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Scotland, Georgia

Historic Scotland GA Telfair County Main Street Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Main Street in Scotland features buildings from various time periods. I found it quite unusual that city hall (beige building, left) is located next door to a liquor store (red building, center). Scotland is a neat little town, out of the way for most travelers but worth a look. Settled after the Civil War by Scotch Presbyterians, Scotland was first known as McVille, for the ancestry of most of the first residents. The name was changed at the request of the railroad to avoid confusion with nearby McRae. Though he left as a young man and entered service in World War I, my maternal great-grandfather, Burt Herman Browning, was born here in 1892.

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L. C. Moon’s Grocery, Scotland

Scotland GA Telfair County Smiths Grocery Gas Oil Tin Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Sherry Kiltz writes that this was originally L.C. Moon’s Grocery and that his family also owned the red building next door  (package store).  Mr.L.C. was also the mayor of Scotland for years.

Scotland GA Telfair County Smiths Grocery Tin Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Corrugated tin buildings of this style were once widely used as stores in small towns throughout Georgia, as I’ve found in my travels, but the ones that survive are often resigned to storage use today. It was later known as Smith’s Grocery and Granny’s Restaurant.

Historic Scotland GA Telfair County Smiths Grocery Grannys Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Historic Storefront, Scotland

Scotland GA Telfair County Historic Storefront Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I first though this might have been a bank, but the placement of the front windows, if original, would suggest it was a store or office.

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Cotton Gin, Scotland

Scotland GA Telfair County Abandoned Cotton Gin Mill Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This small gin is a remnant of a time when Scotland was the chief cotton market in the area.

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Eclectic Vernacular House, Scotland

Scotland GA Telfair County Eclectic House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The style of this house is vernacular, but that’s where a simple definition ends for me. It’s one of the most unique houses I can think of in South Georgia. The hand-scalloped enclosed-arch porch posts hint at a Spanish Eclectic and Mediterranean/Italian influence, but might better be described as eccentric.

Scotland GA Telfair County Eclectic House Scalloped Stuccoed Arch Posts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Gabled Hip Roof Houses, Scotland

Scotland GA Telfair County Hip Roof Vernacular House Half Wraparound Screened Porch Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The houses pictured here are located across 2nd Avenue from each other. Besides the porches, there’s very little difference in the two and it’s possible they were constructed by the same builder.

Scotland GA Telfair County Hip Roof House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Scotland GA Telfair County Hip Roof House Cedar Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Abandoned Bank & U.S. Post Office, Scotland

scotland ga bank post office photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Carolyn Wilson wrote that this structure was torn down in 2012. It’s really a shame as it was  one of the best reminders of Scotland’s earlier boom times. Ron Monroe is leading an effort to produce a replica of the structure for the local museum. You can contact him at (229) 362-4664. You can also contact him at gailmonroe2000ATyahooDOTcom.

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