Also known as the Warwick Dam, the larger complex known as Plant Crisp was devised in 1925 as a way for Crisp County to generate its own electrical power. It’s unique in that it was the first county-owned, -constructed and -operated power dam in the United States. The reservoir it created became known as Lake Blackshear in honor of David Blackshear, the commander of nearby Fort Early. Though I’m personally opposed to the damming of wild rivers, I’m amazed by the fact that Crisp County had the foresight to be power independent long before most communities had any such ideas. It has also served the area well as a recreation hub for the better part of a century.
Hay bale art can be seen all over South Georgia, especially in the guise of jack-o-lanterns around Halloween. This one is located at Stripling’s Sausage & Meat on Lake Blackshear in Warwick.
Hugh Gleaton writes: The tin clad building to the right of the post office had a doctor’s office in it in the late 40’s or early 1950’s. I believe his name was Dr. Flournoy. Regarding the post office, Louise McCord Jones recalls: My great aunt Mrs. Rossie Britt was post mistress of Warwick for many years. In the mid- and late-1950s, I loved visiting with her and her brother, my Uncle Charlie Dupree, because they both had such jovial personalities, As a young mid-century female, I thought it very impressive that my aunt had risen to the status of Post Mistress!
Dan Aultman writes: This building was originally the farming headquarters for the Aultman family. Later S. O. Spooner leased the turpentine rights for the Aultman forest and rented the building for his offices and warehouse.
Like many such buildings all over Georgia, this one appears to be in bad condition and faces an uncertain future.
Kyle Basko notes that this was built by David and Annie Poole around 1905. Ceceille Durant Poole adds: This was my father-in-law, Jim Poole’s, childhood home. He was the 10th of 12 children (two died as infants). His father, David owned the only grocery store in town and his youngest brother, Harry Poole, was the Mayor of Warwick for many years in the 1960s and 1970s. When we used to visit the house it was painted white. Many great family times and stories live in this stately home.