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Bryant’s Gin & Warehouses, Bartow

Still going strong after a century, Bryant’s Gin was running full steam when I stopped in Bartow recently. Cotton remains one of Georgia’s most important crops.

The present gin in Bartow dates to the 1950s, replacing an earlier facility.


A number of related buildings also remain on the property, which is bisected by the Central of Georgia railroad tracks.

Several old warehouses remain.

I believe this was an office, related to the business.

Bartow Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filling Station, Bartow

Bartow Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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John McGahee Tenant House, 1870s, Jefferson County

Located in the vicinity of Wrens is this spectacular survivor, a tenant house that can be dated to at least 1879, with its original kitchen still intact. This description and identification was shared with me: an unpainted lap siding house…on the edge of a red clay embankment and very close to the right of way. It is what I would call a salt box style house with a similarly constructed detached kitchen structure close behind it. There is a front porch which is right on the edge of the embankment. The house looks like it has never had window sash and what may be original plain board shutters can be seen on the north side of the main house. The house has a tall look to it and the eave line at the front is higher than on the back side. The front faces west and there are no windows on the front, only the door. Using the 1879 Jefferson County map by L.F. Adkins…the saltbox house [is] shown on the Adkins map as occupied by John McGahee who is listed on the 1860 census of Jefferson County, Div. Pope Hill, age 21, occupation tenant, birthplace Georgia, wife Frances A. age 18, one child John E. age 1…

 

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William John Wren Memorial, Wrens

William John Wren was the founder and namesake of the town of Wrens. This memorial is located beside the post office, with the Wren House visible in the background. I’m not sure when it was placed here, but it was likely around the time of Mr. Wren’s death.

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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.

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Storefront Details, Wrens

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Commercial Block, Wrens

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