St. Simons Lighthouse, 1872

St. Simons Island Light Lighthouse GA Charles Cluskey Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The present lighthouse on St. Simons was built in 1872 by Charles Cluskey to replace James Gould’s octagonal tower of 1810. Confederate troops burned that structure to make coastal navigation more difficult for the Union navy. If you’ve never been, you should put it on your Georgia “bucket list” and make sure you climb the spiral staircase to the top for awesome views of the island and Atlantic Ocean. The keeper’s house (on the right) is presently being renovated, but the lighthouse is still open. Visit the website of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society for more information:

http://www.saintsimonslighthouse.org/index.html

 

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J. C. Strother Company, St. Simons Island

J C Strother Company Hardware Store The Village St Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

If you’re familiar at all with St. Simons Island and its downtown, which locals call the Village, you’ve no doubt seen this structure while strolling down Mallery Street. J. C. Strother opened his hardware store here in 1930 and the family is still involved in promoting and protecting the island today. Though it’s now home to a number of different businesses, the building retains its old signage. It wouldn’t be Mallery Street without it.

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U. G. B. Hogan House, Laurens County

Uriah Griffin Bonaparte Hogan House Classical Revival Architecture Landmark Rubert Hogan Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Rhonda Thompson Wright brought this wonderful home to my attention, knowing that it was just the sort of place I seek in my travels. I made a special trip to the area just to find it, and I ‘m so glad I did. In early springtime, a massive camellia bush is beginning to bloom and honeybees busy themselves on the great holly beside the front porch.

Uriah Griffin Bonaparte Hogan House Classical Revival Architecture Landmark Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

According to Kathy Hogan Henderson, the house was built by her grandfather, Uriah Griffin Bonaparte [known locally as Mr. Boney] Griffin (9 October 1876 – 16 December 1943) because his wife, Amanda Jane Osborne Hogan (12 September 1875 – 11 May 1948), wanted to raise her growing family in the country and away from the hustle and bustle of town. I am unsure as to the date of construction, but I would guess circa 1900-1925.

Uriah Griffin Bonaparte Hogan House Classical Revival Architecture Landmark Springtime Dogwoods Budding Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

After Mr. Boney’s death, George Hogan inherited the house through a family lottery and upon his death it passed to his son George, who still owns it. The parting shot shows the old carport, a very early one as carports go…

Hogan House Laurens County GA Early Carport Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Tar Paper Farmhouse, Laurens County

Tar Paper Vernacular Farmhouse Wild Plum Trees Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is just down the road from the Hogan House, so I would guess it was part of the property at one time.

Tar Paper Vernacular Farmhouse Hogan Farm Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Wild plums and other spring shrubs were budding and blooming all over.

Tar Paper Vernacular Farmhouse Overgrown Yard Trees Laurens County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Farm Building, Laurens County

Farm Building Near Dexter Hogan Farm Laurens County GA Old Industrial Cooler Door Used for Wall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is also probably part of the Hogan estate, seen in the preceding posts. There’s a nearly identical structure next door, but the interesting feature of this one is the old Viking cooler front (of the type you’d have seen in an old grocery store) being used as a support wall on the right. That’s me in the window!

Laurens County Farm Barn Viking Industrial Cooler Freezer Self Portrait Serve Yourself Copyright Brian Brown Photography Vanishing Media USA 2014

And I couldn’t resist capturing the great old Viking emblem:

Viking Industrial Cooler Freezer Commercial Emblem Laurens County GA Photograph Copyrigh Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Board-and-Batten Cabin, Georgia Highway 257

Board and Batten Farmhouse Cabin Laurens County GA Near Dublin Photograph Copyright Bian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This appears to be an old tenant house that’s been preserved for use as a cabin. It’s located between Dexter and Dublin and is a great example of the style. Colleen Williams notes that it’s owned by the Don Hobbs family and was last used as a farmer’s market. Great idea, I think!

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Dexter Methodist Church

Dexter Methodist Church Laurens County GA Vernacular Gothic Architecture Stained Glass Windows Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This historic structure is now home to Dexter United Methodist Church.

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