Jinks Tomberlin writes “the center building is the only one still standing and is the the Locust Grove Institute on Hwy. 42 in Locust Grove. The school opened in 1894 and closed in 1930. In 1936 it opened as a public elementary school. In 1948 it included  junior high. Then in 1983, the building became Locust Grove Municipal Complex. I went to school here from 1947 till May of 1951 and bussed to McDonough for high school starting September 1951.”

  Mike Elrod wrote in to say “This is a picture of what was the Locust Grove Institute, later Locust Grove Elementary School, and currently Locust Grove City Hall. The City Hall building is in the center, both buildings on either side were dorms.”

  Chipper Gardner says “This is a photo of the Locust Grove Institute in Locust Grove.  It is the current Locust Grove City Hall and was the former Locust Grove Elementary School.  My father, Howell Gardner, along with his parents and siblings lived in one of the dormitories beside the main building.  All the original buildings except the current City Hall are no longer there.”

  Joseph Reid writes “I believe this was Locust Grove Institute. My Aunt, Mary Jo Smith Anderson was a teacher there during the 1920’s.”

  Thanks also to Leslie Upchurch, Fred Collins, Sr. and Kathy Sims for correctly identifying the photo.

Have a picture of Henry County as it was? Send it to us at or 35 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA. 30253. All pictures will be handled carefully and returned to owner.



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