McRainey House, 1909, Elmodel

Malcolm Archibald McRainey House Elmodel GA Baker County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Nearly six years have passed since I first made a trip to Baker County to photograph this house. I had been warned about not entering the property, which I wouldn’t have done to begin with, but I was intent on seeing it and, if I got lucky, getting a good shot or two. This is one of those images, from 29 March 2010. Much time has passed, but the popularity of my original photograph hasn’t subsided. The house is owned by “Mrs. Effie”, widow of one of builder Archibald McRainey’s sons, Malcom Angus McRainey. In recent years, Mrs. Effie has become a hero to many (including me) for her refusal to allow looters and vandals to further harm the property. Some have complained that she should have done more to save it, but let’s face it, not many could afford the repairs necessary to bring this back to its original appearance. Anyway, it’s beyond repair now, but it’s still important to Mrs. Effie. She lives next door,  and if you have any notion of trespassing here, don’t be surprised if you’re met with a hail of gunfire. If you just have to see it, drive by and get a photo from your car window.

For more background from a local perspective, see Jessica McDaniel’s post.

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9 responses to “McRainey House, 1909, Elmodel

  1. Cheri Taylor

    From what I read and understand, Ms. Effie is the widow of Archibald Mcrainey NOT the widow of one of his sons. She was very much younger than he was.

    • Lee McKinnon

      No She was the widow of Malcom Angus MCRainey, which was Malcom Archibald’s son. He married her when she was 18. M. Archibald died is 1914.

  2. Marion Odom

    Unfortunately, unless such houses are continually occupied and maintained they reach a point where rehabilitation is prohibitively expensive. Not to mention the fact that there are very few carpenters who know how to do that kind of carpentry – NO MOTORS!

  3. Stan Arline

    I went in this house 20 years ago at that time someone was storing hay and and cattle feed inside it appeared at the time the house could have been saved.A lot of the woodwork inside and out was intricate and beautiful.

  4. tallulaha

    Has anyone approached Mrs. Effie about being allowed to simply photograph it? It looks like a wonderful place with a real story to tell.

    • She’s in her late 80s and doesn’t want to be bothered about the house, which considering the vandalism and looting that has gone on here, is not surprising at all.

  5. Suellen McCranie

    Archibald (McRainey) McCranie was one of many “greats” Grandfather, not sure how many “greats” are in front of Grandfather Archibald. I do appreciate you showing this home and pleased to know that it is part of my family’s history. Thanks so much for posting. Suellen McCranie

  6. Marty Barnes

    What a house that must have been. Hurrah forMiss Effie!

  7. Debbie

    Good for Miss Effie. It’s bad enough when nature takes it’s course on history but people that don’t respect these old dwellings can do a lot more damage! great photo Brian!
    Debbie

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