Ruins of Cogdell School, 1939, Clinch County

cogdell ga abandoned school photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

The Cogdell School was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. Joan Burnett Bond writes: I went to school here 1946 to 1951. Our family lived “catty corner” across the street at the back of the school. Ann Sessoms was my teacher and as I recall she had 1st through 5th grade all in one classroom. I took music lessons and practiced and did recitals in the auditorium. I can’t believe this beautiful brick structure has been left to rot away. I played jacks on the stoop in the back of the school for many years, this is where we girls met to play daily.

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5 responses to “Ruins of Cogdell School, 1939, Clinch County

  1. Joan (Burnette) Bond

    I went to school here 1946 to 1951. Our family lived “catty corner” across the street at the back of the school. Ann Sessoms was my teacher and as I recall she had 1st through 5th grade all in one classroom. I took music lessons from (?) and practiced and did recitals in the auditorium. I can’t believe this beautiful brick structure has been left to rot away. I played jacks on the stoop in the back of the school for many years, this is where we girls met to play daily.

  2. scott brown

    i was born and raised about 1/4 mile from the old school but well after it was closed but had plenty of fun times growing up in and out of the old school. Its actually pretty cool inside. the last time i was in there there was still writing on the chalk boards from when it was still up and running.

  3. I was born in Waycross on 8/8/1944. My parents were both in the army. There was a German POW camp near here. My dad said the POWs loved the good Southern food and after a while they would let them go to town but none ever tried to escape. My parents had their honeymoon at the Ware Hotel. After the war they went back to Pitts. Pa always had fond memories of true southern hospitality. My godmother’s name was Essy Gloss, truly a Southern Belle. I live outside of Atlanta now retired from the airlines. What a great website! Thanks!

  4. Lanny Martin

    Sad to see these old structures that served America so well withering away. Progress, for better or worse, destroys all in it’s path by either neglect or intent.

    • Brenda Burnett McLaine

      I was raised in Cogdell. we moved there around 1948. My father worked for the Sessoms in Turpentine. It’s not only the roof that needs repair. When Alex and Jan Sessoms was building their home they tried taking the floors up to use in their home. I have gotten dizzy on the “old merry go round” from the school yard many times. This was a beautiful building at one time.

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