Chalk Level Neighborhood

Historical Society exploring the history of homes

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The Jordan home at 61 Pinson St. as it appears today. 


Newnan’s historic Chalk Level neighborhood will be the focus of a special program this Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Newnan Depot at 7 p.m.

The program, sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, will feature local historian and former historical society president Elizabeth Beers, as well as Helen Berry of the Chalk Level Neighborhood Association. Beers will give an update on the process of getting the neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places, while Berry will focus on the neighborhood as it exists today.

The historically African-American neighborhood of Chalk Level is located southeast of Newnan's Court Square, largely along Pinson Street, just south of the Cole Town National Register district. It is in the area of today's Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Other streets in the neighborhood are Hardaway, Dewey, Savannah, and Reynolds.

The neighborhood includes a small cluster of very early houses — of double-pen, and hall-and-parlor styles — situated along a creek. Researchers believe the earliest development of the Chalk Level community pre-dates the existence of city streets. Many of the streets are named for old cotton plantation owners, and they likely pre-date the Civil War. The neighborhood includes Queen Anne style homes, an Englsh cottage style home, and a brick home with flying buttresses by brick mason Willie Dixon.

"Mrs. Beers has been studying this neighborhood for many years and we know it will be an informative program for everyone," said Jeff Bishop, coordinator for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. "We're interested in learning not only about the neighborhood's rich history, but also the current and future life of the neighborhood, so we are thrilled to have the involvement of the Chalk Level Neighborhood Association." The program is free to NCHS members and $5 for the general public. For more information contact the historical society at 770-251-0207.



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