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Benjamin Hawkins Monument, 1931, Roberta

Colonel Benjamin Hawkins Memorial Roberta GA Crawfordville Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The text on the monument gives a good overview of Colonel Hawkins’ life. Some of the language wouldn’t be used today, such as referring to Native Americans as ‘savages’. Erected in 1931 by the United States government to commemorate the life and public service of Colonel Benjamin Hawkins, who was born in Warren County, N. C.  August 15, 1754 and died at the Creek Indian Agency on the Flint River, June 6, 1816. He was a student at Princeton and shortly after the beginning of the Revolution became a member of General Washington’s staff with the rank of Colonel, serving with distinction throughout the war. He was one of the first senators from North Carolina and was conspicuous for his interest in Indian affairs. Colonel Hawkins was asked by General Washington to assume jurisdiction over all the Indian tribes south of the Ohio River. At the height of his career he came to Georgia and established his home among the Creek Indians on the banks of the Flint River in Crawford County. He built the fort which was named in his honor on the Ocmulgee River at Macon and lived there while the fort was being erected, but his permanent home was at the Creek Agency. His body lies on a bluff overlooking the Flint River where he lived among the savage tribes for 16 years, a man of letters, a mediator of peace and faithful unto death.

Colonel Benjamin Hawkins as Senator in North Carolina Public Domain Image Used on Vanishing South Georgia 2014Colonel Benjamin Hawkins – Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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C. F. Hays & Son General Store, Musella

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Working Gas Pumps Authentic Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I first photographed this store in February 2010 and am just as fascinated by it today as I was then. It’s been in business since 1900 and the grandson of the original owner is still operating it today. He has a real passion for the family business and its place in the history of the peach packing town of Musella.

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Opened in 1900 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

So many times I see modern “country stores” that aren’t worth their salt, but this one is authentic, as the photos below illustrate. Mr. Hays, who has another job besides this one, painstakingly stocks the store with staples and various sundries and country store memorabilia authentic to the store’s history. Some would call it a hobby but I see it as an important link to the past.

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Coca Cola Mural Antique Signs Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

C F Hays & Sons General Store Musella GA Crawford County Landmark Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s a miracle places like this still exist. Please take the time to stop by if you find yourself anywhere near Musella. Buy an ice cold Nu-Grape or Coca-Cola in a bottle, or have some ice cream from the chest freezer.

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Musella Gin & Cotton Company

Musella Gin & Cotton Company Crawford County GA 1949 Cadillac Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is a classic Cadillac, likely a 1949 model.

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Peach Workers, Musella

Musella GA Crawford County Peach Pickers Farm Labor Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Peach harvesting and processing remains a labor intensive form of agriculture and hundreds of Hispanic workers are employed by Dickey Farms, an iconic local producer of Georgia’s official state fruit.

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Musella Baptist Church, 1908, Crawford County

Musella Baptist Church Crawford County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This congregation dates to 1884.

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Nakomis, Georgia

Raymond Clark writes: HORNE STORE. Georgia Hwy 96 (Fall Line Freeway) near Peach/Crawford County line. There were two Horne Stores.The one pictured here was the former liquor store and where the white truck and pecan trees are on the right of photo is the former store/former owner’s home which was demolished by fire. From the 1960s to 1980s the store did a lot of business with good ole Mr Horne’s bbq, potato salad and home cooking. People from businessmen to students at Ft Valley State University to folks done from picking peaches for the day from Lanes and Pearson Farms bought beer and liquor here.

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Georgia Post Building, 1928, Knoxville

knoxville ga georgia post building photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south geogia usa 2010

The Georgia Post served as the newspaper of record for Knoxville and Roberta, as well as all of Crawford County. Crawford B. H. Moncrief (1889-1950) published the first issue from his home on 1 January 1922 and continued to publish it from there until the constrcution of this office in 1928. The paper has changed ownership over the years but is still in production (from a different location). It’s an excellent intact example of a small-town newspaper office.

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Crawford County Courthouse, 1852, Knoxville

historic crawford county courthouse knoxville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Built in 1852, likely by Henry Crews, this vernacular courthouse is among the oldest in Georgia. It replaced an earlier structure on the same location which was destroyed by fire in 1829. After extensive renovations and remodels during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was no longer deemed practical and  a new courthouse was opened across the street in 2002. Thanks to Mona Lowe for the updated historical information.

crawford county courthouse knoxville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Also significant to the history of Knoxville is the story of Joanna Troutman. In 1835, she designed a flag featuring a blue star on a white field with the words “Liberty or Death” and presented it to the Georgia Batallion of volunteers who left Knoxville to aid in the fight for Texas independence. This first “Lone Star” flag would feature significantly in later Texas iconography and because it was raised after the Texas Declaration of Independence, is considered the first flag to fly over an independent Texas. Troutman, who was born in  Milledgeville, married S. L. Pope in 1839 and moved to Elmwood, his plantation at Knoxville.  Upon Pope’s death in 1872, Joanna married W. G. Vinson, a Georgia legislator. She died at Elmwood in 1879 and was buried at the plantation, but upon a special request by Texas governor Oscar Colquitt in 1913, her remains were reinterred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, and a statue was erected to her memory.

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Hutto’s Store, Friendship

friendship crawford county ga huttos store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Mike Price writes: This (was) Hutto’s Store. It was run by John and Ruth Hutto forever. John passed away in the early 80s and Mrs. Ruth in the mid 80s or thereabout. The were a fixture in this county for many years and very well respected and missed by all.

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