Dr. W. D. Willcox House, Fitzgerald

Dianne Willcox Weems notes that her father purchased this home from the Ewing family, but I’m unsure of the identity of the original owners at this time.

South Main Street-South Lee Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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McLendon-Walker House, Circa 1912, Fitzgerald

This was the longtime home of Mrs. Evelyn McLendon, a history teacher at Fitzgerald High School. Patricia and David Walker have meticulously restored it.

South Main Street-South Lee Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

 

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Central Hallway Farmhouse, Irwin County

I’ve always admired this well-maintained house but have never known its history. I would guess it dates to the 1870s or 1880s.

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Abandoned Church, Ben Hill County

The architecture leads me to believe this was a church, though it could have been a schoolhouse.

 

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Surplus Store, Fitzgerald

 

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Railroad Mural, Fitzgerald

Railroads were integral to the settlement of Fitzgerald in the late 1890s and for much of its history have been one of its main economic components. The city commissioned Dylan Ross to create this colorful mural. You may recall Dylan as the artist behind the brilliant Andy Griffith Show mural in Broxton.

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General Store, Coney

Gean Nipper recently suggested I make some photographs at Coney. Having driven between Cordele and Americus countless times over the years, I must admit I had never even heard of the place. A couple of old warehouses and commissaries were still standing in the crossroads community near Lake Blackshear until they were destroyed by a tornado a few years ago. This store, the lone survivor, was owned by Mr. Nipper’s grandparents, Lonnie and Dicy Calhoun. It was closed by the late 1960s and briefly reopened in the early 1970s.

Coney was once a busy rail siding and was also the location of a ferry that crossed the nearby Flint River (long before Lake Blackshear was formed).

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