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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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Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 1859

Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark 1859 Interior Pulpit Bryan County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Founded in 1839 and rebuilt after a fire in 1859, Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church was down to just two members a few years ago. According to an article (date unknown) by Jeff Whitten, editor of the Bryan County News, Deacon Gene Bryant and Thelma Kangeter were attending regularly then, along with a few others. 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.  Benny Kangeter was attempting at the time to have the church listed as a historic site, and was working with Chip Killingsworth of Brewton-Parker College on that effort.

Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark 1859 Interior Pews Pulpit Remodeled Bryan County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark 1859 Interior Pews Bryan County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

It’s so nice to see a church with such a history be preserved in a meaningful way. 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. The size of the cemetery, as illustrated in the next post, 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.

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Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark 1859 Bryan County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

https://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2011/10/07/lower-black-creek-primitive-baptist-church/

https://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/2011/10/07/lower-black-creek-primitive-baptist-church-2/

Bryan County GA Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark Vernacular Architecture 1859 Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

Lower Black Creek Baptist Church Antebellum Landmark 1859 Pioneer Cemetery Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This is among the largest cemeteries in the area and in it lie many pioneers of Bryan County and early Georgia. I didn’t have time to photograph much, as rain was intermittent, but I intend to return sometime in the future.

Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Headstones Bryan County Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013________________________________________________________

This beautiful sculpture was my favorite.

It adorns the gravesite of Minnie Lee Cox (4 October 1895 – 13 August 1917)

Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Headstone Sculpture Weeping Maiden Mourning Minnie Lee Cox Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013___________________________________________________

Hands pointing to Heaven are always popular in cemeteries with a lot of Victorian headstones, as symbolism around death was highly stylized during the period. Here are a couple of nice examples I found:

Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Headstone Hand Pointing To Heaven Laura Brannen Bryan County Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Laura Brannen (27 – February 1874 – 17 June 1883)

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Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Headstone Hand Pointing To Heaven Georgia Blitch Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Blitch, Wife of John G. Blitch

(11 February 1830 –  28 July 1867)

Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Headstone Hand Pointing To Heaven Georgia Blitch Bryan County Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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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

Constituted in 1839 and part of the Lotts Creek Association, Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist is one of the most historic churches in Bryan County. The congregation has dwindled to just two members. Deacon Gene Bryant is attempting to get a historical marker for the church and he organizes a reunion of member families each year. The cemetery at Lower Black Creek is one of the largest I’ve seen in quite some time.

http://savannahnow.com/bryan-county-now/2010-05-19/black-creek-primitive-baptist-homecoming#.To8y8nIg-f0

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