Talbotton Methodist Church, 1857

Historic Talbotton United Methodist Church Talbot County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is considered one of the best examples of Greek Revival Temple architecture in Georgia.

From the Historical Marker:

As Methodism moved across Georgia, in 1830 Jesse Sinclair and Henry W. Hilliard were sent by the South Carolina Methodist Conference to the Flint River Mission of which Talbot Co. was a part. In 1831 this circuit became a part of the newly formed Georgia Conference and by 1834 Talbotton became a separate Charge. Upon the incorporation of Talbotton on 20 December 1828 a lot was set aside for a Methodist Church and deed to it on 25 June 1831. Soon a substantial wooden church was erected. In 1857 this building was replaced by the present handmade brick church constructed by Miranda Fort. Among the oldest original brick churches of the South Georgia Conference, it is an outstanding example of Greek Revival Temple Architecture.

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Henry Land’s Grocery, Lands Crossing

Lands Crossing GA Irwin County Crossroads Henry Lands Grocery November 2008 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

November 2008

The photograph above has come to be my favorite of the many I’ve made of Henry Land’s Grocery over the years. My earliest photographs of the store were made when the Coca-Cola sign was still hanging on the front door and not long after the Colonial Bread (or Sunbeam) screen doors had been removed.The community around the store, known as Lands Crossing (incorrectly identified on most maps as Lands Crossroads), has always been focused on farming and the country life and Henry Land was its beloved ambassador, a local figure who kept his community alive by keeping this store open as long as he was physically able to do so. A note from Gary McDaniel (son of Joy McDaniel, author of the wonderful book Irwinville Farms Project: The Making of a Community) in November 2008 sums up the place and the man: …in the 60’s, I would visit my grandparents nearby and my cousins and I would walk to Land’s Crossing and get an orange Ne-hi and a pack of peanuts from the grocery store. Henry Land was a gentle and nice man.  It’s been closed for a generation now, but remains a local landmark and the anchor of many good memories.

Lands Crossing GA Irwin County Henry Lands Grocery Summer 2005 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Summer 2005

Lands Crossing GA Irwin County Henry Lands Store March 2010 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

March 2010

In April 2010, J. W. Howell wrote: – Back in the 60’s I used to live about 3 miles from Land’s Crossing. Mr. Land who owned the grocery store wqs a fine man. I stopped in many a time for a Coke. There was another store across the intersection from his store, owned by Mr. George Clements. This was a great community where everybody knew everybody and everyone was a friend. I miss those days when life was so simple.

Henry Lands Grocery Lands Crossing GA March 2010 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

March 2010

The photograph above shows the Lands Crossing Precinct House to the left of the store, which was saved by Rex Johnson and removed to his property. You’ll notice its absence in the final two images. In October 2010, Donya Land wrote this note, which gives a good idea of when the store was given its new look: Henry Land was my great grandpa. I drive by the store every time I go to visit my family, and if Im not mistaken the store is getting a couple coats of paint as of a few days ago! This was around the time the old name plates from the Coca-Cola sign were removed and replaced with these stenciled versions, painted on wood.

Lands Crossing GA Irwin County Henry Lands Grocery June 2011 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

June 2011

Lands Crosing GA Irwin County Henry Lands Store December 2013 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

December 2013

It may look a bit different, but it’s still the heart of a community.

 

 

 

 

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Tenant Farmhouse, Long County

Long County GA Tenant Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is a great example of the standard “Cracker”-style tenant house.

Long County GA Tenant Sharecropper Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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July Thunderstorm, Wayne County

Wayne County GA Thunderstorm Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Dixon Commissary, Walkerville

Walkerville GA Pierce County Old Dixon Commissary Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I had a brief visit with the owner of this structure today, who graciously allowed me access to the property. He noted that it was once a commissary, owned by Alvin and Lizzie Dixon, the grandparents of well-known WTOC-TV anchorman, Sonny Dixon. It served as a general store and post office for Walkerville, as well. Stabilization and basic restorations have been made to insure its survival.

Walkerville GA Pierce County Ghost Town Old Post Office Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Walker House, Pierce County

Pierce County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Near Ramah Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South  Georgia USA 2015

Thanks to Julie Bennett Godfrey, whose family owns the property, for the identification.

Pierce County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It’s time is short but what a history it represents.

Abandoned Farmhouse Pierce County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Pierce County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Walkerville Mershon Area Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Ramah Primitive Baptist Church, Pierce County

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

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