Where: Forsyth, Georgia
Trip Date: 5/27/17
This week’s trip was just a quick afternoon drive through the square in Forsyth, Georgia. On the way to visit some family with my parents we made a short detour through town for some quick sketches and reference photos. It was a very quiet Saturday afternoon. In fact, most of the stores seemed to be closed. Despite this, the area and buildings were very picturesque and perfect for drawing (which, let’s be honest, is my priority anyways).
The most interesting part of the square was the centerpiece, the Monroe County Courthouse. Built in 1896, it is supposedly one of the most impressive courthouses in the state of Georgia.
Just a few blocks down the street is the old Forsyth Passenger Depot. It was built in 1899 as a part of the Central of Georgia Railway, and replaced the even older late-1840s depot that is only a few hundred yards away (unfortunately I did not know that at the time, and therefore do not have a drawing of it). The passenger depot has since been turned into a museum. The complex appears a bit rundown these days—the window-trim pealing, the benches collapsing—but still beautiful somehow.
On an unrelated note, shortly after our stop in Forsyth, both of my parents somehow managed to lock their keys in the car. On the upside, I had plenty of time to draw the very elaborate pattern on this chair while waiting for the locksmith.