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Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor

Jimmy Carter for Cancer Survivor Sign at Plains Depot Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Upon learning of Jimmy Carter’s cancer diagnosis, the tight-knit community of Plains recently started a campaign that has nothing to do with politics. Signs like this wishing Mr. Jimmy, as he’s known locally, have literally blanketed the town. My parents asked me to buy them a sign if I found myself in Plains, so I stopped by the Plains Trading Post the other day and had a nice talk with Ramona Kurland who said that they were all sold out, but that more would soon be available. I felt this sign had special resonance, since it’s located at the historic Plains Depot.

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John Teel House, Circa 1840, Sumter County

John Teel House Antebellum Greek Revival Landmark Gaston Farm Sumter County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This vernacular Greek Revival house is the centerpiece of what is today known as the Teel-Crawford-Gaston Plantation or, more practically, the Gaston farm. The historical background that follows (in italics) comes from the 2004 National Register of Historic Places registration form. The farm represents two major periods in the history of Georgia agriculture, the plantation system and the the tenant farming system. John Teel purchased the property in 1836 and built the main house by 1840. He established a plantation where, by 1850, he lived with his wife, nine children, and 16 slaves. In 1852, Teel sold the plantation to Shadrack and Lucina Crawford, who after the Civil War turned the property from a plantation based on slave labor to a farm based on the tenant system.

John Teel House Sumter County GA Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The Crawfords sold the farm to Robert B. Gaston in 1918, who farmed there until his death in 1925. Gaston worked the land with mules and relied on the labor of tenant farmers. Gaston built the existing outbuilding complex to support the operation, most of which survives. James Monroe Gaston, Jr., Robert’s grandson, continues to farm the property to this day.

Gaston Farm Georgia Centennial Farm Sumter County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

National Register of Historic Places

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Abandoned Farmhouse, New Era

New Era GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The beauty in the remaining New Era houses lies in their abandonment and their quiet surrender to the elements. I can only imagine the hard-working souls who once labored here.

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New Era School, 1929, Sumter County

New Era School House Sumter County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Beverly Burk writes: This brick building was built in 1929 and was called New Era School. It operated until the early 1970,s and was closed. Grades 1 -9 attended. It was renovated in the late 1980s and is now a beautiful home.

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Bailey Avenue, Leslie

Leslie GA Downtown Mid Century Gas Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Commercial Storefronts, Leslie

Leslie GA Downtown Early 20th Century Commercial Architecture RR Crossing Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The white building on the left is a bank built in 1905.

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Service Station, Leslie

Leslie GA Sumter County Mid Century Gas Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vaniishing South Georgia USA 2015

John A. Battle writes: This old service station in Leslie was owned by my sister and her husband, Fred (Buddy) Bass and Joanne Battle Bass, and operated as a drycleaners and barber shop.

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