Tag Archives: Georgia Architecture

Jones-Winburn House, Circa 1850s, Midville

Mary M. Rugg writes: This is the Jones-Winburn home, built in the mid 1800’s of [hand-hewn] native pine logs pinned together with wooden pegs. It was the first house in Midville. The original pine log foundation was given to James A. Jones as a wedding gift from his father F. A. Jones. It is believed that the original pine log house had been in the family since before the Revolutionary War.

Jones Lindgren notes that a distant relative, Bess Jones Winburn lived here until her death in the 1960s. It has hints of an Augusta Sand Hills Cottage, though is not nearly as elevated as most examples of that style. The recessed dormers are an unusual feature.

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Filed under --BURKE COUNTY GA--, Midville GA

Old Mt. Olive Baptist Church & School, Circa 1909, Jefferson County

This historic African-American congregation is still active and this structure is adjacent to the associated cemetery. I am unaware of the history of the church, but it is possible that itwas established by former slaves of the Old Town plantation, located nearby.

This structure is located near the old church, and may have been a schoolhouse. Near the newer church is also a structure which appears to have been a school. I hope to learn more.

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Antebellum Farmhouse, Lamar

Though the house has obviously (thankfully) been restored, I believe it may have originated in the antebellum era. The sidelights appear to have been altered, but otherwise the profile of the house is fairly authentic. It’s located near the long forgotten community of Lamar. I hope to learn more.

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Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Lamar GA

Hebron Baptist Church, Sumter County

Hebron Baptist Church is located south of Americus. Steve Short writes: This church was founded in July 1894 by Rev. Augustus C. Wellons (1854-1932), who is buried at Lebanon Cemetery in Plains. Hebron celebrated its 125th anniversary in July 2019. Notably, dozens of descendants of Rev. Wellons’ niece Eugenia Wellons Short are members of Hebron today. Rev. Wellons and his sons built many houses and structures in nearby Plains, including Plains Baptist Church and the two-story Wellons House, formerly known as the Plains Bed & Breakfast Inn.

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Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA

1st Headquarters of Habitat for Humanity, Americus

Alabama natives and self-made millionaires, Millard and Linda Fuller came to Americus by way of Koinonia Farm in 1965. Koinonia was (and remains) an interracial faith-based community south of Americus which promoted equality for all. Just being a member of the collective was a bold statement at a time when the Jim Crow South was being subjugated by emerging Civil Rights legislation and mandates.

This historic home on West Church Street served as Millard’s law office. When his family returned from a three year mission to Zaire in 1976, it became the first headquarters of Habitat for Humanity. The organization, which has become a household word, has been widely applauded for the good work they have done over the years, especially the construction of affordable housing for those who can’t always purchase them through traditional methods.

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA

Brooksville Methodist Church, 1874

My date for the church construction comes from a survey of local historic resources. I’m unsure when the congregation was established.


Filed under --RANDOLPH COUNTY GA--, Brooksville GA

Georgian Cottage, Brooksville

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Filed under --RANDOLPH COUNTY GA--, Brooksville GA

Bethel A. M. E. Church, Stewart County

This historic African-American congregation is located near Kimbrough, just inside the Stewart County line.

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Eclectic Farmhouse, Kimbrough


Filed under --WEBSTER COUNTY GA--, Kimbrough GA

Sanders-Spann-Bryson House, 1836, Webster County

This Plantation Plain farmhouse, built circa 1836, is the oldest in Webster County. Typical of the transitional architecture of the time, it retains a strong Federal influence. It is an amazing treasure that has only survived because of good stewardship.

The house is best known today as the Spann-Bryson House. I’m indebted to Debbie Walker for her assistance in tracking down the history. She spoke with owner Mike Connor, and he his wife Ann have done an amazing job maintaining this venerable landmark. Mr. Connor noted that it was built by a Mr. Sanders and was identified in the Webster County history book as the Old Sanders Place.


Filed under --WEBSTER COUNTY GA--