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Chug along Lula’s legacy

Artist’s son to donate painting to city at event

POSTED: May 2, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Lula celebrates its history as a key railroad hub at its 37th annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 4, at the town’s railroad yard.

The day will begin with the parade at 10 a.m., with festivities continuing until 7 p.m. Included will be arts and crafts, entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors.

Among the highlights will be the presentation of a historical painting of the town given to the Lula-Belton Historical Society.

In the 1980s, Charles A. Lynch painted Main Street, Lula, as it appeared in 1903, showing the Southern Crescent train heading toward Atlanta. Lafayette Lynch, son of late artist, has donated the painting to the Lula-Belton Historical Society.

“His father passed away in 1989 but always wanted the city to have the original oil painting,” said Norm Harrop, a member of the Lula City Council and historical society president. “We really appreciate Lafayette giving us the painting and it will be proudly displayed in our building for all to admire.”

The historical society has reproduced this painting in a limited numbered of lithograph prints which will be available at Lula’s Railroad Days.

“The print will be of interest to railroad buffs, those interested in Georgia history, and of course our town,” Harrop said. “The proceeds of this sale will be used in the enhancement of our community.”

The print is on display at The Hollow Log in Cornelia, Lula Pharmacy and Around the Corner Flower Shop in Lula.

Lula-Belton’s history is one of a booming railroad town. Lula is the halfway point between Atlanta and Greenville, S.C., and became the main railway junction between them. Lula supplied water and coal to the steam locomotives and a place to stay for the train crews. The town flourished with general stores, three hotels, a school, the Lula Bank, cotton scales, livery stables, at least two saloons and a city hall with the jail in the basement.

Lula became a melting pot of farmers, salesmen, merchants, train passengers, railroad men, miners and hobos.

For information, call 770-869-3801 or email lulacity@bellsouth.net.

The Historical Society is continuing its search for old photos and information concerning the history of the Lula-Belton area. Anyone having any of this information is encouraged to stop by the booth at Saturday’s festival.

Contact the Lula- Belton Historical Society at P.O. Box 212, Lula, GA 30554.


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