Brewer Pope’s Store, Barwick

Brewer Popes Millpond Store Brooks County GA Cypress Pond Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A couple of weeks ago I shared an older photo of Brewer Pope’s Store. I made it a point to stop by here on a recent trip and to my amazement, the place hasn’t changed a bit in five years. It’s a good thing because this is one of the coolest country stores to be found in South Georgia. I’m not sure when it closed but it was open as late as the 1980s. For many years, this was a public pay fishing area and the store probably served primarily as a convenience for fishermen. When I first posted the photo on Flickr six years ago, an unidentified user wrote: I remember going to this store in the early 1980s when my dad worked on a farm not too far away. Crickets chirping and getting a cold Coca-Cola, out of the coffin cooler, which was sweating in the hot summer heat of south Georgia. Besides the Ichauway Store in Baker County, I can think of no other in South Georgia with a more idyllic setting.

Brewer Popes Store Popes Millpond Brooks County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It served generations of folks who probably appreciated its setting as much as I do. The millpond itself is a natural wonder and well-known landmark of Brooks County.

Popes Millpond Barwick GA Brooks County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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6 responses to “Brewer Pope’s Store, Barwick

  1. Jim Wheeler

    Mr. Pope passed away about six or seven years ago I think. Was fortunate to meet him a few times. Quite the character.

  2. Hayes Gibson

    Thank you ever so much for the photos & the heart to preserve the memories of this area.I now live in mid Tn but your pictures make me want to pack my bags. My family is McDonalds & Swains of Pavo ( formerly McDonald ). Their cemetery is on highway 122.Also Augustus Swain killed a William Barwick (probably of Barwick,Ga) with a bowie knife in Thomasville on 7/6/1855. I have more info should you wish. Thank you again, Hayes On Nov 11, 2015 9:29 AM, “Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian

  3. msrhae42

    The lower one looks like a painting!

  4. One of my favorites! I last photographed it in 2013. It was almost obscured by vegetation at that time. I love the Old Coffee Road. There are many interesting sights along it including several old abandoned buildings that were oviously important in their day and may have been great meeting places.

  5. Another fantastic photograph(s)…I’m so jealous!

  6. Fred Gleaton

    I started scratching phantom skeeter and chigger bites just from looking at these pictures. It is, however, a lovely spot.

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