As someone on my Facebook page suggested, few people realize how vegetables get to market. Of course we know in South Georgia, but the wider world often has no idea. It’s a labor-intensive process, especially with “truck” crops such as watermelon, squash, and others that require hand harvesting. I passed by this busy group near Owensboro right at the moment a downpour came and sent them seeking shelter from rain and lightning.
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I’m always trying to get the perfect shot of this house. I know that sooner or later it will be gone, but it’s as much a part of Owensboro to me as any place else.
I love this old house and photograph it every time I’m in Owensboro.
This iconic view is largely a result of the work of Dr. Delano Braziel, a retired art professor, master potter and native son of Pitts, who has worked diligently to restore the appearance of his hometown. I finally got to meet Dr. Braziel and his son, Jim, on a recent visit and have an even greater appreciation for this place than I did before. “Dr. B” notes that Pitts was founded in the late 1800s and incorporated in 1905. At its peak there were 33 stores and businesses in the town, as well as three doctors. His father, J. H. Braziel operated a general store until December 1971. It was the last business of its kind in Pitts and signaled the end of an era. (From the description of his painting “Downtown Pitts”, © Delano Braziel, 2010).
When I first posted this image of “Doc” Clements’ drugstore nearly four years ago, the building was in bad shape, as evidenced by the boarded-up second-floor windows. But I see lots of places like this in small towns all over South Georgia, and I didn’t think much else of it until Betty Thomas sent me a message the other day telling me that it was being demolished. It seems the owner was never willing to sell the building below a certain price and in the meantime, its structural integrity was compromised. Fast forward to today, and this place, which was a center of life in the small Wilcox County community for most of the 20th century, literally began crumbling. Betty reports that bricks had fallen to the sidewalk below and the building was deemed unsafe. It was already too far gone for preservation, even though several people had offered to buy and stabilize it. I’m so glad that Betty made these photographs to document the loss of such an important place.
All images below: Courtesy Betty Thomas (May 2013)
Please do not repost these without crediting them to her.
Sidney McWhorter writes, “This is an old tenant house on my farm that we refer to as the Guyton house because we had an elderly couple that lived there until their deaths, who helped my daddy, J. B. McWhorter, Sr. farm. I use it as a storage house now but do not want to tear it down. We lived there when our house was being remodeled in 1958.“