September 16, 2021

Possible New Heard County Welcome Center

The 91-year-old Gulf Gas Station (L-R): Chairman Lee Boone, Heard County Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Knowles, Commissioner Larry Hooks and Heard County Development Authority, Terry Harper.

Pictured last year is the 92-year-old Gulf Gas Station in Downtown Franklin (L-R): Chairman Lee Boone, Heard County Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Knowles, Commissioner Larry Hooks and Heard County Development Authority, Terry Harper.

(Franklin/Times~Journal) — The Historical Society met on Thursday April 21 at Three Rivers Regional Commission in Franklin. Guest speaker for the meeting was Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone.

Boone spoke on ideas to bring tourism to Heard County and ways the Historical Society can get involved.

Tourism drives significant business growth and increases revenue for companies operating in Georgia. According to the New Georgia Newsroom website, tourism is a $57.1 billion industry for the state.

Boone suggested ways that the old 1929 Gulf Gas Station purchased back in October for the Historical Society could be used as a Welcome Center. Boone stated, “I’m excited about Heard County and the potential we have in Heard County.”

He said that the gas station (located on the town square in Franklin) is a valuable piece of real estate as well as its prime location. He suggested that the Historical Society take digital photos and promote it online as well as advertise to bring tourism in to the county.

Boone made suggestions to sell souvenirs with Heard County logos such as T-shirts, flashlights, coffee mugs, etc. to create funds to promote the welcome center. He talked of grant money that is available to museums that could be applied for to help promote Heard Counties Indian Heritage and the Chattahoochee River history as well. He suggested school field trips from other counties to tour the old jail and learn of Heard County history.

The Chairman spoke on economical development of Heard County and ways to bring new business into the area by having a pad ready site available with power water and sewage to make it more appealing to businesses seeking to build their business here. The Development Authority is in the process of completing that project.

“I am so proud of Heard County it makes me wish I had ancestral heritage here. I’m not ashamed to tell anyone I’m from Heard County,” said Chairman Boone.

“We are a blessed county and envied by some of the more congested counties around us. Tourism would be a way to bring income into the county and still keep the peaceful environment that we all love.”


  1. Jeanna Boothe says

    My wish is that we bring something for the children here to do. Maybe a movie theater, skating or even a putt putt golf course.

  2. Elaine Perry says

    Yes I agree the children need a place to go. The new rec has plenty of room for a pool, 3 par golf course and really nice fitness center. The kids of heard county have no kinda special place to go for much needed activities to help keep them out of trouble.

  3. Frank Foster says

    This is so cool ! My Dad delivered Colonial Bread to this station for years back in the late 50’s and during the 60’s !

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