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Caroline Miller House, Baxley

Though largely forgotten today, Caroline Miller (1903-1992) was once a best-selling author. Her novel Lamb in His Bosom, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1933, was critically acclaimed as one of the best first works of the Southern Renaissance. Miller was also the first Georgian to be so honored.

Born in Waycross to Elias and Levy Zan Hall Pafford, Caroline married her English teacher, William D. Miller, soon after graduating from high school. They moved to Baxley soon thereafter. While raising three boys in this rental house, Miller wrote short stories in her spare time. Aiming for authentic regional dialect and material, she ventured out into the surrounding countryside and talked with many old-timers, documenting the idiomatic speech and folkways of the Wiregrass region, which she would later incorporate into Lamb in His Bosom. As it depicted poor whites who didn’t own slaves, it was a departure from the romantic South of literature. It is widely regarded as one of the best available sources for this largely overlooked culture today. Margaret Mitchell even considered it her favorite novel about the South.

The Millers divorced in 1936 and Caroline married Clyde H. Ray, Jr., in 1937. The couple moved to Waynesville, North Carolina, where Caroline gave birth to two more children. In 1944 she published her second novel, Lebanon, which didn’t receive the praise or success afforded Lamb in His Bosom. Though she would continue to write prolifically, she chose not publish later manuscripts, largely to avoid the attention and scrutiny of the critics. She died in North Carolina in 1992.

Today, the house is owned by the Friends of the Caroline Miller House.

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Craftsman Bungalow, Baxley

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Eclectic House, Baxley

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Hitching Horses at Parker’s, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Hitching a Horse at Parkers Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I made this photograph in 2010 and somehow forgot all about it until working on my archives today. It’s quite unusual to see a horse being hitched at a convenience store, though I’m sure Surrency once had more than its fair share of horses. These young men even made sure to “park” the horses within the marked parking spaces.

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Dixon Farm Tenant House, Appling County

Tenant Farmhouse Photographed 2010 Appling County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I photographed this house in 2010. Larry Dixon writes: This house was built in the early 50s by my father Kenneth Dixon and Solomon Griffis. The property was owned by my grandfather A.M. Dixon who lived just N.W of SR-203 on Dixon Road. It was built to house the farmhands that worked for my grandfather. There was Slim, Gladys his wife, Mary Ellen their daughter, and Rosa, Gladys’ mother. They were a black family well respected in the community and loved by my family. I have tried several times to locate the family to no avail.

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Dixon Farmhouse, Appling County

Cracker Farmhouse Appling County GA Vernacular Architecture Landmark Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is a new edit of a photograph made in late 2010. After traveling past the place for several years without knowing the house existed, I was amazed when the property owners cleared the land and exposed it. It’s among the nicest examples of so-called Cracker style I’ve seen. Larry Dixon writes: This is the very house my father was born in. My father was Kenneth Dixon, and was born in 1926 to A. M. (Bug) and Josey Miles Dixon. The property is now owned and maintained by my father”s first cousin.

Jesse Bookhardt commented on the original version on 9 February 2012:  I was born in a share cropper’s cracker shack like this one and seeing them still evokes strong emotions. We need never forget our heritage though for many of us we have long left that world behind. Once you have South Georgia sand in your brogan shoe, it never completely leaves.

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Double-Pen Farmhouse, Holmesville

Holmesville GA Appling County Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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