John McGahee Tenant House, 1870s, Jefferson County

Located in the vicinity of Wrens is this spectacular survivor, a tenant house that can be dated to at least 1879, with its original kitchen still intact. This description and identification was shared with me: an unpainted lap siding house…on the edge of a red clay embankment and very close to the right of way. It is what I would call a salt box style house with a similarly constructed detached kitchen structure close behind it. There is a front porch which is right on the edge of the embankment. The house looks like it has never had window sash and what may be original plain board shutters can be seen on the north side of the main house. The house has a tall look to it and the eave line at the front is higher than on the back side. The front faces west and there are no windows on the front, only the door. Using the 1879 Jefferson County map by L.F. Adkins…the saltbox house [is] shown on the Adkins map as occupied by John McGahee who is listed on the 1860 census of Jefferson County, Div. Pope Hill, age 21, occupation tenant, birthplace Georgia, wife Frances A. age 18, one child John E. age 1…

 

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Abandoned Craftsman Cottage, Ludowici

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Another Long County Landmark Faces Demolition

The present owners of this house, known as the Vickers-Howard House, are seeking someone who can move it or salvage the timber; otherwise it faces imminent demolition. It is my understanding that the owners prefer to see it moved but they can’t wait long. Considering the recent loss of the antebellum Hendley Foxworth Horne House, and the looming loss of the Johnston House, it would be wonderful if someone could purchase and save this one.

If you or someone you know is serious about purchasing and moving this house, you can contact the owner here. Please do not contact them if you are not serious. [As a matter of disclosure I am not an agent of nor do I represent the owners of this property. The link is shared from social media].

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Quality Signs, Jesup

As part of a renovation project on commercial storefronts in downtown Jesup, this sign painter’s storefront has been exposed. The typography would suggest the business likely dated to the 1950s or maybe the 1960s, but not the building itself. It’s likely much older. I just like the old sign and the design era it represents.

 

 

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Single-Pen House, Jesup

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Enclosed Dogtrot Farmhouse, Wayne County

The original front door appears to have originally been a much wider opening, suggesting the house was built as a dogtrot.

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Plantation Plain Farmhouse, Wayne County

A historic preservationist has suggested to me that he believes this to be one of the oldest surviving houses in lower Southeast Georgia, perhaps dating to the 1830s. Definitely antebellum and likely built within the first three decades of settlement in Wayne County, it features a recessed chimney and original log attached kitchen.

 

 

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