Category Archives: Leary GA

Vernacular House, Leary

While reviewing images for a manuscript, I came across this house in Leary and realized I’d never posted it before. The reason I’m posting it now is because on a recent trip I noticed it had been torn down. It was a large house, across from the Jordan houses.

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Shotgun Houses, Leary

I found several shotgun houses in Leary. I’ve always liked them and find them increasingly difficult to locate in authentic condition. The tiny house and sustainable architecture movements have been responsible for new versions popping up all over the place, but the originals have a character all their own.

Even with such a simple style there’s variation and that’s what I like about the Leary examples.

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Main Street, Leary

Leary GA Main Street Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Sadly, Leary’s small commercial core on Main Street is greatly endangered. The only building that appears to be in really good condition is the Masonic Lodge (brick building with arched windows).

As of late 2016, I understand the building on the left has been razed. Bob Kemerait shared this photo.

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Jordan Hardware, Leary

Leary GA Calhoun County Hardware Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The Mission Revival style saw its greatest popularity between 1890-1915. Once relatively popular in South Georgia, few examples survive in good condition. I don’t know if this was always a hardware store; the Ace sign likely dates to the 1970s, indicating it was open until at least that time.

Leary GA Calhoun County Jordan Ace Hardware Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I believe this was razed in late 2016.

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Coca-Cola Mural, Leary

Leary GA Calhoun County Coca Cola Ghost Mural Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Though it’s barely discernible, this old Coca-Cola mural, like many others around Georgia, can still be made out if you look closely enough. The building it once brightly adorned was likely a general store.

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Sheppard Oil Company, Leary

Leary GA Calhoun County Abandoned Service Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

These old 32-ounce soda bottles were in the window.

Leary GA Calhoun County Coke Pepsi 7Up Pint Bottles Gas Station Window Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Jordan Houses, Leary

Leary GA Calhoun County Jordan Houses Water Tower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Viewed in perspective, these are the Jordan houses seen in the previous two posts.

Leary GA Calhoun County Jordan Houses Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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