Category Archives: Sylvania GA

Nellie Hill House, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Neoclassical Revival Architecture Landmark House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Tricia Self for the identification. She wrote, in part, that the house was moved in the early 1900s from another site about 500 yards away. It was done with the chimneys still attached and rolled on log rollers guided by a man driving mules. Nothing was packed up, and the plan was to replace anything they needed to, but they say not a thing was broken! Stuart Bragg also relayed the same story, so it must be a well-known local legend.

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Main Street Storefronts, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Town Square Main Street Georgia Wilderness Outfitters Commercial Storefronts Restorations Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These beautifully restored storefronts are part of Sylvania’s historic Town Square area. Georgia Wilderness Outfitters occupies the building on the left and is part of a vibrant downtown, a rarity these days.

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Sealtest Ice Cream Sign, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Town Square Antique Sealtest Ice Cream Sign Soda Fountain Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Farmers and Merchants Bank, Sylvania

Positioned across from the location of the old courthouse, this imposing structure can be seen from most anywhere in downtown Sylvania.

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Thrift Store Window Display, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Downtown Thrift Store WIndow Display Mannequin Wedding Dress Pink Cowboy Hat Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Napoleon Cannon, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Town Square Civil War Napoleon Cannon 1862 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is one of a pair of Civil War-era Napoleon cannons occupying a position of honor in Sylvania’s Old Courthouse Park. They were given to the city in 1913 and are in better shape than most I’ve seen.

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Sylvia Theatre & Granitoid Office Building, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Sylvia Theatre and Granitoid Office Building Town Square Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Ogeechee Street & Water Tower, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Water Tower Restored Downtown Buildings Plaza Park Thunder Clouds Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Courthouse Annex, 1897, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Courthouse Annex Building Chamber of Commerce Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Built to protect valuable records from fire, the courthouse for which this building served as an annex and clerk’s office is sadly gone. The iconic courthouse which served Sylvania from 1897 until 1963 was ordered demolished by the county and replaced with a boring modern courthouse on the edge of town. It was a significant loss. Today, the annex is home to the Screven County Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce. Stop by if you’re in town.

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First Baptist Church, 1918, Sylvania

First Baptist Church 1917 Sylvania GA Screven County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The congregation dates to 1847. The present structure, dating to 1918, was renovated in 1972 by Augusta civil engineer Harry Peihl Vankerhoff.  It’s one of the most noticeable landmarks in Sylvania.

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