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Rio Piedra Plantation, Mitchell County

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This sign marks an entrance, at Turkey Road, to Rio Piedra Plantation. This area of southwest Georgia is nationally known for its Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) populations and the hunting lodges which cater to the sport.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is a relatively well-preserved example of one of Georgia’s most iconic rural architectural styles.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Interior Fire Place Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’m really impressed that the plantation has chosen to save it, at least for now.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Wooden Window Shutters Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

There is a large field of gigantic chert rocks on the plantation. I’m not quite sure why they’re here.

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Janet Peek McGill writes: The rock in this picture looks like fossiliferous chert. It is really a very ugly rock on the outside…..all crusted over with crumbly white yuk with often, many fossils though. (which helps with dating the geology of the land and aboriginal peoples) On the inside is a beautiful rock, with chalcedony, vugs, druzy, sometimes hyalite opal, bands of agate and or jasper. It is stunning when faceted and polished. Native Americans frequently used this for knapping for their tools and in the Lee, Dougherty, Baker, Early, Mitchell county area, you often find native American lithic scatter along and near the outcrops of this type of rock.

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Hopeful, Georgia

Hopeful GA General Store Mitchell County Americana Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Hopeful General Store is still the center of the community and remains a busy local landmark.

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Hopeful Gymnasium

Hopeful GA Old School House Auditorium Mitchell County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to William Harrell for the identification. He notes that the old school has long been torn down.

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Flint River at Vada Boat Landing

Flint River at Vada Boat Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

From the high bluffs at the Vada Boat Landing, the views of the Flint River are breathtaking. It’s a great place to take in the real grandeur of one of Georgia’s most beautiful waterways.

Flint River Recreation Ski Boat at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Fishing, recreational boating and water skiing are popular pastimes here.

Flint River Water Skier Skiing at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Tenant Farmhouse, Mitchell County

Mitchell County GA Tenant Farmhouse Overgrown Abandoned Rural South Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Tobacco Barn, Mitchell County

Tobacco Barn and Ancient Oaks Branchville Road Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’ve photographed this barn on three occasions in the past five years and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. Its setting in these ancient oaks makes it as popular with locals as it is with photographers.

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Butler-McDonald House, Mitchell County

Mitchell County GA American Foursquare House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Timothy O. Davis writes: When I was in first grade (1961) this was the home of my teacher, Mrs. Eloise McDonald. It was a family home (Butler) and in prior years two brothers had built homes which were very similar in design, several miles apart. This one is located on the Bainbridge Highway, the other is located at the edge of Camilla, off the Old Pelham-Camilla Road. It is off the road, on the farm and not visible from the road.

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