All Lenora font names are inspired by the history and locations of our home city, Columbus, Georgia! Columbus was founded in 1828 and lies on the Chattahoochee River. Bursting with arts, our city is home to The Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia. On the weekends, there are lots of fun activities to do, like white water rafting, visiting Market Days (our city’s farmers’ market), or grabbing a great meal at any of our fantastic restaurants in Historic Uptown Columbus.
Fort Benning is a United States Army post straddling the Alabama–Georgia border next to Columbus, Georgia. Camp Benning was established on October 19, 1918, initially providing basic training for World War I units, post-war. Dwight D. Eisenhower served at Benning from December 24, 1918, until March 15, 1919. In February 1920, Congress voted to declare Camp Benning a permanent military post and later became the Infantry School. In 2008, Fort Benning Gateway, a beautiful entrance to the base, was designed by Jenkins Architecture.
The Columbus Plant of the Bibb Company started as a typical 300-foot southern textile mill in 1901. Two large additions made it, according to the company, the largest mill in the South "under one roof." After closing its doors in 1998, the space is now a highly sought-after event space. In 2008, over 100 years of history were lost when the original part of the Bibb Mill, went up in flames and burnt to the ground, only leaving the front façade.
The main house of Green Island Ranch is a significant example of the Tutor Revival style of architecture. Completed in 1922, the house was the work is noted architect R. Kennon Perry. The property is situated at the highest point in the county, which allows a picturesque view of the Chattahoochee River and the surrounding countryside. Much of the formal landscaping from 1905 and 1922 remains intact.
The Garrard family lived on Hilton until 1887 when it was sold to Muscogee Real Estate Company. When the company was assembling land for their large East Highlands tract, they purchased the Hilton estate from the family. Hilton was one of the premier houses in Wynnton, the company retained 22 acres, and in 1917, when they began selling lots in Wildwood Circle, they sold Hilton and six acres to Annie K. Small. Two years later, she sold it to the Bickerstaff family where the ownership has remained until the present. In 1983, a fire consumed the house.
Columbus, Georgia exists in Muscogee county, which was named for the Native American tribe in the area - Muscogee or Creek people. Columbus and Muscogee Country became a consolidated city-county in 1971.
In 1834, Colonel William L. Wynn purchased 100 acres of land located on a rise east of downtown Columbus, outside of the city limits. Colonel Wynn would soon begin selling off parcels that would become neighbors for his soon-to-be homesite, the Wynn House. This resulted in the charming neighborhood nestled between Midtown and Uptown Columbus, Overlook was developed from several antebellum estates.
A stunning Greek Revival house situated in Midtown. This house was built by John and Sarah Banks and their 12 children on a 265-acre property in 1836. The Cedars, his family residence, boasts 18-inch thick exterior brick walls and interior faux graining and marbling. It has remained continuously in the Banks family. At one time, two rows of cedar trees lined the drive leading to the house, now Cedar Avenue.
What began as a family compound in 1890 later became a subdivision in Midtown Columbus. Wildwood Circle is home to beautiful houses and sits adjacent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, the church Claudia, our founder, & her family call home.
Don’t forget to add a monogram to your pajamas, robes, and nightgowns alike - you’ll wear a piece of Columbus history with you. We hope you found the history of our town as interesting as we do! A huge thank you to The Historic Columbus Foundation for this lesson on Columbus, Georgia history!