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Razed New Holland building had 112-year history

It will become transitional shelter for Family Promise

POSTED: January 10, 2017 6:50 p.m.

A 112-year-old building that once was home to a four-classroom schoolhouse operated by the New Holland cotton mill is no longer standing. It was razed to make way for a transitional shelter for Family Promise of Hall County.

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A 112-year-old building that once was home to a four-classroom schoolhouse operated by the New Holland cotton mill is no longer standing.

The building was razed Monday to make way for a home that Family Promise will turn into  a transitional shelter to serve homeless families in Hall County.

The old schoolhouse was a fixture in New Holland until 1928 when it gave way to a new elementary school, said Victor Wilson, a Hall County educator who has written three books chronicling the life and times of the mill village.

“My dad went to the old school,” Wilson said. “I grew up across the street from that building.”

The four-classroom schoolhouse was built two years after a tornado devastated the area in 1903, said Wilson, a former teacher, and assistant principal at East Hall High School and North Hall Middle School, before retiring in 2010.

After the new school was built in 1928, Wilson said the building eventually became apartments.

“It’s a sad day to see that building disappear,” Wilson said.

However, Wilson said he’s all in favor of the plans by Family Promise of Hall County to place a modular home there that will help families in need of transitional shelter.

Jim Chapman Communities, an Atlanta-based developer of active adult communities, is donating the modular home, Family Promise Executive Director Lindsey McCamy recently told The Times. McCamy said the old building had become termite-infested.

The modular home comes fully furnished with appliances and fixtures, and it can be constructed and placed on site within days of delivery. First, however, the home will showcased at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show this week in Orlando.

Jim Chapman, president of the development firm that bears his name, said the gift of the modular home to Family Promise is being made in partnership with HomeAid Atlanta — the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

News reporter Joshua Silavent contributed to this article.


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