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Allen Jones House, 1885, Candler County

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This appears to have originally been built as an unusually small Plantation Plain-style farmhouse with the wings likely added as the family grew. The orientation of the house has also been changed, as well, with the entryways now located on what would have originally been the sides.

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Across the highway on the farm is this unusual barn, which I initially thought was a smokehouse. But as Edwin King pointed out, smokehouses didn’t have chimneys. I’m not sure if it was originally a smokehouse, with the chimney added later, or if it had some other function. I just can’t place it.

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Canoe-Hagan School, 1932, Candler County

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Located between Metter and Twin City is a Rosenwald school known as the Canoe-Hagan School. Rosenwald Schools were built through the efforts of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington and thousands of volunteers all over the South. Their purpose was to provide industrial education to rural blacks at a time when Southern states were barely providing them school buildings, let alone a proper education.

Thanks to James Palmer for pointing out the Rosenwald connection, and for the identification.

UPDATE: Sadly, this landmark burned to the ground on 16 June 2017.

 

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Single-Pen House, Candler County

Candler County GA Southern Vernacular Architecture Cat in Yard Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

In this beautiful Southern yard, of the nearly forgotten but not-so-distant past, I always see a happy, well-fed cat. The house seems to be begging to have its picture made. A very authentic place it is. In a different version of this photograph that I posted on my personal Facebook page, I called the image “Southern History” because I think in this yard is as much Southern history as you’ll find in any museum. These are the places from which I learn the most.

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Tenant Farmhouse, Candler County

Candler County GA Abandoned Tenant Farm House Cracker Style Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is located near Pulaski. LaDonna McCollum writes: My grams [born in 1935] was named Kathryn Baldwin Mainer. She was one of 7 children who lived there [the house seen here] and she spent her whole life in Candler County moving from picking crops to cleaning homes and then working in nursing homes and private sitting. She raised 13 children alone. When my mom was growing up there were about 10 of them in the house at that time and for most of her life they lived in a block tenant house on Rocker Plantation on Salem Church Rd. Mom and her siblings worked in the ‘bacca there when she was growing up. She doesn’t miss that at all! The tenant is still there, the residents have made some improvements over the past couple years, added plumbing, painted, did a great deal of remodeling. The old Rocker house is gone, well part of it, they used part of it for the house which is there now. My Grams was a great lady, a strong, persevering lady! Gone too soon. She along with many of my family members are buried in St. Matthews Church Cemetery.

Candler County GA Abandoned Cracker Style Vernacular Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Vernacular Farmhouse, Candler County

Candler County GA Vernacular Farmhouse Near Pulaski Goldenroad Autumn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Sanders House, Pulaski

Pulaski GA Candler County Folk Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Fay Stapleton Burnett writes: Home of the late Mildred Sanders, a friend of my Mother, Sue Nell Jones Stapleton. I remember visiting this house many times as a child growing up on Rosemary Church Road……

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Coleman Barns, Candler County

Candler County GA Jim Colemans Big Barn Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I first came to know of this iconic barn from another photographer in the area and was absolutely amazed when I was finally able to photograph it a few years ago. It’s a massive structure and its architectural features, such as wooden-shingle dormers and trellis vents and doors, make it among the most interesting I’ve ever encountered in South Georgia.

Candler County GA Jim Colemans Barn Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Last July, Anna Williams shared this history of the barn: My husband (Ben Williams, owner of the Heritage Barber Shop in Metter) is the great-grandson of the man who built the barn. It was the Coleman Farm before the Rushtons purchased it. Jim Coleman was the original owner and he was the one who built it. My husband, his brothers and many cousin’s played their when they were young. That was many years ago; he is now 77. This is better known today as the R. L. Rushton farm.

Jim Colemans Big Barn Candler County GA Rushton Farm Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It’s hard to do justice to this barn in photographs. It’s massive, but beyond that, its architecture and the attention Jim Coleman paid to the details take it a step above most any of its contemporaries in South Georgia. The old cedar tree adds a lot to the landscape.

Candler County GA Big Barn Road Jim Coleman Rushton Farm Cedar Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Robin Robbins & Vicky Prince both let me know that this barn had been used in the opening sequence of the 1974 movie Buster and Billie. The barn appears at 2:20.

There’s also an eclectic three-vehicle garage on the site.

Candler County GA Big Barn Road Eclectic Triple Garage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It was likely built at the same time as the barn, as the architecture is consistent.

Candler County GA Jim Coleman Triple Garage Barn Eclectic Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

 

 

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