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Blitch-Lane House, 1875, Bulloch County

In From Wiregrass to Sawgrass: The Blitch Family in the Southeast, Diana Voncelle Goolsby Hunnicutt notes that this land was originally owned by pioneer settler James Young. It passed to his son, Major Thomas Jones Young, whose widow, Laura M. Williams  Young, later married John Gideon Blitch. Blitch built the landmark house in 1875. He died just a year later, in 1876, and his brother, William Homer Blitch, Sr., became guardian of the couple’s children. William’s family sold it to Ebenezer  (Eb) Starnes Lane in 1905.

Thanks to Kenneth Dixon for sharing the history. Thanks also to Shahn-Ryan Schumacher for bringing it to my attention. The house and grounds are beautifully maintained. It is a private residence.

 

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Meat Packing House, 1917, Statesboro

Known simply as the “Packinghouse”, the Bulloch Packing Company facility that opened here in 1917 was only in business for three years before a fire took out the boiler room on an upper floor in 1920. It’s considered one of Statesboro’s most ‘haunted’ places, but  all of the lore is based on complete fiction. Brooks Simmons, who inherited the Bank of Statesboro from his father, was the president and a chief investor in the business. He lost his investment with the fire but more importantly, during the Crash of 1929, the Bank of Statesboro failed and Simmons lost what remained of his fortune. He committed suicide in 1931, and over time that somehow morphed into the legend that he killed his employees and then himself. But the stories persisted and the structure became a favorite with ghost hunters, urbexers, and squatters alike. In 2015, former Georgia Southern student Scott Taylor bought the packinghouse with the intention of rehabilitating it for use as apartments. It’s actually much more structurally sound than it appears and hopefully, it will soon hav

 

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Lanier-Franklin-Deal House, Bulloch County

This Plantation Plain farmhouse, with Folk Victorian details, is part of Jeff Deal Farms. It was built by Lem Lanier. It was later owned by Joe Franklin and Emory Deal and family. Thanks to Kenneth Dixon for the history.

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Craftsman Farmhouse, Bulloch County

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Rushing Barn, Bulloch County

This hay and stock barn, owned by the John Rushing family, is a twin to the famous Coleman Barn (Big Barn) located about 35 miles away in Candler County. I haven’t been able to determine anything about the builder of either, but he should be known for his wonderful work. The Coleman barn and this example are among the two nicest early-20th-century barns in South Georgia. They are landmarks in their own right.

Thanks to James Lanier for background and Kenneth Dixon for location information.

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Folk Victorian House, 1903, Brooklet

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Nesmith House, 1920, Nevils

This eclectic Craftsman features spacious porches on both floors. It’s one of the most impressive houses in town. Jimmie Lou Smith writes: My grandfather, John Servant NeSmith had this house built when he moved his family to Nevils. His former residence was the colonial house located on Hwy. 46 and J. S. NeSmith road in Bulloch County. He also built the right portion of the two-story brick building (located in the middle of Nevils) and another two-story house next door to his home for a doctor to move there. Dr. Stapleton, who later moved to Statesboro, lived in that house for a period of time. It was torn down. It saddened me to see them destroy it for it was an impressive house. After my grandfather died my family moved to the above house to take care of my grandmother and bought the house at her death. I have very fond memories growing up in that house. It was very hard for me to sell it.

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