Category Archives: Jakin GA

Jane Donalson Harrell House, Circa 1855, Early County

early county ga jane donalson harrell house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

There are many significant aspects to this house, not least of which is its original ownership by a woman, independent of her husband’s assets. It’s a wonderful example of a Plantation Plain converted to the vernacular Greek Revival. In consideration of resources available to me, there is some confusion as to the date of construction. While a sign on the property dates the house to 1840 and names it Echodell, the National Register nomination form (which was written over 30 years ago; new information have come from subsequent research), the property wasn’t even purchased until 1842, by Jane Donalson Harrell’s brother, Ruben Donalson. The majority of the property was later secured by his brother but four acres on the southwest section were set aside for his sister, Jane, in 1855. She and her husband, Dempsey Harrell, operated a cotton plantation here. Jane’s marriage contract stipulated that she would retain ownership of this property, a relatively uncommon arrangement in antebellum Georgia.

early county ga jane donalson harrell house echodell photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Around 1870 the house was inherited by a daughter’s husband, Dr. Augustus D. Shewmake. Dr. Shewmake kept a medical office and infirmary in a wing he added to the house (since removed). Also significant, he hired a governess to teach both black and white children on the plantation. This was relatively uncommon in the years following the Civil War. I hope to clarify the history as this is one of the nicest antebellum homes in this section of Georgia.

National Register of Historic Places

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Storage Barn & Pump House, Jakin

jakin ga barns photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

I’m only guessing as to the identity of these structures.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Unidentified Commercial Building, Jakin

jakin ga general store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

My guess is that this served as a commissary or general store but it could have been a feed warehouse or something agricultural.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Mosely Building, Circa 1910, Jakin

jakin ga mosely building photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

The right side of this building served as the Mosely Drug Company from 1910-1927. I presume the remainder was a general store, judging by the sign.

jakin ga o h mosely sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

 

1 Comment

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Jakin Library & Museum

jakin ga llibrary museum photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This was likely a general store at one time.

1 Comment

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Filling Station, Jakin

jakin ga filling station photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

4 Comments

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Bank of Jakin, 1912

bank of jakin ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This served as Jakin’s only bank when nearly 2000 people called the area home during the lumber boom of the early 20th century. The charter for the bank was granted to Elisha Hilton. From 1923 to 1988, it served as the post office and today is in use as the city hall.

National Register of Historic Places

1 Comment

Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA