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Hitching Horses at Parker’s, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Hitching a Horse at Parkers Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I made this photograph in 2010 and somehow forgot all about it until working on my archives today. It’s quite unusual to see a horse being hitched at a convenience store, though I’m sure Surrency once had more than its fair share of horses. These young men even made sure to “park” the horses within the marked parking spaces.

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Surrency Baptist Church, 1901

Surrency Baptist Church Appling County GA Landmark Tall Steeple Clapboard Construction Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Thanks to Fred Cooper for suggesting that I photograph this church, as well as the two houses that follow. Though I’m not sure of the date of this structure’s construction, Fred notes that it’s well over a hundred years old.

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Johnson-McLemore House, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County McLemore House Folk Victorian Architecture Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Vernacular House, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Singlewide Vernacular Architecture Folk House Screened in Front Porch Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This is a single-story I-house that features all the rooms in a row. Siding has been added, as well as a front porch and rear shed rooms, but it’s still an increasingly rare early architectural form. It’s located on Main Street, near Surrency Baptist Church.

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Ellen Surrency House, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Vernacular Architecture Clapboard House with Vented Dormers Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This is one of the most recognizable houses in Surrency, visible to passersby on U.S. Highway 341. Sherry Kesling notes that this was the home of Ellen Surrency. She was a member of the founding family of the town who taught school and never married.

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Watson House, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Modified Plantation Plain Cracker I House Architecture Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

I wondered if this could be the old Allen Surrency house, so famous for a series of hauntings in the 1870s, but George Eason and Bruce Carson both wrote to say that that house was across the street and burned many years ago. George’s aunt, Maggie Watson, lived here and he recalls visiting her in this house until the early 1960s.

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Folk Victorian House, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Folk Victorian Architecture Restored Old House Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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