We Love Cuthbert
The Goal? Raise enough funds, get enough support and get corporate sponsors to help paint our watertower!!
Please reach out if you have ways to help ~
Grants, Skills, Connections and more, the ball is already rolling!
The concept is similar to the "Broken Windows Theory" -
When the most noticeable thing you see is uncared for, much else is also left uncared for. To set the tone, as the first thing in our skyline, we want to see a clean, welcoming beacon into Cuthbert. Much has been started on our town square, with the beautification of sidewalks, grassy areas and more. The purchase and painting of many store-fronts and walls with amazing murals by Andrew College, Linda Buchanan and Christoph Johnson.
Businesses want to move in, and we're excited for upcoming events in our community. We've heard stories of years past, and would love to see a thriving town once again.
The Cuthbert Water Tower, erected in 1895, has the distinction of being the only water tower in the middle of a federal highway. It is located in the middle of US Highway 82 and defines the skyline of Cuthbert. For many years, people believed that those who drank water from the tower would either stay or return to Cuthbert. When it was erected, the roadway was south of the tank. The streets of Cuthbert were paved in the 1930s, and the east entrance to the square was moved. The city did not have the funds to relocate the water tank, so the national highway just went around it. R.L. Moye was mayor, and councilmen were J.E. Douglas, D.M. Jacobs, R.E. Toombs, J.H. Sealy and A. Jones. The bottom fell out of the tank when a cyclone hit Cuthbert in 1909, and graves were washed up in the Rosedale Cemetery in the resulting flood. No longer used as a water tank, the tower serves as a beacon to Cuthbert.
We started work on the water tower after nearly 18 months of fundraising, in March of 2023
We received grants from both the state (GEFA) and The Georgia Trust along with donations from the city and its citizens.
The Water Tower was dedicated back to the city on September 28th, 2023!
Shown here, from left to right at a City Council Meeting :
Mark Englund - founder/chairman
Tracy Englund - co/founder - board member
Sabrina Manning-Prince - board member
(below not pictured)
Randy Sumner - treasurer
Patricia Goodman - secretary/vice chair
Tommy Barr - co-founder/honorary member