Old Grizzard museum to become tourist stop

by W. Winston Skinner

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Mac Willett takes measurements inside the historic Tourist Stop building in Moreland. 


The old commercial building at the north end of Moreland has had many lives – as a bus station, general store and in recent years as the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Museum.

Now the building is slated to become the Tourist Stop, the first place visitors to town will stop as they explore Moreland’s history including the literary legacies of Grizzard, a writer and humorist who grew up in the south Coweta town, and literary lion Erskine Caldwell, whose birthplace is a landmark on the town square.

Several months ago, the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Trust formally deeded the property to the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, which spearheads tourism in Moreland. MCAA operates the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum and is making plans to reconstitute the Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum in the Moreland Mill.

MCAA also oversees the God’s Little Acre project, where plans call for moving several historic structures including barns, a small antebellum house, a log cabin and the Caldwell home.

J. Mac Willett, a noted preservation architect and head of Willett Engineering Company in Tucker, recently visited Moreland and evaluated the tourist stop. He has prepared a report on the building which is being review by MCAA leaders.

“He was there a couple of hours, took measurements, toured the whole building,” said Carol Chancey, who handles day-to-day activities for MCAA. She said an open house at the building will be held soon.

“There are some key things that have to be done to the building,” Chancey said, including electrical work and some painting. “Those renovations will come along.”

MCAA would like to see the building serve as its offices and as a welcome center. It might be a place to get a cold Coca-Cola and some peanuts or chips. Bicycle racks and other accoutrements for bicyclists are also being considered.



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