Stephen C. Foster Monument, Fargo

Suwannee River Headwaters Stephen C. Foster Monument Fargo GA Clinch County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Erected in memory of Stephen Collins Foster at the source of the stream which he made immortal in song: “Suwanee River”

The monument was donated by Charles J. Haden.

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Suwannee River at Fargo

Suwannee River near its Source Fargo GA Clinch County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The Suwannee River is one of America’s best-known waterways, thanks to Stephen Foster’s immortal song.

Suwannee River Landing at Fargo GA Truck in High Water Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Heavy rains this winter have forced the river over its banks.

Suwannee River Visitors Center Fargo GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The high waters are evident at the Suwannee River Visitors Center, a state-run facility that’s presently closed.

Suwannee River High Water at Visitors Center Fargo GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The river’s source is the nearby Okefenokee Swamp.

Suwannee River at Fargo GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Fargo GA Clinch County Suwannee River near Headwaters Okefenokee Swamp High Water Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Bethany Primitive Baptist Church & Arabia Cemetery, Clinch County

Historic Bethany Primitive Baptist Church Arabia Bay Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Bethany was established as a branch of Union Church in 1841 and was constituted in May 1847. It remains an active congregation, meeting on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month.

Historic Bethany Primtive Baptist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyriht Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A pavilion for dinners-on-the ground is essential, as this style of Primitive Baptist meeting house is essentially a sanctuary with room for nothing else. They are very utilitarian, as are their Crawfordite cousins.

Bethany Baptist Church Dinner on the Grounds Pavilion Clinch County GA Photography Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The church and grounds are situated on a high bluff of Arabia Bay, which is actually a Carolina bay surrounded by an extensive swamp. The cemetery has always been known as Arabia Cemetery, for its location. It’s the final resting place of many Clinch County pioneers.

Arabia Cemetery Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Perhaps the white sand led pioneers to call the land here “Arabia”. The cemetery can seem quite stark to those who have never seen these white sand burial grounds common in Southeast Georgia, but they really have a subtle beauty.

Arabia Cemetery Bethany Primitive Baptist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Arabia is particularly well-maintained. The beautiful decorative arch marking the entrance is a landmark itself, having been given in memory of R. G. Dickerson, who died in 1924, by Mrs. R. G. Dickerson and family. The crossroads near the church are known as Dickerson Crossing.

Historic Arabia Cemetery Arabia Bay Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Ramah Primitive Baptist Church, Clinch County

Historic Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The meeting house of Ramah Primitive Baptist Church stands empty today, largely unchanged from the time its congregation disbanded in 1979. The interior has the typical appearance of its nearby cousins, the Crawfordites. The date of the structure is not known, but the congregation was established in 1873.

Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Ramah Church Homerville Area GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Pews Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The pews feature a crest on the ends, an unusual decoration for Primitive Baptist churches, where ornamentation is generally eschewed.

Ramah Primitive Baptist Church Clinch County GA Pew Detail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

 

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Pioneer Farmhouse, Clinch County

Clinch County GA Double Pen House near Rama Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This double-pen farmhouse has wooden shingles under the tin roof, but the chimney looks like a replacement. Either way, it’s a landmark pioneer house and in relatively good shape.

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Antioch Methodist Church, 1844, Clinch County

Historic Antioch Methodist Church Antebellum Chapel Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

With a choir of two and a congregation of five, the very survival of this little church is an inspiration. Built in 1844, it’s truly one of the most historic rural church buildings in South Georgia. I can only imagine the challenges faced by the Wiregrass pioneers who cleared longleaf pine and palmetto thickets to raise this chapel. Many of those men and women are buried in the adjoining cemetery. The congregation built a social hall behind the old church a few years ago and obviously take great pride in this special place.

Historic Antioch Methodist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I hope the United Methodist Church will work to further secure the site, as the congregation ages and grows smaller in number.

Historic Antioch Methodist Church Interior Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Historic Antioch Methodist Church Clinch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Jimbo’s Log Kitchen, Homerville

Jimbos Log Kitchen Homerville GA Landmark Restaurant Closed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The Steedley family has operated this landmark, from tavern to restaurant to catering business, since the Great Depression. I don’t believe the restaurant is still open but it was famous far beyond Homerville. Travelers passing through this isolated town on busy US 84 depended on its good food and friendly atmosphere for generations.

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