Farmhouse, Holmesville

Appling County GA Eclectic Vernacular Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Site of Holmesville Masonic Lodge #195

Appling County GA Holmesville Masonic Lodge Historic Marker Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Located in a roadside park on Georgia Highway 15, south of Baxley, this granite marker notes the charter site of the Holmesville Masonic Lodge, No. 195, Free & Accepted Masons.Other markers and monuments (a Confederate memorial is pictured in the next post) here pay tribute to the first county seat of Appling County, Holmesville. A bronze tablet (not pictured) placed by the Colonel Daniel Appling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution notes that Holmesville was incorporated here on 8 December 1828, on the property of Solomon Kennedy. At the time of its founding, present-day Appling County, encompassed all or part of 12 counties: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Brantley; Charlton; Clinch; Coffee; Echols; Jeff Davis; Pierce; Ware; and Wayne.

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Confederate Memorial, Holmesville

Appling County GA Holmesville Confederate Monument Company F 47th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Appling Grays Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This obelisk was placed by the Appling Grays Camp #918 and the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. It memorializes Confederate units from numerous counties that were once part of a larger Appling County:

Company F, 47th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Appling Rangers; Companies I & K, Clinch’s 4th Georgia Cavalry; Company I, 27th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Appling Grays; Captain John Mayers’s Appling County Cavalry; Company B, 54th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Appling Volunteers; Captain Ben Milikin’s Appling County Militia; Company K, 54th Georgia Volunteer Infanty, Satilla Rifles; Captain Silas Crosby’s Appling County Militia.

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Hopewell United Methodist Church, Appling County

Appling County GA Hopewell United Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This congregation was established in 1860.

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Shotgun House, Wayne County

Wayne County GA Country Store Holmesville Road Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is located on Holmesville Road in southwestern Wayne County and a contact suggested it may have been a country store. The more I look at it, though, it seems to have a lot of windows for a store. It could be an old shotgun house.

Wayne County GA Holmesville Road Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Late Purple Aster & Sulphur Butterfly, Wayne County

Wayne County GA Late Purple Aster Symphyotrichum patens  Sulphur Butterfly Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Late Purple Asters (Symphyotrichum patens) can be found sporadically throughout South Georgia from late September until early November. They appear in a variety of habitats. I found this one, hosting a sulphur butterfly, in a ditch. There were only a half-dozen or so plants in the colony.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, Wayne County

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

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