Musella Gin & Cotton Company

Musella Gin & Cotton Company Crawford County GA 1949 Cadillac Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is a classic Cadillac, likely a 1949 model.

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Dickey Farms, Musella

Dickey Farms Legendary Peaches Ice Cream Musella GA Crawford County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

http://www.gapeaches.com/

In business since 1897, Dickey Farms is one of Georgia’s most iconic peach growers and packers. People drive from far and wide to the out-of-the-way packinghouse here in Musella to buy their famous peach ice cream and other peach-based goodies. I can’t wait to try their peach cider.

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Peach Workers, Musella

Musella GA Crawford County Peach Pickers Farm Labor Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Peach harvesting and processing remains a labor intensive form of agriculture and hundreds of Hispanic workers are employed by Dickey Farms, an iconic local producer of Georgia’s official state fruit. This nice gentleman was surprisingly cooperative about being photographed.

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Musella Baptist Church, 1908

Musella Baptist Church Crawford County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This congregation dates to 1884.

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An Update on the Hancock County Courthouse Fire

Hancock County Courthouse Sparta GA Destroyed By Fire August 2014 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

(1883 – 2014)

Though this is north of the Fall Line and therefore associated with Vanishing North Georgia, I wanted to share since so many people have contacted me. I was really grateful for all the messages I received on Monday regarding the loss of this historic courthouse. It was amazing how people with no ties to the county felt the need to reach out. Apparently, a fire began around 3AM Monday morning and though first thought to be arson, it is now suspected that a random electrical event may have triggered the conflagration. Deborah Clayton wrote me this morning to say that her cousin and good friend, Hancock County Chairwoman Helen G. “Sistie” Hudson, was confident that the courthouse will be rebuilt as it was fully insured. In the 1950s a “new” brick facade was placed over the old one so the remaining walls are structurally sound, though still smoldering in places. The Georgia Archives is sending in a disaster recovery team as all records were in the vault and since it wasn’t properly closed much conservation will be needed. A rebuild won’t replace the original, but it shows the resolve of the entire community when it comes to their historic resources.

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Ichauway Store, Baker County

Ichauway Store Woodruff Plantation Baker County GA Iconic Landmark  Coca Cola Signs Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Located on a high bank of Ichawaynochaway Creek, this is one of the most iconic country stores in Georgia, in my opinion. It’s still open (with limited hours) and the gas pump still works.

Ichauway Store Woodruff Plantation Baker County GA Iconic Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Old Hoggard Mill Bridge, Ichauway Plantation

Ichuaway Plantation Bridge Baker County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I can’t locate anything about the history of this bridge, but it  provides one of the most scenic views in all of South Georgia.

Ichuaway Plantation Bridge Wood and Iron Truss Baker County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The girder style construction is a bit complex for a dirt road and the view as you near the end of the bridge is of the iconic Ichauway Store.

Ichauway Store Woodruff Plantation Baker County GA Iconic Landmark  View From Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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