Coleman Barns, Candler County

Candler County GA Jim Colemans Big Barn Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I first came to know of this iconic barn from another photographer in the area and was absolutely amazed when I was finally able to photograph it a few years ago. It’s a massive structure and its architectural features, such as wooden-shingle dormers and trellis vents and doors, make it among the most interesting I’ve ever encountered in South Georgia.

Candler County GA Jim Colemans Barn Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Last July, Anna Williams shared this history of the barn: My husband (Ben Williams, owner of the Heritage Barber Shop in Metter) is the great-grandson of the man who built the barn. It was the Coleman Farm before the Rushtons purchased it. Jim Coleman was the original owner and he was the one who built it. My husband, his brothers and many cousin’s played their when they were young. That was many years ago; he is now 77. This is better known today as the R. L. Rushton farm.

Jim Colemans Big Barn Candler County GA Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It’s hard to do justice to this barn in photographs. It’s massive, but beyond that, its architecture and the attention Jim Coleman paid to the details take it a step above most any of its contemporaries in South Georgia. The old cedar tree adds a lot to the landscape.

Candler County GA Big Barn Road Jim Coleman Rushton Farm Cedar Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Robin Robbins & Vicky Prince both let me know that this barn had been used in the opening sequence of the 1974 movie Buster and Billie. The barn appears at 2:20.

There’s also an eclectic three-vehicle garage on the site.

Candler County GA Big Barn Road Eclectic Triple Garage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It was likely built at the same time as the barn, as the architecture is consistent.

Candler County GA Jim Coleman Triple Garage Barn Eclectic Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

 

 

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3 responses to “Coleman Barns, Candler County

  1. James Lanier

    There is a similar barn located on Rushing Road at Alderman Road just east of Statesboro in Bulloch County, GA.. it is owned by the John Russhing Family and I’m pretty sure it was in the Billy and Buster movie as well.

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  3. Sandra Coleman Clarke

    Thanks for sharing.

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