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Mars Theatre, 1945, Springfield

Operated as a theatre from 1945 until 1957, the Mars was a popular gathering place in Springfield. After many years of alternative use and eventually a state of decline, the City of Springfield, with the assistance of the Fox Theatre Institute, is in the process of renovating this important landmark. The glass brick entryway has already been replaced, as seen in the image below.

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Auditorium

Lobby

Balcony

Here, Springfield City Manager Brett Bennett inspects the projection booth. Brett, along with Gussie Nease and Erin Rahn, are leading the local effort to bring back this landmark with the assistance of the Fox Theatre Institute. The Institute is the nation’s leading theatre preservation organization.

http://www.marstheatre.com/About-the-Theatre.html

http://www.foxtheatreinstitute.org/

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Effingham County Methodist Campground, Springfield

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Thought to be the oldest campmeeting in continuous existence in the South, the Effingham County Methodist Campground has been held at several locations since 1790, with the present tabernacle dating to 1910. The family “tents” which line the campground are actually permanent structures where people gather during events, which were once much longer in duration than today.

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A historical marker placed by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 notes: Effingham Camp Meeting has the longest record of continuous service in South Georgia-from 1790 according to oral tradition. The first camp ground was off Sisters’ Ferry Road on land of George Powledge, later sold to Gideon Mallette. In 1864 the site was burned during Sherman’s March to the Sea. In 1865 and 1866 encampment was held at Turkey Branch Methodist Church. In 1867 the camp ground was rebuilt on the Edward Bird tract at Springfield. In 1907 the present site was occupied after an exchange with G. M. Brinson. August encampment includes the third Sunday.

“Tents” of the Effingham County Methodist Campground

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Effingham County Courthouse, 1908, Springfield

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Designed in 1908 by Savannah City Hall architect Hyman Wallace Witcover, this iconic and unique Georgia courthouse was recently restored. It is among the best examples of the so-called Jeffersonian style in the state, and the only courthouse of this form. A newer, more modern courthouse was constructed across the street to accomodate Effingham County’s population boom. (Thanks to Tracy for allowing access to the courtroom).

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View from the gallery to the jury box.

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A portrait of John Adam Treutlen by George Mandus hangs behind the judge’s bench. Treutlen, the son of an indentured servant who went on to become the wealthiest plantation owner in present-day Effingham County, was early associated with the Ebenezer community as a student of John Martin Boltzius. He was the first governor of Georgia elected after the state adopted its 1777 constitution. He was brutally murdered by Tories at the end of the Revolutionary War, near Orangeburg, South Carolina. A nice overview of his life can be found here.

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Effingham County should be commended for their excellent restoration of this unique historic courthouse.

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Folk Victorian, Springfield

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Gable Front House, Springfield

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Vernacular House, Springfield

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Hip Roof House, Springfield

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