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Historic Storefronts, Quitman

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A fire destroyed much of the commercial district of Quitman in 1897. The building on the right dates to 1898, indicating it was among many businesses rising from the devastation the following year.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Brooks County Courthouse, 1864, Quitman

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Though the Brooks County Courthouse is generally noted as having been built in 1859, that date is misleading. Construction began that year, but due to the Civil War and the death of contractor Charles H. Remington in 1862, the courthouse was not completed until 1864. It was extensively remodeled in 1892 by the firm of Bruce & Morgan, in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.

National Register of Historic Places

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Brewer Pope’s Store, Barwick

Brewer Popes Millpond Store Brooks County GA Cypress Pond Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A couple of weeks ago I shared an older photo of Brewer Pope’s Store. I made it a point to stop by here on a recent trip and to my amazement, the place hasn’t changed a bit in five years. It’s a good thing because this is one of the coolest country stores to be found in South Georgia. I’m not sure when it closed but it was open as late as the 1980s. For many years, this was a public pay fishing area and the store probably served primarily as a convenience for fishermen. When I first posted the photo on Flickr six years ago, an unidentified user wrote: I remember going to this store in the early 1980s when my dad worked on a farm not too far away. Crickets chirping and getting a cold Coca-Cola, out of the coffin cooler, which was sweating in the hot summer heat of south Georgia. Besides the Ichauway Store in Baker County, I can think of no other in South Georgia with a more idyllic setting.

Brewer Popes Store Popes Millpond Brooks County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It served generations of folks who probably appreciated its setting as much as I do. The millpond itself is a natural wonder and well-known landmark of Brooks County.

Popes Millpond Barwick GA Brooks County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Tenant Farmhouse, Barwick

Barwick GA Brooks County Tenant Farmhouse in Cotton Field Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Somehow, these old tenant houses just keep hanging on. This one is a bit unusual (although tenant houses were often built quickly and with what was on hand) in that it has two front doors as would a saddlebag house but has a chimney on one end.

Barwick GA Brooks County Abandoned Tenant Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Shotgun House, Barwick

Barwick GA Brooks County Shotgun House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, Barwick

Historic Harmony Primitive Baptist Churh Barwick GA Brooks County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This historic congregation dates to 1855.

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Snow-Wasden House, Brooks County

Wasden House Brooks County GA Mossy Oaks Farmland Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This house is to me one of the great rural landmarks of South Georgia, due not only to its imposing stature but its pastoral setting behind mossy oaks. I never knew anything about it until recent correspondence (October 2017) with Alysssa McManus, a Florida architectural historian who has been as fascinated by it as I have. It began: I have some juicy info regarding the Wasden House. It would seem that a Mr. Livingston Snow murdered his sister and brother-in-law in that house in 1937. The family had just been discussing the need to put the mentally un-well Livingston into a mental asylum…However, comments from Quitman indicate that this was not the scene of the crime.

Brooks County GA Historic Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The research that follows is the result of Alyssa’s detective work and I’m grateful she shared it with Vanishing South Georgia. The connection is fascinating. Sometimes, the characters you uncover in researching a place like this are more interesting than the place itself.

Wasden House Brooks County GA Endangered Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Tax records indicate it was built circa 1900 by a local dentist, Dr. James S. N. Snow (1840-1905). After the elder Snow’s death, sons Livingston and Russell were the legal charges of their sister Jamie and her husband, attorney Lee Whiting Branch, who inherited this house. Russell became a lawyer. Livingston studied at Emory in Atlanta from 1906-1908 where he was in the Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated from a special 2-year program. Alyssa writes: He was an avid bridge player. In 1910, he lived with the maid. I don’t know if she’d worked for the family. He served in World War I and at some point was involved in the establishment of a canning plant. He was a traveling salesman for Rogers Grocers and Armour Packing. He was listed as a pecan dealer in the 1930 census.

Historic Farmhouse Wasden Strange Brooks County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

On 17 December 1937  Jamie and Lee Branch were murdered by Livingston at 402 North Court Street. At the time of the 1940 census, Snow was institutionalized in Milledgeville. Interestingly, they buried him in his family’s burial plot in Madison (Florida). Alyssa continues: Considering his father was a dentist and brother was a lawyer, who went into practice with the Branch brother-in-law, Livingston must’ve been the black sheep long before the incident. He threw parties and was in the society pages of Asheville frequently. He seemed quite sane to me. His sister visited him in Asheville frequently enough to have her own friends there. Makes me wonder what happened that they determined his was mentally ill. I certainly hope it was not just to hush him up or prevent him from inheriting. I am imagining a Truman Capote type. He never did marry and never was a lady friend mentioned. I’m not assuming…He was best man or usher at several weddings.

Wasden House Brooks County GA Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Thanks to Marian Phillips and Michael Williams for sharing photographs and inspiring me to find this place.

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