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Ocilla United Methodist Church, 1912

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In his History of Irwin County (Atlanta, Foote & Davies, 1932), J. B. Clements writes: The Methodists must have been in Irwin County as early as the Baptists, if not earlier. He notes that the first known Methodist circuit rider in the area was John W. Yarborough, a young man just from the mountains and his first appointment was the Irwin Mission in Irwin County. This was in 1832. In 1866, another Methodist circuit rider noted he rode seventeen miles through Irwin County without seeing a single dwelling or a living thing save a deer leaping through the woods. Methodists were fairly sparse in Irwin County throughout most of the 19th-century. Unfortunately, Clements does not give any account of the history of the Ocilla Methodist Church in his work, though he does include a photograph of the building. It’s likely that it dates to the first decade of Ocilla’s incorporation, between 1897-1907.

 

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Ocilla Truck Stop, Circa 1960

Old Ocilla Truck Stop Irwin County GA Willett's Pure Truck Station Photo Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This postcard from my collection dates to around 1960. I regret I never photographed this place, which was demolished some time before 2006.

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Ocilla Post Office, 1960

United States USPS Post Office Ocilla GA Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This typical mid-century post office was built during the last year of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration.

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Smith House, Ocilla

Irwin Avenue Ocilla GA Clarence Smith House Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Hip-Roof Tenant Farmhouse, Irwin County

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Kim Taylor writes: …my mom, Patsy Collins (Collins is her maiden name) said that this use to be our Uncle Hamp Darley’s house. She remembers playing there many times when she was a little girl. It had only a kitchen and one bedroom. 

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A. T. Fuller Lumber Company, Ocilla

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A. T. Fuller was a well-known landowner and timber operator in south central Georgia for a good part of the 20th century. I made these film photographs of his headquarters in 2001.  The structures were razed not long after, but represent an important era in the development of South Georgia.

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The top two shots illustrate the warehouse, and the bottom image features Mr. A. T.’s  office.

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Farmers Cold Storage, Ocilla

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This photo, and the one following, illustrate “cold storage” facilities, which were very common in the mid-2oth century, before the rise of supermarkets. Farmer’s Cold Storage had the motto “Home of Fine Cured Meats”. Almost every town of any size had a favored local “meat market”, and most offered storage for local meat producers. With the increase in concern over chemical additives and growth hormones, such businesses are beginning to reappear. The locavore movement, so-called for its reliance and insistence on locally grown foods and livestock, will help lead the revival of places like this, and I, for one, think it’s a great development.

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