Warrenton will have its own mural to welcome visitors to the city this summer. John Christian, of Go Georgia Arts, is currently painting a mural on the wall of the building at 450 Main Street, currently occupied by Climate Control Storage. Christian also painted the mural in Thomson. The Warrenton mural will be a part of the Georgia Mural Trail, a public art trail that spans across Georgia.
Jeffrey Fowler, president/CEO of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and tourism director for Hometown Warrenton, Inc., said the project began in November 2017 after the building’s owner, Larry Rachels, suggested putting a mural up.
“I think it’ll be well received,” he said. “It’s just a good location, especially for someone heading west on Main Street.”
The contract for the work on the mural started in Aug. of 2018. Fowler said that Christian first asked for Hometown Warrenton to pitch him all their ideas on what should go on the mural. After seeing the first draft of what that would look like, Fowler said they focused in on key details.
In the mural, Fowler said that visitors will be able to see significant details about Warrenton and its history. There will be a representation of the Camak Depot, a nod at the Norwood rural delivery history, and an image of a complete stone angel, the only one in the nation that’s completely intact. The slogan that will grace the mural will be ‘Gateway to Beautiful Georgia.’
“A lot of counties have a mural to say who they are. It helps tell the story of where you come from,” Fowler said. “I hope it highlights the places [visitors] see because a lot of the images on this are important to our history, not just Warren County, but Georgia History.”