This six-gabled farmhouse (one is on the other side) was the home of Melvin and Martha Browning Purvis. It is an amazing example of Folk Victorian construction and is maintained as an art studio today. Thanks to Marsheila Bush Rhodes for the identification.
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An original single-pen [one-room] log farmhouse is evident within the frame of what was apparently a slightly larger structure.
It’s truly an amazing survivor, likely dating to the late 19th century.
As the roofline and fireplace/chimney indicate, the expansion of the house was done relatively early in its history.
This view from the rear gives a better idea of the footprint of the original structure.
I’m very interested in learning more about this church, near Rentz, as I have Browning relatives from this area.
As was common tradition at one time, the church is named for a Browning family who gave the land, but that is about all I know.
The Wesleyan Methodists were a splinter from the Methodist Episcopal Church of the era.
I believe the church was built between 1910-1930.
The building has been compromised by termites and weather and is therefore very endangered.
Thanks to Stephanie Miller for making me aware of this beautiful old church.
This is an iconic house type in rural Georgia, sometimes referred to as Cracker Style.
It has that association as it was often the typical housing of white sharecroppers and small farmers, but it’s actually just a single-pen (one-room) house.
This example, like many I’ve encountered, has a preacher’s room on the front, which in the case of most of these utilitarian structures didn’t house a preacher but rather accommodated the needs of a growing family. It also has a shed room at the back. So, the traditional single-pen often grew as the family grew…from one room to three, in this case.
The term American Small House has been assigned in recent years to a type of structure that proliferated from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s. A movement began during the Depression, dictated by changing economic realities, to promote the construction of small homes, often prefabricated, to make home ownership more broadly available to the masses. Previous terms for this type included Depression Cottage, Victory Cottage, and FHA House. This abandoned example well illustrates the general layout of the American Small House.