Since the coming of the railroad was the beginning of the town, it was only fitting that the Depot that the Depot be at the center of town. The first depot was located across the street from where the Gazebo in Weldon Park is currently located. However, after its construction the women of the town felt it was spoiling the beauty of their little city so they petitioned it to be moved. They selected the new site "under the oak tree across from Dr. Cornog." They were successful and in 1912 a new depot was ready for use. December 29, 2012 marking the 100th anniversary of the depot, a celebration and re-opening took place. The depot was given a complete renovation in 2012 and today she stands just like the building in 1912. Along with the depot's duties as Welcome Center for Lavonia she is the home of museum items and a small library about the history of the town. Please come by and take a look at the beautiful craftsmanship of 1912 and 2012.
Marie Morse and Vivian Young are here from 9:00 AM until Noon and from 1:00 until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Marie may be reached at 706-356-1926 and Vivian at 706-356-5725.
Ms. Young, also, serves as an "unofficial local historian." Having grown up in the area and with a keen interest in history, she has become knowledgeable in many areas and enjoys helping visitors who come for genealogical research.
Also, available at the Welcome Center for small fees are: local history books, area maps, and Lavonia memorabilia items. Tickets can be purchased for most Franklin County Community Players events, Civic Club fundraisers, and tickets for the famous Franklin County Folk Life Play. Free to visitors are: brochures on local attractions in Northeast Georgia; brochures for Lavonia’s Walking Tour of Historic Homes, Burgess Cemetery, the Franklin County Quilt Trail. Lavonia has many facets of culture, art and history.