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Vernacular Farmhouse, Jenkins County

Jenkins County GA Highway 23 Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is located just outside Millen on Highway 23. It looks like the house was likely a tenant dwelling expanded at some point. An addition on the left is visible.

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Parker-Landrum House, 1894, Millen

Millen GA Italianate House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is the Parker-Landrum home built in 1893-94 by Hardy Ward Parker (m. Sarah Cornelia Edenfield) as he desired his family closer to the schools so his oldest daughter could be educated but not ride in by horse or buggy from the home where they resided (still standing near the Jenkins/Screven Co line, but no longer in the family). Though the house may currently have a somewhat Italianate presence, it was indeed not designed that way originally. It was built by John Miles Edenfield and originally was a Victorian home in mirror vision to the home at the corner of College Avenue and Masonic Street in Millen which he also designed. The house has had multiple changes and additions through the years. Rebie Parker Larsen Landrum was one of the daughters of Hardy W. and S. Cornelia Parker. She and her husband, Crawford Burgess Landrum cared for the Parkers and inherited the home. Their son, John William (Bill) Landrum, II and his wife Jackie Burton Landrum cared for the C.B. Landrums and inherited the home. It is now currently owned by Bill and Jackie’s daughters.

 

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Car Wash, Millen

Millen GA Screven County Car Wash Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Historic Carswell Grove Baptist Church Lost to Arson

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I’m sad to report that Carswell Grove Baptist Church, the centerpiece of one of Georgia’s most historic African-American congregations, was lost to arson on Sunday, 16 November 2014. I can only wonder what motivates such actions but since Carswell Grove has rebuilt in the past, I believe it will overcome this senseless tragedy. Deacon Palmer Lewis has been overseeing a renovation of this property for several years and is still hopeful for its future.

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Hunting Cabin, Scarboro

Abandoned Hunting Cabin Oak Hill Church Road Scarboro GA Jenkins County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This was probably an old farmhouse at one time but appears to have served more recently as a hunting cabin.

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Central of Georgia Railway Section House, Scarboro

Antebellum Plantation House Scarboro GA Jenkins County Woods Family Image Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’m unsure as to the date of this structure, but I believe it’s late 19th-century. Rick Becton writes: My father told me this was the Section House for the Central of Ga Railway. My great-grandfather was a Section Foreman and this was his company owned house-so I was told. My grandfather, M. Ross Becton, was supposedly born in this house. Clayton Rhodes also notes: My grandmother, Bessie Parker Clayton, lived in this house for a few years around 1950. We called it the old conductor’s house which implied a connection to the railroad…

Antebellum Plantation House Scarboro GA Woods Family Image Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Birdsville Plantation, Circa 1789, Jenkins County

Birdsville Plantation Jenkins County GA Antebellum Landmark Royal Land Grant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Birdsville Plantation has been owned by the Jones family since the mid-1700s and is one of just a few well-documented 18th-century residential structures still standing in the interior of Georgia. Modifications giving the house its present appearance  were made circa 1847. Somehow, it was miraculously spared by Sherman on his March to the Sea. Mary F. Andrew clarifies the history: For the record*, this was not the home of Francis Jones. F Jones settled south of Rocky Ford. His son, Philip, most likely built the older part. He acquired the land in 1785 for his services in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1789. His son, Henry Philip Jones, is responsible for the front addition seen in the picture. See Bell-Parker above. I have researched it as thoroughly as I can and know this to be accurate. HPJones’ youngest son, Wm B Jones, lived there during the Civil War. The twins were his. Gen. Sherman stayed briefly at the magnificent home of his brother, Jos. Bertram Jones, near Herndon. Unfortunately, JBJones’ home, which was visited by many important people of the day (latter half of the 19th century) and the site of much social activity, burned in the early 1900’s.

*I was initially of the impression that this was first the home of Francis Jones. I’m grateful for Mary F. Andrew’s research and for her sharing it here.

Birdsville Plantation GA Commissary Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This is the old Birdsville commissary, which served the plantation for many years. I would guess that it served as a schoolhouse or chapel at one time.

The entire plantation and all structures located thereon are on private property. I’m grateful to have been given permission to photograph and greatly enjoyed my brief visit there.

Bill Hozey recently wrote: I lived in the newer house just down the lane from the main house as a child. I have spent many a day in the Franklin house and with the family. I remember vividly the human skull in the basement and was told by the Franklins about Sherman sparing the house due to the death of the twins. Mrs. Grizzard lived in the old Post Office during this time. She was the piano teacher at the private school, Buckhead Academy.
Wonderful memories of Birdsville.

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