Category Archives: Cochran GA

Cedar Hall, 1910, Cochran

Hillcrest House Cochran GA Bleckley County NRHP Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

John Joseph Taylor (1855-1917) was for many years the leading businessman in Cochran. He started with a general store and later became president of the Cochran Banking Company and a cotton mill; he also built Cochran’s opera house. Taylor, who lived in the house next door, built Hillcrest as a present for his daughter Alice when she married John Augustus Walker on 12 January 1910. Walker was also involved in the Cochran Banking Company and served as Postmaster from 1933-1941. The house remained in the family until 1965. Dr. Virlon Griner, pastor of Cochran First Baptist Church, purchased it in 1970 and began a restoration that returned it to a single family dwelling, which it remains today.

The National Register nomination form calls the house “Hillcrest” but also notes it was known as Cedar Hall. After hearing from one of the Taylor granddaughters, Lady N. Hodges, I’m going with Cedar Hall, since that is what the house was known as for most of its history. Apparently, “Hillcrest” was a later name. She also clarifies other facts about the house, in her comments following the post.

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Neoclassical Revival House, Cochran

Neoclassical Revival House Cherry Street Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Folk Victorian House, Cochran

Folk Victorian House Beech Street Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Like many of the Folk Victorians in the area, this features shingled dormers.

Folk Victorian House Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Eclectic Craftsman House, Cochran

Eclectic House Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This appears to have originally been a textbook Craftsman; I’m assuming the extra shingles and round columns may have been later additions.

Update: As of 2020, this house is no longer standing. It appears to have been lost in a fire.

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Folk Victorian Farmhouse, Cochran

Double Gabled Folk Victorian Farmhouse Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Single-Pen Tenant House, Bleckley County

Cracker Style Vernacular Farmhouse Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Queen Anne Farmhouse, Cochran

Vernacular Farmhouse Porter Road Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This old farmhouse appears to be undergoing renovation. I believe it was originally more Queen Anne in appearance but the present porch configuration hides some of those elements.

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Phillips Farmhouse, Bleckley County

Folk Victorian Farmhouse Porter Road Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is essentially a Georgian cottage with Italianate details. Russell Davidson writes: This is the “home place” of John & Leo Phillips, two of Cochran’s most successful businessmen and lawyers. They have let some of their farm operations take over the house.

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Colonial Plantation, 1895, Cochran

Colonial Plantation Landmark Necolassical Revival Mansion Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is one of the largest homes of its type I’ve found in South Georgia. I hope to learn more of its history.

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Bleckley County Courthouse, 1914, Cochran

Blecklely County Courthouse Cochran GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Celebrating its centennial this year, the Bleckley County Courthouse was designed by the firm of Sayre & Baldwin. Historic markers on the front lawn memorialize well-known local citizens, including this one, dedicated to Sergeant John F. Conner, Sr., a policeman killed in the line of duty.

Bleckley County Courthouse Memorial to Sergeant John F Conner Sr Killed in Line of Duty Policeman Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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