Though it’s extremely difficult to photograph with the palms crowding out the facade, this courthouse is worth checking out when you’re in the area. It’s one of only two Gothic Revival courthouses in Georgia. The other is in Barrow County. This style is rarely found in public buildings in Georgia. Julian de Bruyn Cops of Savannah was the architect.
Woodbine has an excellent website, especially in regards to historic structures:
As isolated as Tarboro seems today, it’s well known to people of the area. Though this store is closed, there is still one in operation in the community.
Arriving early at Crooked River, I was met by fog so thick I could hardly see the river. It made for some nice photo-ops, though. After hiking beside the river and its surrounding forest for about an hour, I was rewarded with the view below.
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Built circa 1825, this sugar works and arrowroot starch factory was the industrial component to John Houston* McIntosh’s New Canaan Plantation. McIntosh was born in 1773 in what is now McIntosh County. After living for a time in Florida and involvement in a plot to annex East Florida, McIntosh came back to Georgia. He acquired two plantations in Camden County. Marianna was one and New Canaan, site of the sugar works seen here, was the other. Thomas Spalding of Sapelo Island is thought to have been his mentor in this enterprise. It’s located across from the entrance to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in a publicly accessible park on Charlie Smith Sr. Parkway (Georgia Highway 40 Spur).
*The Georgia Historical Society marker placed on the site over 50 years ago uses the spelling Houstoun for Mr. McIntosh’s middle name. I’m not sure why the discrepancy exists, but Taylor Davis has done more recent research, notably exposing the long-held “Spanish mission myth”, so I will defer to his his spelling.
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The old Moody’s Bar-B-Q on U.S. Highway 17 in Woodbine is a true landmark of Southeast Georgia. According to Terry Proctor, who shared the vintage photo below, it was the standard by which all barbeque in the area was judged for many years. The photo was originally posted in a Woodbine page on Facebook by someone in the Moody family, I believe. As soon as I have the specifics, I’ll credit it, but I just wanted to share because it’s such a great old place full of so many memories for people. I’d guess the photo is late 1960s or early 1970s.
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Kingsland and Camden County have seen exponential growth in the past couple of decades due to the location of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base nearby, but Kingsland retains much of its historic past and makes for a fun day trip if you live in South Georgia.
The old Camden Hotel was renovated for use as the City Hall in 1993.
To commemorate Kingsland’s centennial Folkston artist Tim Bass, aka Signsmith, painted this beautiful mural in 2008. It illustrates the community’s commitment to history and preservation in its downtown area.
Visit Tim here: