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The Jones Hotel, 1906, Lakeland

The Jones Hotel Lakeland GA Photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

You can’t miss this landmark when you’re in Lakeland. It stands out in a town full of beautiful homes but it’s so lovingly maintained that it doesn’t feel imposing. Traci Jones writes The Victorian portion was built in 1906 and the back part in the mid 30s. My husband’s [Bob Jones] grandparents–featured in a mural on the Oak St. Side–ran it as a boarding house for 40 years., lovingly referred to as The Jones Hotel. In 1989 his parents remodeled and opened a bed and breakfast. We moved in three years ago and had some remodeling done by some local craftsmen. It serves as our residence, with plans in the future to reopen as a B& B.

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Winged-Gable Farmhouse, Lanier County

Lanier County GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These photographs date to 2009 so I’m not sure if this house is still standing.

Lanier County GA Abandoned Farmhouse near Henderson Still Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Log Tobacco Barn, Lanier County

Lanier County GA Henderson Still Abandoned Tobacco Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Bown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I photographed this log barn in 2009. It’s likely gone now.

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Mount Olive Mud Creek Primtive Baptist Church, Lanier County

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Henderson Still GA Lanier County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia 2014 USA 200

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church is one of the oldest and most historic congregations in Lanier County. The church has the traditional appearance of other Hardshell Primitive Baptist meeting houses in Southeast Georgia, except for the white painted walls.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

And like most of the Hardshell Primitives in this section of Georgia, there is no indoor plumbing, hence the fancy “outhouse”.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Lanier County GA Outhouse Privy Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South georgia USA 2010

Mud Creek Cemetery

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many area pioneers and Confederate Veterans are buried in its cemetery.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Lanier County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia SA 2014

Perhaps the most interesting headstone in the cemetery is this one. I’ve seen some unusual headstones in the hundreds of cemeteries I’ve explored over the past decade, but this has to be among the most unique.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Wrench Shaped Headstone Lester Mack Fender Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

In sharp contrast is this unadorned wooden grave marker, one of several that have survived in this sandy burial ground.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Wooden Grave Marker Footprints in the Sand Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Quite a few have common 19th-century themes, such as this dove.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Cemetery Lanier County GA Dove Headstone 19th Century Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

And of course, there are numerous Confederate veterans buried here. This one marks the final resting place of Iron Cross recipient Sergeant William B. Corbett (1835-1863), Company G, 50th Georgia Infantry.

Mount Olive Mud Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Confederate Iron Cross Sergeant William B Corbett Co G 50 Ga Inf Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Conine’s Store, Stockton

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Thanks to Cathee Boswell for the identification. Danise Johnson Watson writes: I grew up right down from Conine’s (on Hwy 84), and can’t tell you how much the memories of that store and the family mean to me! One precious memory was when my daddy would take me down there and sit me up on the old drink case. I’d enjoy my ice cold coke while listening to the men talk! When I was older, I could ride my bike down to pick up whatever my mama needed. In those days Mrs. Ruth granted all the local folks a charge account. Ah, all the goodies I wanted with just a stroke of her pencil! It breaks my heart to see the store as it (barely) stands today. But all I have to do is close my eyes and once again I’m perched on that old drink box, surrounded by people so precious to me!!

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Banks Lake Mill House Mural, Lakeland

lakeland ga mural banks lake millhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

One of dozens of murals situated throughout the city of Lakeland, this one depicts the mill house built around 1848-50 by William Lastinger.

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