Tag Archives: South Georgia Architecture

T. F. Lee House, 1897, Leefield

The Lee family were the namesakes of the Leefield community.

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Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1894, Dooly County

Thanks to its location near Interstate 75, this church has likely been seen by millions of people over the years. I’m among those who have traveled the highway over the years and noticed a beautiful old church on the horizon as I passed through Dooly County. Shiloh was established in 1874 as a brush arbor by Reverend C. E. Boland. In 1883, James T. Jackson donated an acre of land for the construction of a permanent facility. Mrs. Sally Brown gave the church its name and a small building and school were soon completed. My research suggests the present structure was built in 1894. It is still an active congregation.

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Newcomer House, Fitzgerald

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Mathis House, Fitzgerald

This was home for many years to Fitzgerald’s last door-to-door pedestrian mail carrier, Richard Mathis. It was originally owned by his father, I believe. Richard graduated from high school with my grandmother and was one of my Sunday School teachers at Central United Methodist Church.

South Main-South Lee Streets Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Denmark-Hiers House, 1906, Fitzgerald

This was the home of Fitzgerald pioneer settlers Dr. Arthur Howell Denmark (1872-1957) and Bertha Twiss Denmark (1879-1949) and was owned by their descendants for over a century. His daughter, the late Frances Denmark Hiers (1909-2010), spent most of her life in the house. She and her husband Jimmy opened Hiers Jewelers in 1945 and Frances later served as the first woman president of the Georgia Jewelers’ Association.

She earned a degree in Drama from the State Normal College in Athens (now UGA) and taught “expression” at Fitzgerald High School for a number of years. She directed the first production of the local historical pageant, Our Friends the Enemy, but is best remembered for directing over 1000 weddings. I was a member of one of those wedding parties and have fond memories of Mrs. Hiers. She was all business and didn’t suffer foolishness but was an absolute delight. Her civic involvements were legion and included service on the boards of Central United Methodist Church, the Pilot Club, the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council, and the Blue and Gray Memorial Association.

South Main-South Lee Streets Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Wright-Hardy House, 1854, Perry

The Wright family were among the earliest owners of this cottage; it was purchased by the T. F. Hardy family in the 1930s.

 

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Dr. B. F. Tharpe House, 1874, Perry

Built for Baptist minister Dr. B. F. Tharpe, this is also known as the Tharpe-Lawson House. It was purchased by the Duggan family in 1951 and extensively remodeled.

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Lawson House, 1941, Perry

 

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Edge-Andrew House, 1884, Perry

Built by Dr. J. B. Edge in the 1880s, this was owned by the B. H. Andrew, Sr., family from 1891-1966.

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Houser-King-Chapman House, 1903, Perry

This four-over-four house was built for Sam Houser. Later owners were the King sisters and, beginning in 1948, C. C. Chapman, who served for many years as the sheriff of Houston County.

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