Harvey History

The first Harvey
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In 1863 W.T. Harvey, a twenty year old soldier for the Confederate Army, came home to Georgia on honorable discharge and found a way to support the Confederacy by sawing timber for the railroad construction. This was the beginning of what was then called W.T. Harvey Lumber Company. The company quickly became a fixture within the community earning a reputation for reliability and service.

Over the next 150 years, Harvey has grown and evolved in many ways--expanding our product selection and services to fit the changing needs of the communities we serve. Through it all, we have been proud to be regarded as one of the leading lumber and building supply companies in the Chattahoochee Valley area.

Today, Harvey proudly carries on its tradition of reliable service and quality products to homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, and builders of all types.


Notable Events of 1863

  • W.T. Harvey opens the doors for business in Columbus, Georgia
  • Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation 
  • Thomas Crapper pioneers the one-piece pedestal flushing toilet
  • Fire extinguisher is patented by Alanson Crane
  • Congress authorizes a US Mint at Carson City, NV
  • Samuel Clemens uses the pen name "Mark Twain" for the first time
  • Congress authorizes track width of 4' 8" for Union Pacific Railroad
  • The territories of Arizona and Idaho are established
  • City delivery of mail begins in 49 U.S. cities with postage at 3 cents per ounce
  • The last Thursday in November is designated as Thanksgiving Day by Lincoln
  • Patent for a process of making color photographs granted