Exchange Bank, Circa 1915, Oakfield

Oakfield GA Exchange Bank Abandoned Building Ghost Town Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

In 2010, Vonnice Brown wrote: “I have always loved this building and about a year ago, I purchased it from the Harris family. The bank was built in the early 1900’s and was open only 3 years as a bank.” In trying to determine a date of construction, I compared Vonnice’s information with the transcript of an old lawsuit brought by the bank in 1916 against a Mr. Odum. If the bank only operated three years, that would put the date of construction around 1915. Amazing that it only served as a bank for three years. It’s a beautiful old building.

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Commercial Storefronts, Oakfield

Oakfield GA Worth County Ghost Town Abandoned Stores Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It’s likely that this was a general store/warehouse combination.

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Gill’s Store, Oakfield

Oakfield GA Gills Grocery Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The fading sign reads: “Gill’s Service Station & Grocery”.

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Lake Blackshear Dam, 1930, Warwick

Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Also known as the Warwick Dam, the larger complex known as Plant Crisp was devised in 1925 as a way for Crisp County to generate its own electrical power. It’s unique in that it was the first county-owned, -constructed and -operated power dam in the United States. The reservoir it created became known as Lake Blackshear in honor of David Blackshear, the commander of nearby Fort Early. Though I’m personally opposed to the damming of wild rivers, I’m amazed by the fact that Crisp County had the foresight to be power independent long before most communities had any such ideas. It has also served the area well as a recreation hub for the better part of a century.

Historic Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Site of Davis Mill, Worth County

Davis Mill Foundation Jones Creek Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Davis Mill was built on Jones Creek in northern Worth County in 1879. The foundation of the gristmill remains today, as does the millpond (now known as Jordan Company Lake). The mill itself is extant, as well. It was relocated to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton.

Jones Creek at Davis Mill Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I came here with Hoyt Dorminey, who shared memories of visiting his uncle and aunt, J. W. & Mattie Lindsey, in the 1950s. They operated the mill, which was then owned by S. O. Spooner. It stopped producing about 1963.

Davis Mill Pond Worth County GA Jordan Company Lake Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

http://www.abac.edu/museum/attractions/gristmill

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Doles Church of Christ

Doles GA Worth County Abandoned Church of Christ Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I’m grateful to Hoyt Dorminey for pointing out this old church during our recent visit to Doles. I’ve been to the community a number of times and have missed it every time.

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T. W. Tison Grocery, Doles

T W Tison Grocery Doles GA Worth County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The two old country stores in Doles, across the road from each other and operated by two Tison brothers, are rural landmarks that somehow seem to hang on. I’m always glad to find them still standing.

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