Abandoned School, Bulloch County

Abandoned Country Church Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I first though this was a church, but after a suggestion from a friend who has more architectural knowledge, I’m inclined to think that it was a schoolhouse. After reviewing the Educational Survey of Bulloch County (1915), there are a few possibilities. Sadly, it is beyond repair.

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Country Store, Bulloch County

Abandoned Country Store Rusted Coca Cola Sign Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s hard to imagine a time when little stores like this one could be found scattered throughout the countryside. As people became more mobile, though, the need for them vanished. To find one in this condition is rare.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, Bulloch County

Bulloch County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes, 1954, Bulloch County

Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes Bulloch County GA Equalization School Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A historic marker placed on 30 August 2014 reads:

Willow Hill School was established in 1874 during Reconstruction as one of the first schools for African Americans in Bulloch County.  It was privately supported until being sold to the local Board of Education in 1920. In 1954 the county built a new “equalization” school as part of a statewide strategy to resist federally mandated integration.  These schools addressed blatant geographic and racial disparities in education with new, modern – but still segregated – facilities and improved curricula. Willow Hill was one of five such African-American schools in Bulloch County and consolidated several older rural schools: Bennett Grove, Scarboro Grove, Rehovia, Gays Grove, Free Chapel, and Johnson Grove.  The school closed in 1969 as part of the county’s desegregation plan, and the students and faculty sent elsewhere.  It reopened as an integrated intermediate school in 1971 with new faculty.

For a more detailed history, please visit this link:

http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/history/willow-hill-heritage-renaissance-center-archive/

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Cedar Lawn Store, Bulloch County

Cedar Lawn Store Bulloch County GA Two Story With Upstairs Living Quarters Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’d like to thank photographer Randall Davis for suggesting this location. Some thought it was located in Emanuel County, since it has a Twin City address, but it’s just over the Bulloch County line on U.S. 80, near Portal. The community around the store is known to locals as Cedar Lawn. Residential stores like this are few and far between today. It’s always been a common practice in cities for shopkeepers to live “above the store” but was seen less frequently in rural areas.

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Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, 1879, Bulloch County

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This congregation dates to 1879.

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Bulloch County GA Portal Area Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It was built at a time when many congregations segregated the sexes through architecture. Men entered through one door and women through another.

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Bulloch County GA Portal Area Gender Segregated Front Doors Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Linda Warman Sims & Brenna J. Moore for suggesting this.

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Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church, 1906, Twin City

Twin City GA Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church Double-Steeple with One Steeple Removed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I originally thought was built for another congregation and might have had another steeple, but Eileen Dudley notes that it was built this way. Eileen is the program manager for Historic Twin City and is largely responsible for getting National Register status for the city. Please visit this unique little town if you find yourself in the area and before you go, be sure to like Historic Twin City on Facebook for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/HistoricTwinCityGeorgia?fref=ts

Twin City Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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