You can still play where a governor lived

Brown Park 1949

Brown Park, pictured here in 1949, officially became a park in 1906. Before that, the home of Georgia’s Civil War governor, Joseph Brown, stood here — at least until it was burned down by Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea in 1864.

The arch that no kid can resist was added by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1923 as a monument to the Civil War dead.

New playsets have replaced some of see-saws but much remains the same today as it did in this snapshot from 65 years ago.

(Photo from “Canton Progress” scrapbook, R.T. Jones Library)

Posted in 1940-1949, Daily life, Photos Tagged with: ,
2 comments on “You can still play where a governor lived
  1. Helen Mauldin King says:

    My parents took me to Brown Park. I took my children to the park. Now I take my Grandkids to Brown Park. See-saws gone. New playground sets have taken their place and picnic tables have been added. I like the statues placed on the corners of the park. There was once a house where the police station stands.
    Sherman burnt our courthouse and Canton looking for Gov. Brown’s home or farm. I believe this is our fourth courthouse.

  2. Canton Rewind says:

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful memories, Helen. And you’re right about the courthouse. Here’s more on the many iterations of the courthouse since Canton’s founding:
    http://www.cherokeega.com/Magistrate-Court/county-history/

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