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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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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.

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

I know very little about the house except for general background shared by locals who are concerned about its ultimate fate. It was home to the Wasdens and later the Stranges and may have been divided into apartments at one time.

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

It was obviously surrounded by large porches, removed in recent years.

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

It’s located just south of Quitman on private property.

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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