Tornado Damage at Young’s Chapel, Ben Hill County

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Young’s Chapel has been one of my favorite places since I first discovered it over ten years ago. I drive out from Fitzgerald nearly every time I’m home just to check on it. Though I have no connections to the church, I’ve always felt at home when I visit. It’s the kind of place that has that effect on many. On one of those recent trips, I was heartbroken when I saw the damage done by a tornado which passed through in January. As if this special little church needed anything else working against it.

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Luckily, Matt Brown recently rescued the pews before vandals could steal or destroy them. They were gone before the tornado came through.

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Talk of restoration has been ongoing, but in light of the recent damage it will be an even more difficult task, perhaps impossible.

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Demolition of the Irwinville Hotel

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There’s just something unsettling about this picture of the Irwinville Hotel.  Many people have contacted me with complaints about the destruction of this mid-1880s landmark. The most common comments (and they’ve been numerous) have been: “Just what the world needs, another Dollar General” and “Dollar General is a plague on the landscape“.  I tend to agree. While I agree that anyone has the right to sell their land to anyone whom they wish to, I’m amazed that the community couldn’t come together for a better solution. In the past few years, Irwinville lost their post office, can barely keep the capture site of Jefferson Davis open, and now, is losing this. All this while a local state representative and state senator made no overtures to do anything about it. I don’t believe it’s the government’s responsibility to “save” these places, but a little input would have been nice.

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While I’ve seen interior shots of the hotel posted on other sites, I was unable to get such images. At any rate, the property has long been used as a residential rental and retained very little of its historic interior appearance.

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Progress is never a bad thing, as I’ve said numerous times over the past ten years. But the loss of landmarks in our smallest towns shouldn’t be a part of that progress.

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Brinson United Methodist Church, 1901, Decatur County

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The origins of this church can be traced to the Spring Creek Mission, organized in 1867. A crude log building served as the first church.  In 1871, the congregation adopted the name of Mt. Zion and a second structure of frame construction was built. The third and present building dates to 1901.

Brinson Family Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Homer Hodges Brinson House, 1907, Brinson

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Built by the second son of Simeon Brinson, Homer Hodges Brinson (1878-1944), this house was extensively remodeled around 1919 in the eclectic style typical of the era. Elements of the Craftsman,American Foursquare and Prairie styles are the most predominant influences.

Brinson Family Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Simeon Brinson House, 1893, Brinson

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This grand Victorian was built by Simeon Brinson (1847-1918), founder of the town that bears his name. In the 1870s, Simeon bought large tracts of land in the area and surveyed the area for a town in 1889, after the coming of the railroad. He served as a postmaster in the town’s early days and after it was incorporated in 1907 was its first mayor. The family owned the only bank in the town, as well as a cotton warehouse.

Brinson Family Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Mars Hill Christian Church, 1906, Decatur County

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Vernacular Tenant House, Decatur County

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