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Abandoned Farmhouse, Bryan County

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

This is located near Beautiful Zion Cemetery.

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Obelisk Flour Mural, Pembroke

Ballard's Obelisk Flour Ghost Mural Pembroke GA Bryan County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This mural was uncovered in 2011 when the City of Pembroke was working on revitalizing its downtown area. A new mural was planned for this wall, but when workers uncovered this one, it was decided that it was an important asset to the history of the community and was left intact. It was a great save on Pembroke’s part, as I’ve seen several historic murals painted over in towns all over South Georgia in the past few years. There’s a similar mural in Ochlocknee, though its condition is not as good:

https://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2010/02/10/obelisk-flour-ghost-sign-ochlocknee/

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Fishing Tackle, Pembroke

Pembroke GA Hardware Store Bryan County Fishing Tackle Window Sign Americana Dalmatian Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This great window sign and display is located at Pembroke Hardware.

 

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Black Creek, Bryan County

Black Creek GA High Water After Spring Summer Floods US Highway 280 Bridge Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Black Creek, the church’s namesake, is swollen way beyond its normal course after heavy rains in spring and early summer. Here, the U. S. Highway 280 bridge passes over, just down from the church.

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Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 1859, Bryan County

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Constituted in 1839, Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist is one of the most historic churches in Bryan County. The present church was rebuilt after a fire in 1859. As of 2011, the congregation had dwindled to just two members, Deacon Gene Bryant and Thelma Kangeter. Deacon Bryant, with the assistance of Chip Killingsworth of Brewton-Parker College, is attempting to have a historical marker placed at the church and organizes a reunion for member families each year.Mrs. Kangeter’s son, Benny, was leading an effort to ensure the church remain in use for reunions, weddings, and funerals and the inside is well-maintained and restored, as well. The exterior remains in relatively good shape.

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It’s so nice to see a church with such a history be preserved in a meaningful way. The unpainted pine finishings of the interior add to the primitive appearance of Lower Black Creek.

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Copies of the “songbook” Primitive Hymns and funeral home fans sit at the ready on every pew, awaiting congregants and reminding one of what a busy place this once was.

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The cemetery, among the largest in the area, indicates that the membership here was once very large, and it’s my hope that efforts to have a historic marker placed will be successful. It would be a shame to see a place so important to so many simply be forgotten. (Note- The bulk of my photographs of the cemetery were recently lost to a digital glitch and I will be replacing them soon).

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Ed Nolan writes: My GGG Grandmother and Grandfather are buried here. According to my Grandmother their house was the old one on the left, on the curve towards Hendrix Park up the road from the church/cemetery. Assuming that’s still there…..haven’t been around there in some years.Story was that when Sherman’s men came thru, Grandmother Lavinia Geiger welcomed them into her home (after stashing Grandfather and the children out in the woods somewhere.
Giving the soldiers food, etc…..they went on their way without burning their houses, etc.

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Black Creek Elementary School, Bryan County

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When built, this was known as Black Creek Consolidated School, but is best known as Black Creek Elementary School. It was recently restored and is now home to the Bryan County Board of Education.

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Shuman’s, Ellabell

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