Renovations to the Banks County News property and Georgia Weekly Newspaper Museum have been completed, said co-publisher Mike Buffington.
In 2011, Mainstreet Newspapers, Inc., the Jefferson-based parent firm of the Banks County News, purchased the old Banks County Journal building from the Garrison family and began restoring the historic facility. The property has been used as the site of Banks County newspapers since 1888. The current building dates from around 1900.
“We are very happy to have completed this project for the Banks County community,” said Buffington. “The museum is a one-of-a-kind place that shows how small-town newspapers were produced from the late 1800s into the 1940s.”
After acquiring the property in 2011, the interior of the building was renovated first, especially the floor area that holds several tons of antique printing equipment. The equipment was also cleaned and restored.
In 2013, the exterior of the building was renovated with a new roof and siding. In addition, a pavilion was added to the property for school groups and others to use when touring the museum.
The facility is located across from the historic Banks County Courthouse in downtown Homer.