I believe the rear section of this house is a Plantation Plain, to which additions were made over time.
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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.
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.
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.
Greg made getting the sign across US 301 look easy.
It made its way through the trees behind the post office.
Melissa & Greg took a break and posed for a photo.
One of my favorite shots was seeing it pass through the parking lot of Fuel America.
This is where it will rest until it’s refurbished and raised at the Birmingham’s business, Cooperville Caboose.
The sign is hollow and rusty so lowering it was a bit tricky.
With help from volunteers and well-wishers, the move was successful.
The spinning star that tops the sign actually turns.
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
Paradise Restaurant & Sign, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
This private fishing camp is one of a few that still remain on the Ogeechee River.
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.
This is located just west of Hiltonia. It appears the lumber is being salvaged.
The front gable features shingles at the corners.
The interior, which must have been a lovely space at one time, is merely a shell of its former self today.
The pulpit is the only feature that still resembles a church.
Thanks to Rita Howard for the identification.