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Parrott, Georgia

Historic Main Street Parrott GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

First settled as a Creek village called Chenube in the first half of the 19th century, the post office name was changed to Parrott in 1889, when the present town was incorporated. It’s named for John Lawson Parrott (1838-1920), a prominent landowner in the area who donated the land which became the business district, including the school and churches. From its founding until World War II, Parrott was quite prosperous and once boasted the most millionaires per capita in the state. If you’re in the area, spend an hour or two walking around Parrott. It’s one of the nicest small towns anywhere in Georgia.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Wedge Building, Parrott

Parrott GA Wedge Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

It’s unusual to find structures like this in towns the size of Parrott. They’re more often associated with cities where space is at a premium. This one was likely built to take advantage of the railroad depot, which is located across the street.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Parrott United Methodist Church, 1892, Terrell County

Historic Parrott Methodist Church Terrell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

One of Southwest Georgia’s most beautiful and well-maintained historic churches, the congregation of Parrott Methodist was formed after tent meetings by visiting pastors in 1891 sparked an interest in building a permanent church home. Land for the church was donated by Parrott’s namesake, John L. Parrott.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Parrott Baptist Church, 1920, Terrell County

Historic Parrott Baptist Church Terrell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Cook Street, Parrott

Cook Street Parrott GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot, Circa 1889, Parrott

Parrott Depot Seaboard Air Line Columbus Southern Railway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Built circa 1889 for the Columbus Southern Railway, this small depot first saw service for Seaboard Air Line in 1890.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Modified Plantation Plain House, Parrott

Historic Parrott GA Plantation Plain Influenced House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This house may have been built in the I-house (Plantation Plain) style then later expanded to a gabled ell, with additional rooms and porches. It’s actually quite eclectic but much likely more comfortable than the traditional style that influenced it. The flat chimneys are interesting, as well.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Winged-Gable House, Parrott

Parrot GA Vernacular House Old Water Tower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I included this house because it’s a common vernacular style. The old water tower in the background is a contributing structure to the historic district; I”m not sure if this house is. The is a side view.

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Cook House, Parrott

Historic District Parrot GA Folk Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I nearly included this house with the other Queen Annes of Parrott, but after much debate, decided it was more eclectic. While the overall footprint of the house is Queen Anne, the porch is decidedly not. Eclecticism was popular at the turn of the last century, so I’m not sure if this mixture of styles is original or a later modification. Thanks to Parrott native Beth Alston, I now have a name for the house. She also notes it’s rumored to be haunted.

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Queen Anne Houses of Parrott

Parrott GA Historic District Queen Anne House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Parrott is one of the most beautiful small towns in South Georgia. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the historic district is the unusually large number of Queen Anne style Victorian houses, which range from simple to ornate in design. These were built around the turn of the last century, at the height of Parrott’s economic prominence. Most small towns boast a few examples, but when you consider the population of Parrott is around 150, it’s quite extraordinary. I hope to identify these soon, and will add names when I get them.

Historic Parrott GA Queen Anne House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Parrott GA Terrell County Queen Anne House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Historic Parrott GA Terrell County Folk Queen Anne House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Historic Parrott GA Queen Anne Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Historic Parrott GA Queen Anne Victorian House Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Parrott Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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