For many years Wrightsville and Johnson County have commemorated our nation’s founding with a much anticipated, yearly Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival. The celebration began with the county’s participation in the Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1976 and has continued yearly with the exception of one year. Come join our celebration of this great nation’s founding! All events this year will take place on Saturday, July 4th with old fashioned events on the courthouse square, a parade, food, games, arts & crafts, 5K/10K Firecracker Road Races, a one mile Fun Run, a street dance and more. A worship and veterans’ service will be held on Wednesday, July 7th at Mt. Olive Church of the Nazarene: 7:00 pm with guest speaker the Rev. Chris Mitchell. The theme of the worship service is God and Country. If you are looking for small town fun with an emphasis on family – visit the City of Wrightsville, Johnson County, Georgia, on July 4th and participate in our community’s annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.
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Johnson County Administrator, Guy Singletary, has asked Better Hometown to help gather railroad memorabilia for the upcoming rehabilitation of the Wrightsville Depot. Old photos, documents, tickets are welcome. The material will be housed in the museum section of the depot. Bids go out for construction this month. Anyone having any material relating to the old Wrightsville Depot that they wish to donate, please contact Better Hometown by calling 478-864-2219 or email us at hometown@wrightsville-john
Nine years ago Johnson County was contacted to be a part of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail s, trails that travel across state borders on historic driving routes throughout Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Each trail follows the historic route of one of the American Civil War’s major military campaigns or other important events. After a decision by the local commissioners that they were unable to back Johnson County’s proposed inclusion in the trail at a cost of $2500.00, the local Better Hometown and Chamber of Commerce organizations obtained donations from local businesses and citizens in order to make it happen.
After much red tape and unexpected delays, it is expected that the Jefferson Davis leg of the trail, which includes Wrightsville, will soon have its interpretive marker on the square. At the September Johnson County Commission meeting the commissioners gave their approval to continue with the project locally.
Better Hometown and the Chamber of Commerce wish to thank the following donors, who made Johnson County’s inclusion in the Civil War Heritage Trail possible:
Hilton Holton, Jeanette Caneega, Robinson Rentals, M.W. Hoover, Mary Jo Stephens, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Norris, Ishaque Tekrawala, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Holmes, Charlene Milligan, Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, City of Wrightsville, Better Hometown of Wrightsville, Donald Smith, Johnson Grays, Carl Sumner, Jimmy Cook, Lattie Price, and Helen Jackson.
The Civil War Heritage Trail web page may be accessed at www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/
Johnson County’s historic courthouse, built in 1895, was rehabilitated in 1996 after a large group of citizens vehemently protested the Johnson County Commission’s plans to build a new courthouse outside of the downtown area. Several architectural firms were asked to present plans to rehabilitation plans to the community and the firm of Carter Watkins of Monroe, GA, was chosen.
Attached are scans of the history of the Johnson County Courthouse as presented in 1995 by Carter Watkins & Associates.
A membership drive is underway for the Johnson County Historical Society. The dues are as follows: Single Membership, $10; Family Membership, $25; Child Membership, $5; Business Membership, $50. The historical society is in the process of remodeling the Grice House to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce offices. This will enable the historical society to house a museum at the Grice House and have someone available to operate it. All membership donations are tax deductible and should be mailed to P.O. Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.
Tour the historic homes near downtown Wrightsville on our Internet Tour:
The coordinator for the Johnson County Gen Web Project is looking for photos of John B. Wright. Please get in touch with Better Hometown at 478-864-0048 or email@example.com/ if you know of anyone who might have his photograph. Below is a photo of his wife, Mourning Smith Wright, circa 1870.