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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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Hay Bale Art, Warwick

Hay bale art can be seen all over South Georgia, especially in the guise of jack-o-lanterns around Halloween. This one is located at Stripling’s Sausage & Meat on Lake Blackshear in Warwick.

http://www.pickyourown.org/Fun-Farm_Art.php

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National Grits Festival Headquarters, Warwick

Warwick natives Fred Gleaton and Dan Aultman note that this was originally a wooden building and that it served as the Masonic Lodge for Warwick.

http://www.gritsfest.com/index.html

This is actually the office of the Warwick Lake Blackshear Business Organization, but it serves as the de facto home of this popular annual festival sponsored by the Quaker Oats Company.


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Spooner & Company Freight Door, Warwick

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First Baptist Church, Warwick

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Folk Victorian, Warwick

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