Ligon was a small agricultural community on the old Chulio road to Rome, which took its name from James Osgood Ligon. “Red” Ligon, as he was often called for his bright red hair, moved to Bartow County from Meriwether County, South Carolina following the Civil War. The original Ligon cabin was originally a Cherokee Indian Log House.

Around 1890, Mr. Ligon proposed that a new school be built for the community and donated land for it. He even contributed to the construction and as a result of his generosity, the school was named for him. The size of the school expanded through the years to meet the growing population of the community. As a result of school consolidation within the county, the Ligon School closed in 1938.

It has been said that the famous Methodist evangelist and Cartersville resident, Sam Jones, preached his second sermon after his conversion on the porch of the Ligon cabin. Red Ligon built a new home around 1900, along with a new mercantile store. His new home was called “The House on the Hill”.

Source: History of Bartow County, Georgia, Formerly Cass by Lucy Josephine Cunyus; the History of Euharlee by Euharlee History Committee, pages 429, 431 and 432.

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