A Drive Through Forsyth, Georgia

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).

Rose Theater

Rose Theater in the Forsyth square.

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.


The historic Monroe County Courthouse.

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.

Passenger Depot

The old Forsyth Passenger Depot


An old train car on display by the depot.

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.


The embodiment of boredom.

By | 2017-06-02T11:28:14+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|History, Railroad, Travel|5 Comments

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James is an artist and illustrator currently working in Georgia.


  1. Morton McInvale June 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hmm. . . not “lost” rather misappropriated. Love your blog!

  2. Lucia Scroggs June 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Love this

    • James McInvale June 4, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Thanks Lucia!

  3. Jeanne B. Dozier July 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    especially meaningful to those of us who can’t travel now; I’m looking forward to old country churches next.
    thanks so very much, James…….

    • James McInvale July 6, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      It might be a few weeks before I can get back to country churches, but that is definitely on my list. Thank you Jeanne!

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