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Bona Allen Tannery Today
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Bona Allen Mansion
Bonaparte 'Bona' Allen moved to Buford, Georgia in 1872 and founded his namesake company, Bona Allen Tannery the following year. The Atlanta and Charlotte Air-Line also came to Buford Georgia in 1872. Allen lived in the mansion from before 1900 until his death in 1925. Today the Bona Allen Mansion is an event facility.

Bona Allen Tannery
From 1873 until 1981 the Bona Allen Tannery tanned hides then made saddles, shoes and other leather goods. When the original building burned on February_4, 1909 Allen built a new building, seen here on Main Street in Buford, Georgia. The building is now used as Tannery Row Artist Colony
Bona Allen Tannery
Some of the artisans work is on display outside, behind the factory on Main Street in Buford.
Bona Allen Tannery
This is the shipping area, where trucks would pull in and fill up. Before 1920 the company had a dinky (a small railroad locomotive), to pull loads from the dock to the depot.
Bona Allen Tannery
This statue, across the street from the Buford, Georgia, based tannery recreates Roy Rogers and a Bona Allen employee putting a newly puchased saddle on Rogers' horse Trigger. The story behind the statue began when Roy Rogers and Trigger rode east on a private train for Trigger to be fitted for one of Bona Allen’s renowned saddles. The statue features Trigger rearing, with Rogers in pointed boots and western gear standing to the side and the saddle craftsman, John Johnson, standing on the other.

Shoe Factory entrance
Bona Allen Tannery expanded into shoes and boots in 1918. Profitable at first, production was cut during the Great Depression. Labor unrest forced Allen's sons to end production in 1941, but the factory was reopened at the request of the War Department in 1942.


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