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J. D. Williams Store, Jacksonville

J D Williams Store Jacksonville GA Telfair County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Thanks to Julie Dopson-Swackhamer for the identification.

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Boone’s Saloon, Jacksonville

Boone's Saloon Sign Jacksonville GA Telair County Local Landmark Watering Hole Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Boone’s is a legendary local watering hole near the Ocmulgee River at Jacksonville. In its heyday, in an earlier incarnation, it was probably the most popular honky tonk/bar in South Georgia history. It had a raucous reputation that can’t be ignored, but love it or hate it, it’s still a landmark. I think a newer incarnation may be operating today.

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Ocmulgee River at Jacksonville

Ocmulgee River at Jacksonville GA Telfair Coffee County Line Boundary Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This view shows Coffee County on the left and Telfair County on the right.

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a talk about the fiction of Brainard Cheney at the Glennville Public Library. During the 1980s, Stephen Whigham recognized the importance of Cheney’s works set around the Altamaha, Ocmulgee, and Ohoopee Rivers during the late 19th century and has now brought them back into print after decades of obscurity. Lightwood, River Rogue, This is Adam, and Devil’s Elbow recall the lore of the river and the river people long gone from the landscape.

Brainard Cheney was born in Fitzgerald in 1900 and moved to Lumber City by the time he was six years old. Upon the death of his father at age eight, he and his sisters were raised by their mother. He attended the Citadel during his teen years and later, at Vanderbilt was a student of John Crowe Ransom and a roommate of Robert Penn Warren. Ransom and Penn Warren were the best-known members of the Fugitives. From 1925-1942 he worked for the Nashville Banner. (Other contemporaries were Andrew Nelson Lytle, Caroline Gordon, and Allen Tate).He and his wife Frances, herself the author of a widely-used textbook of library science, converted to Catholicism in the 1950s and became close friends of Flannery O’Connor’s. From 1952-1958, Cheney was public relations director for Tennessee Governor Frank Clement. He died in 1990 at the age of 89.

If you’re interested in the history of these rivers or the folklife of the region, I think you’d enjoy these reprints, and Stephen Whigham’s accompanying work, The Lightwood Chronicles: Being the True Story of Brainard Cheney’s Novel Lightwood. I really can’t say enough good things about how lucky we are to have renewed access to these works and the dedication of someone who believes in the literature of his region. It’s not just fiction, it’s the culture of a people nearly as gone as the Creek and the Cherokee…

Lightwood by Brainard Cheney Reprint by Stephen Whigham MM John Welda Book House

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Jacksonville, Georgia

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Boone’s Grocery, Jacksonville

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It might not look like a landmark, but Boone’s Grocery is the only store in tiny Jacksonville, and its parking lot is usually full. They sell fried chicken and other lunch items, along with hunting and fishing supplies and anything else you might need around here.

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Ocmulgee River at Jacksonville

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The landing here at the Jacksonville Bridge has been recently closed. I made these shots when the river was exceptionally low, so much so that the wood pilings from the old bridge are visible.

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R. E. Clark, Jacksonville

jacksonville ga r e clark store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

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