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Vernacular Farmhouse, Bickley

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Bickley United Methodist Church, 1890s, Ware County

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The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: This church was organized on March 25, 1888, under the oak trees at the home of William Manning Denton, with Rev. J. G. Ahern as pastor.  The earliest members brought their own cowhide-bottom chairs to meet under the oak trees.  The original building was made from wood sawed from logs at Denton Sawmill and the same building is still in use, having been remodeled in 1935, 1954 and 1976…

No specific date for the construction is noted, but it would be safe to assume that it was built within a few years of the organization, sometime in the early 1890s.

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New Elizabeth Baptist Church, Dixie Union

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Renovation of Hotel Ware, Waycross

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Opened on 21 February 1929, the Hotel Ware contained 110 rooms, all with private baths, which was a luxury at the time. When I was a boy, my father, who worked for CSX (Seaboard Coast Line in those days, and Atlantic Coast Line before that), stayed at this hotel, along with the many other railroad men who worked out of Waycross. I well remember the poor condition of the rooms and the dangerous old elevator, but I also fondly recall the coffee shop with its heavy china and short order cooks. There was a true sense of community in the place, and when I photographed the Ware a little over a year ago, I was so worried that it was bound for the wrecking ball. I am glad that Waycross has chosen to save this iconic structure, which will soon become a residential apartment building.

Downtown Waycross Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Bunn Building, 1912, Waycross

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The first “fire-proof” reinforced concrete building in the region, the Bunn Building once housed a theatre, pharmacy, and a National Five and Dime Store. I was under the impression that it was being restored, but apparently, this is not the case.

Update: Danny Yarbrough writes: Bill Gross Construction of Kingsland…will begin restoration mid-2019 and restoration will take approximately one year. We were about one year away from completely losing this building to demolition!

Downtown Waycross Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lyric Theatre, 1923, Waycross

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Though not documented, the Lyric is thought to be the work of Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer. Some sources have listed its construction date as 1927; however, local sources date it to 1923 and until otherwise documented, I will use 1923, as well. With all the great renovations going on in Waycross, I’m hopeful that the Lyric will be on that list soon. It’s greatly threatened and in very poor condition at this time.

Downtown Waycross Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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The Old Ruskin Church, Circa 1895

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Colonization movements were very popular in that last decade of the 19th century, bringing large numbers of people with shared values together to create a world of their own vision. Ruskin was an example of such a place, named for John Ruskin who came from England with the hopes of establishing an agrarian utopia. Founded in 1898, the colony survived for just three years before individuals decided to go their own way. Some reports suggest that Ruskin was a large and thriving community, though much of this seems apocryphal, considering the community was attempting to attract settlers. (I’d like to thank Sharman Southall, historian for the Georgia Department of Transportation, for bringing much of this history to my attention).  The church predates the Ruskin experiment by a few years. It’s thought to have been built by a Methodist congregation serving the nearby lost community of Duke but will likely be known forever as the Old Ruskin Church. It has recently been restored and is well-maintained to this day. Its survival of historic wildfires a few years ago is nothing short of miraculous and is quite inspiring.

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Abandoned Building, Manor

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This building was razed by 2013.

 

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