Live Oak Methodist Church, 1888, Turner County

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Abandoned Historic Southern Structure Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Over a year ago, Melvin Newton contacted me about this church. I was amazed because it’s less than fifteen minutes from my parents’ back door and no one I knew had ever even heard of the place. Melvin wrote, in part: “There is an old church in Turner County known as Live Oak Methodist Church. It is idle now as there have been no services there for several years. I was born and raised in the Live Oak Community and attended this church from as long as I can remember until I went into the Air Force in 1957. This old church is very dear to me and it’s on its last legs and in dire need of repair”.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Abandoned Historic Structure Endangered Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The congregation was established on 13 September 1888, and though the exterior was sided with asbestos at some point (likely the 1950s or thereabouts), the interior remains virtually original and appears to be contemporary to the date of the founding. As you can see in this view, the middle of the structure is sagging. This is so severe that the brick pillar below the third window from the left has collapsed. It means without stabilization, gravity will cause the structure to fall in on itself at some point.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Abandoned Historic Structure Rear View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A beautiful old oak tree is located at the rear of the building.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Pulpit Candle Stands Local Craftsmanship Carpentry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The interior is now absent its pews. I’m hoping family members of the congregation removed them and not vandals. The most striking feature remaining is the handcrafted pulpit and altar and the old piano, which I’ll share from several perspectives here.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Pulpit Altar Piano Southern Gothic Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Pulpit Altar Piano Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Pulpit Altar Piano Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The view below show just how badly the floor is sagging.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Southern Sagging Floor Compromised Structural Integrity Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

And here’s a view from the altar to the front door:

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Southern Endangered Architecture Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These old flowers, perhaps brought in from the cemetery, add color to the place.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Old Christmas Flowers Wreath Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Ultimately, I’m grateful to Melvin Newton for bringing this church to my attention. It’s a real treasure which I fear will soon be lost.

Live Oak Methodist Church Turner County GA Abandoned Historic Structure Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Classic Cracker, Turner County

 

Vernacular Architecture Classic Cracker Style Farmhouse with Attached Kitchen Turner County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Found this classic house rambling around Turner County today. It’s one of the best examples I’ve ever seen.

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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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