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New Hope Baptist Church, 1901, Louvale

New Hope Baptist Church Louvale GA Stewart County Church Row Active Congregation Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Constituted in 1860, two miles from this location, New Hope built the present church in 1901. It’s still an active congregation today and members keep it comfortable with cushions and pillows on the old pews.

New Hope Baptist Church Louvale GA Stewart County Sanctuary Interior Pews with Cushions Pillows Goldenrod Yellow Walls Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The church is very well-maintained; I really liked the yellow walls.

New Hope Baptist Church Louvale GA Stewart County Sanctuary Interior Pulpit Wainscoating Beadboard Walls Goldenrod Yellow Flags Piano Space Heater Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Though it’s a small congregation, it’s very aware of its history and importance in the area.

New Hope Baptist Church Louvale GA Stewart County Sanctuary Interior Attendance and Offering Chart Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Louvale Church Row Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Louvale, Georgia

Louvale GA Stewart County Old Country Stores RC Sign Peek Grocery Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The green building on the right is the old Peek Grocery. Louvale is a neat place, most famous for its church row just up the road.

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Pate’s Grocery, Louvale

Louvale GA Stewart County Barbeque Joint Pepsi Sign Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Mike writes: The store with the Pepsi Cola sign was known as Pates Grocery. It was a place where deer hunters gathered back in the 80’s when hunting deer with dogs was very active . The lady that ran it was known as Ma Pate . Her mother told me one time that all around there were the most beautiful Cotton fields and then one day some(one) came along bought it all up and planted it in pine trees . That later led to the most attractive hunting area in the state.  I hunted there for 25 years 1977-2003 in a club that was named Hitchitee Creek Hunting Club (leased from Ga. Kraft then sold to Mead which later merged with Westvaco.

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Vertical-Lift Bridge, 1969, Omaha

Vertical Lift Bridge Seaboard Coast Line Railroad RR Abandoned Chattahoochee River Omaha GA Alabama Line Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Built by Seaboard Air Line, this bridge has been abandoned for years. It’s located between Omaha, Georgia, and Cottonton, Alabama, and is visible from the Georgia Highway 39 Spur. Jackie Purdy writes that there is another vertical-lift bridge operated by CSX on the Savannah River.

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Omaha, Georgia

Americana Country Store Post Office Omaha GA Stewart County Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Located near the Chattahoochee River, Omaha is a community with lots of history. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit. An interesting bit of trivia: It was mentioned as the location of a fictional lynching in James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Hanging over the bloody paper with Alf looking for spicy bits instead of attending to the general public. Picture of a butting match, trying to crack their bloody skulls, one chap going for the other with his head down like a bull at a gate. And another one: Black Beast Burned in Omaha, Ga. A lot of Deadwood Dicks in slouch hats and they firing at a Sambo strung up in a tree with his tongue out and a bonfire under him. Gob, they ought to drown him in the sea after and electrocute and crucify him to make sure of their job”.

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Omaha Baptist Church, 1914, Stewart County

Omaha GA Omaha Baptist Church Gothic Revival Architecture Reconstruction after 1913 Tornado Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Though the congregation was established in the late 1800s, the present structure was built in 1914 as a replacement to the original, which was destroyed by a tornado in 1913.

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Town Well & Post Office, Omaha

Omaha GA Town Well in Middle of Street Stewart County Abandoned Country Store Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Thanks to Sylvette Walsh for suggesting this photograph. I don’t know how old the well is, but it’s right in the middle of the street in downtown Omaha. She notes that about 20 years ago, the well was a wooden construction with the traditional roof covering. Janice Morrison-Williams wrote that the structure behind the well, which I thought was a store, was actually the old post office.

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Abandoned Store, Omaha

Abandoned Store With Grapevines Wild Cherry Omaha GA Stewart County Rural Southern Decay Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Hiram Masonic Lodge, 1840s, Omaha

Omaha GA Hiram Masonic Lodge 1840s Country Store Endangered Landmark Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Built sometime in the 1840s and retaining its original half-round log floor joints, the Hiram Masonic Lodge housed a store on the lower floor during the Great Depression. The siding was added later. It was apparently moved to Omaha in 1939. It’s in danger of further deterioration if some sort of preservation isn’t undertaken soon and that would be a shame since it represents a significant example of public antebellum architecture.

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Abandoned General Store, Omaha

Omaha GA Stewart County Abandoned Country Store Chevron Style Window Shutters Early 20th Century Endangered Vernacular Architecture Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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