Crystal Lake, July 1940, Irwin County

These snapshots were made by Frances Trammell McCormick in July 1940. This early pavilion (above) was quite different from the two that followed. It was an open-air shelter and likely held a concession stand. [I have a download of another snapshot from the same era of a much more elaborate structure which was identified as being at Crystal Lake but I’m having trouble confirming it; it seems unlikely that there would have been two large pavilions at the site around the same time].

The edge of the pavilion is visible at the extreme left of this photograph, made from the lake. A small wooden structure, likely a diving platform, is also visible. I believe there are cars parked near the shoreline.

Shoreline from the lake

Boaters passing a wooden slide

Water skier

A couple walking on the beach, with the slide visible to the left

 

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6 responses to “Crystal Lake, July 1940, Irwin County

  1. Mandy Vassey Bryant

    My mama and her sisters were practically raised out there. All of stories people would tell like those mentioned, she said were nonsense. My mother did mention the pavilion burning down at some point when my family owned it, but I am not sure if that while my grandfather was living or after. She and her sisters owned it for a bit after he died in 1953. My mother and one sister bought out Jehu Fletcher’s half, then they sold it. I am not sure how long after that.

  2. Mandy Vassey Bryant

    My mama and her sisters were practically raised out there. All of stories people would tell like those mentioned, she said were nonsense.

  3. Mandy Bryant

    My grandfather, Leon Lewis, and Jehu Fletcher would have been the owners during this time period. I have photos of 2 different views as well but I believe one was the front of the building and the other the lake side.

    On Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 1:34 PM Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown wrote:

    > Brian Brown posted: “These snapshots were made by Frances Trammell > McCormick in July 1940. This early pavilion (above) was quite different > from the two that followed. It was an open-air shelter and likely held a > concession stand. [I have a download of another snapshot from th” >

  4. Royce Moore

    Have you heard the old store about the lake going dry and swallowing up the structure along with the devil rising in the lake.

    • Stan Arline

      In the mid 50’s we would go to Crystal Lake with my cousins from Omega we would lleave Thomasville at daylight probably a hour to Omega and 30-40 minutes to Crysstal Lake . There was a long flat roofed building with restrooms and a changing room. They cooked hamburgers and hotdogs. It was much better than the beach. The Omega cousins would come to Thomasville and we would Go to Wakulla Springs and turn blue from the cold Spring water. I don’t remember Crystal Lake being that cold.

    • Denise Nobles

      Yes ,our Uncle’s Virgil Newbern and my Grandpa Newberns’ brothers got a kick out of telling us kids these stories and of course Devil’s Den !

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