Salem Church, 1889, Atkinson County

Atkinson County GA Historic Salem Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This church was built by Martin S. Corbitt, who was born nearby on 12 May 1840. He donated two acres of land for this purpose. The church is located on the historic Kinnaird Trail, a Native American trading route.  He married Leonora Wealtha Pafford (born 26 August 1847) on 26 November 1867. Two of their sons, William Manning Corbitt and Martin Rayburn Corbitt, built the pews and benches still intact today. Upon its completion, the structure also served as a school with the older Corbitt children serving as teachers. Martin Corbitt lived at Salem all but the last 11 years of his life; he moved into the first house in Pearson and became its first mayor.

Atkinson County GA Historic Salem Church Interior Handhewn Pews Tongue and Groove Walls Unadorned Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Martin S. & Leonora Wealtha Corbitt had 11 children: Catherine Imogene, Mary Ann Miranda, Newton Rowan, William Manning, Henry Madison, Martin Rayburn, Frances Lenora, Martha Ann Elizabeth, Wealtha Alvina, Rebecca Virginia, and Levia Jane.

Leonora died on 5 May 1896 and was the first person buried in the cemetery. On 1 May 1899 Martin married Minnie Frazier Faircloth (9 May 1865-September 1955) and they had three children: Duvon Clough, Frazier Solon, and and William J.

Martin S. Corbitt died on 1 July 1913 and was buried beside his first wife.

The descendants “come back home” the last Sunday in September each year to celebrate their ancestors.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, Lanier County

Lanier County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These photographs date to 2009 so I’m not sure if this house is still standing.

Lanier County GA Abandoned Farmhouse near Henderson Still Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Log Tobacco Barn, Lanier County

Lanier County GA Henderson Still Abandoned Tobacco Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Bown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I photographed this log barn in 2009. It’s likely gone now.

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Mount Olive Mud Creek Primtive Baptist Church, Lanier County

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Henderson Still GA Lanier County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia 2014 USA 200

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church is one of the oldest and most historic congregations in Lanier County. The church has the traditional appearance of other Hardshell Primitive Baptist meeting houses in Southeast Georgia, except for the white painted walls.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Mud Creek Cemetery

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many area pioneers and Confederate Veterans are buried in its cemetery.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia SA 2014

Perhaps the most interesting headstone in the cemetery is this one. I’ve seen some unusual headstones in the hundreds of cemeteries I’ve explored over the past decade, but this has to be among the most unique.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Wrench Shaped Headstone Lester Mack Fender Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

In sharp contrast is this unadorned wooden grave marker, one of several that have survived in this sandy burial ground.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Wooden Grave Marker Footprints in the Sand Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Quite a few have common 19th-century themes, such as this dove.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Dove Headstone 19th Century Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

And of course, there are numerous Confederate veterans buried here. This one marks the final resting place of Iron Cross recipient Sergeant William B. Corbett (1835-1863), Company G, 50th Georgia Infantry.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Confederate Iron Cross Sergeant William B Corbett Co G 50 Ga Inf Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Westside Elementary School, 1950, Bulloch County

Westside School Statesboro GA Bulloch County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This historic school is now for sale. Asking price is $159,00. Any takers?

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Abandoned School, Bulloch County

Abandoned Country Church Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I first though this was a church, but after a suggestion from a friend who has more architectural knowledge, I’m inclined to think that it was a schoolhouse. After reviewing the Educational Survey of Bulloch County (1915), there are a few possibilities. Sadly, it is beyond repair.

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Country Store, Bulloch County

Abandoned Country Store Rusted Coca Cola Sign Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s hard to imagine a time when little stores like this one could be found scattered throughout the countryside. As people became more mobile, though, the need for them vanished. To find one in this condition is rare.

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