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Dismuke & Willis Sanitarium, 1914, Ocilla

Ocilla’s first hospital, with 20 beds, was opened by Dr. Herman Dismuke* and Dr. Gabe Willis in 1914. It originally featured wrap-around porches. Jamie Wilcox Lovett and Cindy Griffin note that this was built by their great-grandfather, Robert Toombs Woolsey. It was replaced by a newer facility in the early 1930s and is now a private residence.

*Dr. Dismuke was the most beloved physician in Irwin County during his lifetime. He delivered thousands of babies, promoted modern health and sanitary practices through his work with the clinic at Irwinville Farms during the Great Depression and served as the county doctor.

 

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Ross House, Ocilla

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Hay Barn, Irwin County

This was photographed in 2001 and razed by 2010.

 

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Craftsman Farmhouse, Irwin County

This large Craftsman farmhouse and row of barns on Peach Road were obviously the center of a busy farm at one time. I made these photographs in 2001 and the structures were all gone by 2010-12.

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Deberry Tobacco Barn, Irwin County

This film photograph, from 2002, is an earlier view of the barn near Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church, seen here. It was the first tobacco barn I was able to document over a long period of time. Nancy Harper Redman writes: Hoke Deberry owned this property, which includes the spring from which the church gets its name…My Dad (the late Marcus F. Roberts of Berrien County) was related to some of the Deberrys. He played in that spring and woods when he was a small boy.

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Hay Barn, Irwin County

This barn was located on Highway 32, a few miles from the Coffee County line. I made this photograph in 2002 and am not sure if it’s still standing.

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Board-and-Batten Tenant Farmhouse, Irwin County

This film photograph was made in 2001. This structure was demolished by 2013.

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