Toccoa Unveils New Historic Plaque

The city of Toccoa unveils yet another historic plaque at a downtown building.

City officials gathered at 109 North Sage Street last Thursday for the latest plaque unveiling.

This plaque is commemorating what was the extension of the former Harper’s 5 and 10 Cent Store in downtown Toccoa.

Kembra Landry with Main Street Toccoa said this building was initially constructed in 1925.

“It was the first location of Franklin Discount Company Loans,” said Landry. “Franklin Discount Co. began in 1941 as a loan investment company.  Organizers of the company were Ben F. Cheek, Jr. and J.B. McMurray. Harper’s 5 and 10 Cent Store was located mainly on Doyle Street for more than 30 years. In the late 1940s/early 1950s, Harper’s Row was modified to accommodate the growing department store, which included this extension of that store, which was the location for its toy department.”

This plaque is one of a series that have been unveiled in downtown Toccoa over the past couple of years.

Eventually, Main Street officials have said they want to create a walking tour and podcast to highlight the historic buildings.