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Eclectic Gabled-Ell House, Oliver

oliver ga eclectic house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

I believe the rear section of this house is a Plantation Plain, to which additions were made over time.

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Relocation of the Paradise Restaurant Sign, Cooperville

Paradise Restaurant Sign US 301 Cooperville GA Removal Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Like many other photographers and travelers on US 301, I’ve shot the iconic Paradise Restaurant sign numerous times over the years. It’s a landmark that most who have ever driven past remember. By researching postcards of the restaurant I’ve discovered that a smaller sign preceded this one and was still in use until at least the early 1960s. I’m not sure when this sign was placed, but my guess would be sometime in the 1960s. A comment from Jerry Levy on a previous post about the sign indicates that the restaurant was open as late as 1982.

Paradise Restaurant Sign US 301 Cooperville GA Removal to New Location Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I recently got a message from Melissa Birmingham stating that the sign would be removed and relocated to the business that she and her husband Greg operate across the highway, the Cooperville Caboose restaurant. I was sad to hear that it would be removed but less so after talking to Melissa. She invited me to come up and document the removal of the sign.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Removal Cooperville GA Photgraph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Dollar General bought the property on the corner that includes the historic sign and their plans were to scrap it. Melissa and Greg knew that the loss of the sign would be a blow to the community and saving it isn’t a publicity stunt. It’s where preservation and community involvement come together for good results.  The Sylvania Telephone (newspaper) and Screven County Chamber of Commerce were present to witness the event.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Across the Highway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Greg made getting the sign across US 301 look easy.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Relocation Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

It made its way through the trees behind the post office.

Greg Melissa Birmingham Saving the Cooperville GA Paradise Restaurant Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Melissa & Greg took a break and posed for a photo.

Bringing the Paradise Restaurant Sign Through Fuel America Parking Lot Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

One of my favorite shots was seeing it pass through the parking lot of Fuel America.

Paradise Restaurant Sign at New Location Cooperville Caboose Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This is where it will rest until it’s refurbished and raised at the Birmingham’s business, Cooperville Caboose.

Securing the Paradise Restaurant Sign at Cooperville Caboose Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The sign is hollow and rusty so lowering it was a bit tricky.

Lowering the Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

With help from volunteers and well-wishers, the move was successful.

Inspecting the Spinning Top of the Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The spinning star that tops the sign actually turns.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Moving Volunteers Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

It looks like the volunteers enjoyed the day, as did I. Melissa sent me packing with great barbecue and slaw. Please stop by and say hello the next time you’re passing through. Check out their Facebook page for hours, menus, and progress on the sign’s restoration.  https://www.facebook.com/Cooperville-Caboose-871869876254111/?fref=ts

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Paradise Restaurant & Sign, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Log Tenant House, Screven County

Screven County GA Abandoned Log House Ruins Rural Decay Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This amazing survivor is located just outside Sylvania on US 301.

Screven County GA Abandoned Log House Ruins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

 

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Pyramidal Roof Tenant Farmhouse, Screven County

Screven County GA Abandoned Pyramidal Roof Tenant Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This was once a common style but very few survive today. It’s located just outside Sylvania on US 301.

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Board-and-Batten House, Screven County

Screven County GA Pine Grove Inn Road Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

 

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Oak Grove Methodist Church, 1919, Screven County

Oak Grove Methodist Church Screven County GA Dirt Road Cemetery Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Oak Grove stands at the end of a lonely dirt road in rural Screven County, not far from the Savannah River and the South Carolina state line. It’s as perfect a setting for such a place as one could imagine.

Historic Oak Grove Methodist Church Endangered African American Landmark Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Established in the first generation after slavery, the congregation dates to 1876. The first church built here is now lost to history, but was likely of crude construction.

Historic Oak Grove Methodist Church Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The present structure, which is critically endangered and beyond saving, was built in 1919. It was likely in use until the 1970s. The congregation survives at another location today.

Oak Grove Methodist Church Screven County GA Interior York Player Piano Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Nothing remains inside the church but the ruins of a York Player Piano. I would advise strongly against entering due to the instability of the structure.

Oak Grove Methodist Church View Out the Front Portico Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

 

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Fishing Camp, Ogeechee River

Ogeechee River Fishing Cabin Screven County GA photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This private fishing camp is one of a few that still remain on the Ogeechee River.

Ogeechee River Fishing Cabing Jones Lane Fishing Camp Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I hope these sorts of places survive well into the future, but with increasing pollution on our rivers, it seems a challenge. Just downstream from this camp, illegal chemical discharges at King America Finishing led to the largest fish kill in Georgia history in May 2011. And we can never forget that the agency charged with preventing these sorts of things, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, essentially colluded with the polluter in allowing permits that should never have been issued and furthermore waiving fines after this ecological disaster occurred.

Ogeechee River at Old Ogeechee Road Looking Toward King America Finishing Plant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Abandoned Wooden Bridge, Screven County

Old Ogeechee Road Screven County GA Abandoned Wooden Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Near the ghost town of Ogeechee on the Ogeechee River this wooden bridge still stands alongside a newer bridge, built in 1970. I imagine it was a scary trip on the Old Ogeechee Road back in the day, especially during flood stage.

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Trinity Church, Screven County

Hiltonia Area Screven County GA Abandoned Church Being Dismantled Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is located just west of Hiltonia. It appears the lumber is being salvaged.

Abandoned Church Near Hiltonia Screven County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The front gable features shingles at the corners.

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The interior, which must have been a lovely space at one time, is merely a shell of its former self today.

Screven County GA Hiltonia Area Abandoned Country Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The pulpit is the only feature that still resembles a church.

Screven County GA Abandoned Church Interior Near Hiltonia Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Thanks to Rita Howard for the identification.

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Single-Pen Farmhouse, Screven County

Screven County GA Abandoned Tenant Sharecropper House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This common utiliatrian form, once widespread throughout South Georgia, is rapidly disappearing from the landscape.

Screven County GA Abandoned Tenant Sharecropper House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

 

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