Tag Archives: South Georgia City Halls

Bank of Jakin, 1912

bank of jakin ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This served as Jakin’s only bank when nearly 2000 people called the area home during the lumber boom of the early 20th century. The charter for the bank was granted to Elisha Hilton. From 1923 to 1988, it served as the post office and today is in use as the city hall.

National Register of Historic Places

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Scotland, Georgia

Historic Scotland GA Telfair County Main Street Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Main Street in Scotland features buildings from various time periods. I found it quite unusual that city hall (beige building, left) is located next door to a liquor store (red building, center). Scotland is a neat little town, out of the way for most travelers but worth a look. Settled after the Civil War by Scotch Presbyterians, Scotland was first known as McVille, for the ancestry of most of the first residents. The name was changed at the request of the railroad to avoid confusion with nearby McRae. Though he left as a young man and entered service in World War I, my maternal great-grandfather, Burt Herman Browning, was born here in 1892.

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Old Jail, Twin City

Twin City GA Emanuel County Early 20th Century Warehouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Wesley Hendley for the identification. He notes that this was later used as the city hall.

Twin City Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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City Hall, Ellenton

Ellenton GA Colquitt County City Hall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Souh Georgia USA 2014

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Office Block, Guyton

Guyton GA Effingham County Pine Street Old Bank Post Office City Hall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Bob Koch, who recently purchased this “block” related to me that a bank, post office, and the city hall have all been located here over the years. Today, he has a great classic motorcycle shop (Vintage Motors) here, and there’s a bookstore, as well.

guyton ga historic commercial block photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

I was amazed to see the identification on the support columns. They were made by Fitzgerald Iron Works, in my hometown of Fitzgerald, probably in the first or second decade of the 20th century.

Bank Building Guyton GA Fitzgerald Iron Works Column Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Guyton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jaeckel Hotel, 1905, Statesboro

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Blind Willie McTell Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Opened by German immigrant Gustave Jaeckel, this hotel was a showplace in early 20th century Statesboro, hosting celebrities like Henry Ford, William Jennings Bryan and Cornelius Vanderbilt. After closing in the late 1960s, it was acquired by the city of Statesboro in the 1990s and renovated for use as City Hall.

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Restored AAA Neon Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The beautiful AAA hotel neon was restored in 2012 by the Bulloch County Historical Society and the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.

Jaeckel Hotel Statesboro GA City Hall Blind Willie McTell Bluesman Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Blind Willie McTell played here when he lived in Statesboro. The Thomson native and iconic bluesman wrote many blues standards but is best known for his “Statesboro Blues” (famously covered by the Allman Brothers Band).

Blind_Willie_McTell_LOC_Ruby_Lomax_Atlanta_1940Photograph by Ruby Lomax, Atlanta, 1940, Library of Congress

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Town Hall & Public Library, Deepstep

Deepstep GA Washington County City Hall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

A sign you’ll see as you approach Deepstep proclaims this picturesque village to be the “Heart of Kaolin”. Considering that, there’s a lot of “chalk truck” traffic here, so use caution when photographing. Chalk truck is the name used by locals for the huge semis that move the bulk kaolin almost non-stop.

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Ideal, Georgia

Ideal GA Macon County Downtown Buildings Pool Room City Hall Post Office Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Town Hall, Sasser

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Sasser was founded in 1890 by C. W. Varner and named in honor of J. Abraham Sasser.

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City Hall, 1940, Cuthbert

cuthbert ga city hall photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Cuthbert’s Mid-Century Modern City Hall was a project of the WPA, near the tail-end of funding for the New Deal agency.  It’s a quiet  landmark of governmental architecture and utilitarian design. The bell seen below lists the names of the committee members who oversaw its construction.

cuthbert ga city hall bell photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2012

Cuthbert Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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