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Hill-Price-Brickle House, Circa 1890, Bronwood

This Second Empire house is one of the finest examples of the style I’ve ever seen in rural Georgia. The present owners, Roy and Wilma Brickle, began its restoration in 1990 and have done an exemplary job.

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Queen Anne House, Bronwood

This unusual Queen Anne features shingle siding on the eaves.

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Georgian Cottage, Bronwood

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Bronwood United Methodist Church, 1883, Terrell County

From the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church: Camp meetings held at Coney’s Head on Kinchfoonee Creek in the 1850s inspired the organization of Salem Church and the erection of a building in 1857 on land purchased from Thomas Caldwell. When the new church, Brown’s Station, was built in 1883, Salem’s membership declined and its building was sold to the African Methodist Church. Bronwood Church is of virgin pine cut from the area forests…

 

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Bronwood, Georgia

bronwood ga lost historic storefronts photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

UPDATE ON BRONWOOD: I got a disturbing message from photographer Steve Robinson yesterday (11 April 2016). He wrote: I thought you might like an update on downtown Bronwood. It is gone!  The entire block of brick buildings that you posted on your site has been leveled.  As of yesterday, it is a pile of bricks. I turned on that street yesterday and instantly got depressed. His photo is below.

bronwood destruction by steve robinson

Bob Rainey, a Bronwood resident who bought the buildings a few years ago, told Melissa Hodges for a story on WALB-TV:  It was so unsafe, the floors were rotten, the roof was falling in, and the glass in the front was all broke and hanging. Rainey, whose family has operated a used car dealership across the street since the 1960’s, bought the block two years ago. I put two years of thought into this, it didn’t happen overnight. There were a couple buildings where the roof was already gone. I understand that there were efforts over the years to attract businesses here but they all fell through. When faced with such prospects, a property owner often has no choice. The buildings were a tax and insurance liability. Watch Melissa’s report for more background.

bronwood ga historic storefront window sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Though other buildings remain, this was the commercial core of Bronwood. This is a devastating loss.

bronwood ga historic storefronts photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Richard Stott wrote of the above building, which may have originally been a bank: When I lived there, the far end of this building was the post office, and next to it was Floyd Herrington’s barber shop.

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General Stores, Bronwood

bronwood ga vernacular architecture general stores photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Ron Howard writes: Years ago the building in the foreground was used as a shoe repair shop by a deaf gentleman…

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Freight Depot, Bronwood

bronwood ga railroad freight depot photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

I’m not sure if this was associated with a local business or a railroad, but I’m sure it’s a freight depot of some kind.

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