Albany Georgia

Bridge House

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Bridge House in Riverfront Park in Downtown Albany!

Bridge House is the only remaining original part of the Flint River bridge that was built in 1858 by Horace King, a slave-born African-American and master bridge builder, who bought his freedom by working as a craftsman slave.

Bridge House contained the private offices of Albany, Georgia's founder, Colonel Nelson Tift. During the Civil War, the cellar housed food supplies for the Confederate Navy. Bridge House is located downtown in Riverfront Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Broad Avenue Bridge
This concrete and steel bridge spanning the Flint River was built in 1931 as a memorial to Dougherty County veterans of World War I.   Nearest hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Old St. Teresa Catholic Church

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Old St. Teresa Catholic Church photo by Richard Bivins

Old St. Teresa Catholic Church is the oldest still functioning church in the state of Georgia. The church was built just before the beginning of the Civil war. The bricks used in building the church were hand made by negro slaves from Baker County. During the Civil War, the church was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Mass is celebrated there each Wednesday at 12 noon.   Convenient hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Thronateeska Heritage Center

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Discovery Depot at Thronateeska Heritage Center!

Thronateeska Heritage Center is keeper of Albany and Southwest Georgia history. Thronateeska, which means giving forth, is the name the Creek Indians called the Flint River. The Creek Indians inhabited the area which is now Albany, before the city was founded in 1836 by Colonel Nelson Tift. The permanent collections on display at Discovery Center include All My Babies, photographs from the 1950 documentary of the work of Albany Georgia midwife, Mary Coley. This documentary has been used to train medical personnel around the world.

Located in Downtown Albany's Heritage Plaza, Thronateeska centers around Discovery Depot, a train station built in 1912-13 and constructed in Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style. In accordance with segregation customs of that time period, the depot, originally called Union Station, was built with two separated waiting area, one for Caucasian-Americans and one for African-Americans. Today, Discovery Depot is a popular downtown venue used in full by all. Other Thronateeska Heritage Center attractions include Wetherbee Planetarium, Science Discovery Center and the old Tift Grocery Warehouse. Nearest hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

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