You might say that Statesboro is something of a late bloomer. This Bulloch County town dates back to 1801, when land was first granted toward building its city center. But the town barely grew until decades later, in 1866. Despite its protracted development, Statesboro grew into a graceful Southern town with pretty buildings and a thriving trade. Georgia Southern University built its campus there in 1906, and the Allman Brothers Band made the town internationally famous when they performed Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” in 1971. You can see some of Statesboro’s architectural gems – some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places – in the city’s historic downtown districts.
Bulloch County Courthouse – In 1894 Bulloch County built its third courthouse, to replace the original, which Union forces burned down during the Civil War, and a temporary replacement building. The “new” courthouse is still in use today.
Historic Jaeckel Hotel – Built in 1905, the Jaeckel Hotel once housed wealthy and well-known guests, including the stars of “Gone With the Wind,” and traveling tobacco salesmen, known back then as drummers. Blues singer Blind Willie McTell is said to have played on the steps of the hotel early in his career. The hotel ceased operation in the 1960s; Statesboro City Hall eventually moved in.