Category Archives: Kingsland GA

Camden Hotel, 1935, Kingsland

Kingsland Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

The old Camden Hotel was renovated for use as the City Hall in 1993.

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Seaboard Air Line Depot, 1916, Kingsland

Recently moved and restored through grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the Kingston Depot now serves as the downtown welcome center. It’s so nice to see small communities restoring these icons of the railroad era and understanding the impact they have on tourism.

Kingston Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Art Deco Beauty Shop, Kingsland

Kingsland Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

This probably served another purpose when it was built.

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Vernacular House, Kingsland

 

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Kingsland Clinical Laboratory

Kingsland Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

This seems to be where it all began, in 1949. When blood tests were required for marriage licenses,  Kingsland saw an opportunity. Make it easy to get a blood test and a license  and reap the revenue. It was a good idea and it led to Kingsland’s distinction as the “Marriage Capital of the South”. Georgia hasn’t required blood tests for licenses since 2003, so the old sign is just a nice reminder of what helped put Kingsland on the map.

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The Original Kingsland Wedding Chapel

Kingsland Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

I believe this was the first one-stop wedding business in Kingsland, opened some time in the early 1960s.

http://www.kingslandweddingchapel.com/about.htm

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Lovetown USA, Kingsland

According to Mayor Kenneth Smith, Kingsland was once known as the marriage capital of the South.  An upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network/BBC reality series, Lovetown, USA, attempts to answer the question, “What happens to a community when you focus on love?” I think it’s a good idea and Kingsland, with its history of one-stop weddings, was an appropriate choice for shooting this series. While I’m not a fan of reality shows, I’ll try to watch this one, if only to see the beautiful scenery of Camden County in the background.

http://www.oprah.com/own/Lovetown-USA-About-the-Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvDvhXyMmPM

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