Tag Archives: Antebellum South Georgia

Pope Hill, Circa 1830, Wrens

The community of Pope Hill was the area around which present-day Wrens was established, around the time of the American Revolution.  It’s sometimes referred to as Pope’s Crossroads.

Though I haven’t been able to locate much information about the Popes, I assume they were the first settlers of the area. I’ve also yet to establish a connection to this house, but I’ve learned that it was built sometime around 1830. Double chimneys flank both ends of the house. I’ll update as I learn more.

A curious stone marker, placed by Carrie in memory of A. J. & Nancy Williams, stands in the front yard.



Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Wrens GA

Ruins of Bowen’s Mill, Ben Hill County

Having grown up swimming and exploring House Creek, I always wondered about the history of Bowen’s Mill. A few days ago, I got a message from Mike Hudson that a new bridge over House Creek was about to be constructed and he expressed concern that these ruins would likely be swept up in the debris of the construction project. Mike Carlok of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Environmental Services notes:  these ruins will not be swept up from GDOT construction. Our Office of Environmental Services (OES) has taken extraordinary steps to make sure that this history will not be erased by our projects. This site has been recommended Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places…and it deserves that recommendation…and I myself will be there to monitor construction…

A large grist mill was constructed here by R. V. Bowen, Sr., in 1836 and was in operation here into the 20th century. A water-powered sawmill was also part of the operation. This was one of the first industrial sites in this section of the state.

A wooden dam, which contained a 100-acre lake, failed at some point in the 1940s and swept away most of the mill.



Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Bowens Mill GA

Currie House, 1850s, Laurens County

This well-maintained landmark is located just north of the Wheeler County line. Cherrie Currie Smith writes: This farm and home belonged to my grandparents, Elmer and Anne Lou Currie. The home was built before the Civil War.


Filed under --LAURENS COUNTY GA--

Brooks County Courthouse, 1864, Quitman


Though the Brooks County Courthouse is generally noted as having been built in 1859, that date is misleading. Construction began that year, but due to the Civil War and the death of contractor Charles H. Remington in 1862, the courthouse was not completed until 1864. It was extensively remodeled in 1892 by the firm of Bruce & Morgan, in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.

National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Quitman GA

John Rountree House, 1832, Twin City


John Rountree was born in 1809 in present-day Emanuel County. His father, Joshua Rountree, had migrated to the area from Greene County, via Tar River, North Carolina, probably at the turn of the 18th century. John built this house around the time he married Nancy Brown Kent in 1832. He died in 1858. The house is quite significant in a number of areas. It was built by a member of one of the pioneer families of Emanuel County and as a a surviving example of the rural architecture of that period, it’s unequaled in the area.


Early log saddlebag houses are very rare and the Rountree House is made even more significant by the use of diamond notching on the logs, one of fewer than ten known to exist in Georgia. As is the norm with this style, a large brick chimney is centrally located between the two original rooms


Also, instead of chinking, the logs are sealed with battens on the interior. A later shed room was added across the back of the house no later than 1845-50 by John Rountree.


The house remained in family hands until 1995, when Lynne Santy Tanner and her brothers, Chris and Ross Santy, transferred the house and surrounding ten acres to the City of Twin City. It has been recognized by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as a 2017 Place in Peril. Its regional architectural significance can’t be overstated.


National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --EMANUEL COUNTY GA--, Twin City GA

Greek Revival House, 1850s, Oglethorpe

oglethorpe ga antebellum greek revival house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

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Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Oglethorpe GA

Antebellum Cottage, Oglethorpe

oglethorpe ga unidentified antebellum house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Though I can’t confirm it at this time, I believe this home to be of antebellum construction.

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Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Oglethorpe GA