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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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Eclectic Farmhouse, Holmesville

Appling County GA Eclectic Vernacular Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

 

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Site of Holmesville Masonic Lodge #195, Appling County

Appling County GA Holmesville Masonic Lodge Historic Marker Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Located in a roadside park on Georgia Highway 15, south of Baxley, this granite marker notes the charter site of the Holmesville Masonic Lodge, No. 195, Free & Accepted Masons.Other markers and monuments (a Confederate memorial is pictured in the next post) here pay tribute to the first county seat of Appling County, Holmesville. A bronze tablet (not pictured) placed by the Colonel Daniel Appling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution notes that Holmesville was incorporated here on 8 December 1828, on the property of Solomon Kennedy. At the time of its founding, present-day Appling County, encompassed all or part of 12 counties: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Brantley; Charlton; Clinch; Coffee; Echols; Jeff Davis; Pierce; Ware; and Wayne.

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Hopewell United Methodist Church, 1904, Appling County

Appling County GA Hopewell United Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This congregation was established in 1860 and first met in a structure that also served as a schoolhouse. It was replaced in 1880 after a fire and the present structure was built in 1904.

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Vernacular Farmhouse, Appling County

Abandoned Farmhouse Appling County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This was one of my favorite finds this week. I’m calling it the Bethel Community because it’s near Bethel Methodist Church, a congregation dating to the 1830s.

Abandoned Vernacular Farmhouse Appling County GA Pecan Tree Southern Decay Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

 

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