#1: The Dawsonville History Museum
Dawsonville was founded in 1857 as seat of the newly formed Dawson County, incorporated as a town in 1859 and as a city in 1952 and named for state senator William Crosby Dawson (1798 –1856). Even though Dawson was born and died in Greensboro, Ga., the county and city were named in his honor for distinguished service as a soldier, lawyer, judge and politician.
#3: Wise Brother Special #77
Driver Herman Wise Atlanta, GA – 1971 Winner of the Little 500 at Anderson, Indiana
#4: Fireball Roberts #22 Ford
The 1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow was driven by NASCAR driver Buck Baker. This was the first Chevrolet to win a Grand National (now Monster Energy) Championship title. This car won 10 races, $30,000 in winnings in 1957. Buck Baker won 46 races in his career and was the #1 driver of the 1950’s.
#5: The Phil Bonder Thunderbolt on Display
This 1964 Al Means Ford Thunderbolt is owned by Preston Bonner of Atlanta, GA. This is one of the first eleven Thunderbolts built at Dearborn Steel Tubing. It has a 427 CID (7..OL) V8 engine, Dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, Borg- Warren T-10 aluminum four-speed transmission and fiberglass doors.
#6: Welcome to the Stock Car History Theatre
Come on in and sit a spell. You’ve already learned quite a bit about our heritage, so it is no secret that Dawsonville is considered the birthplace of stockcar racing. But let’s go a little further back and learn a little bit about how the revenuers and the moonshiners raced up and down the dirt mountain roads back in the day and how that gave rise to some of today’s great stock car family names along the way.
#7: The Heritage Room
As you enter the heritage room today pay close attention to our state emblem on the floor showcasing each historic racetrack throughout the state of Georgia. Also, the Totem Pole in the center of the room shows the distance of each Georgia racetrack from the museum.
#8: Standard Building Supply
The late George Elliott started out with a love of fast Fords and wound up building a racing dynasty. Between his success as a car owner and that of his sons and grandsons as drivers and mechanics, they have successfully established themselves as the first family of Georgia racing.
#9: The Elliott Family Room
When Erving George Elliott Jr. and Mildred Reece Elliott married in 1943, they had no idea they would become the patriarchs of one of NASCAR’s most iconic racing families.
#33: Jack Smith
Jack was born in Illinois but his family moved to Georgia when he was two-years-old. For the next 35 years Georgia was home.
#34: Harbin Service Station (Plaque)
They were the first business with a phone booth. “It was kind of always known he sheriff of Dawson County never messed with the liquor guys at all because that was the Federal revenuers’ job,” said Gordon Pirkle, a local historian and longtime Dawsonville businessman.