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Gresham Gymnasium, Norman Park

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Norman College Administration Building, 1949, Norman Park

This originally served as the administration building for Norman College. A granite marker commemorates the history of the college, with the First Baptist Church in the background. Jim Howard notes: This building replaced the building destroyed by fire in 1945, completed and occupied in January 1949. The public high school used the premises along with junior college students

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Brand Hall, 1904, Norman Park

Though most recently known as the Georgia Baptist Conference Center, the Norman Park campus began in 1900 as the Norman Institute, a school for first grade through high school. It was named for the Norman family, who had been among its largest benefactors and organizers. In the 1920s a junior college curriculum was added and in 1928 the name was changed to Norman Junior College. With an expanded curriculum, it became Norman College in 1951. Due to declining enrollment, the institution was closed in 1971. The Georgia Baptist Convention assumed the assets and liabilities of the college and the Norman Baptist Assembly opened in summer 1971. As of 2016, the property has been transferred to Shorter College, based in Rome.

Brand Hall is the oldest structure associated with the Norman Park Institute, having originally served as a dormitory.

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Georgia Normal College & Business Institute Dormitory, Abbeville

abbeville ga two story folk victorian photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Best known as the Shedd House today, this landmark originally served as a boarding house/dormitory for the Georgia Normal College & Business Institute, which was located across the street. The school opened in 1899 and this house is its only surviving link, to my knowledge. A postcard of the dormitory can be seen here, but it depicts a much larger building with the same architecture. This leads me to believe this may just be a portion of that original structure, also referred to as the Central Hotel. According to Doni Helms, whose grandfather Shedd owned the building after its public use, it also served as a boarding house for railroad workers for a time. He recalls that the brass room numbers could still be found on the doors when they first moved in. Doni has written a book about his experiences in this house and growing up in Abbeville called Tales from 316 Depot Street.

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Early Postcard Views of Tifton

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Love Avenue Methodist Church Dirt Streets Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Love Avenue and Methodist Church, Circa 1907

I’ve been collecting antique postcards of South Georgia towns since I was in college, beginning in 1988. I recently inherited a large collection and like to share them from time to time. Most of these were not used, but they date from 1905-1915.

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Class of Stump Pullers ABAC 2nd District Ag School Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Class of Stump Pullers, Second Congressional District Agricultural School (Known as ABAC today)

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Myon Hotel Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Hotel Myon, Circa 1912

Tifton GA Early View of Downtown Business Section Antique Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Business Section

Tifton GA Antique Postcard Early Automobile Dirt Road Pine Trees Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing SOuth Georgia USA 2014

Through the Pines, Near Tifton

TIfton GA Antique Postcard E L Vickers House Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

E. L. Vickers Residence

As it looks today.

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Baptist Female College Dormitory, 1852, Cuthbert

cuthbert ga baptist female college dormitory villa nova photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2012

Variously known locally as the Muse-Dews-Gay-Martin-Blaskow House, this structure, which has been enlarged and improved during its long history, was originally built by a Baptist minister known as “Uncle Tommy” Muse for use as the dormitory of the Baptist Female College of Southwest Georgia. The school was also known as the Cuthbert Female College. It operated until 1863 and was briefly reopened a few times into the 1870s. By the 1880s the property was given to the state and from then on was used for private residences.

cuthbert ga baptist female college dormitory photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2012

Kathy Wagoner shared these photos made while her uncle, George Blaskow,  lived here in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s nice to see how it looked as a residence.

George Blaskow Residence Baptist Female College Dormitory Vintage 1972 Photographs Cuthbert GA Landmark Randolph County Courtesy of Kathy Wagoner for Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

George Blaskow Residence Baptist Female College Dormitory Vintage Late 1960s Early 1970s Photographs Cuthbert GA Landmark Randolph County Courtesy of Kathy Wagoner for Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

George Blaskow Residence Baptist Female College Dormitory Vintage Kodachrome Photographs Azaleas in Bloom Cuthbert GA Landmark Randolph County Courtesy of Kathy Wagoner for Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

National Register of Historic Places

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Old Main (Andrew College), 1892, Cuthbert

old main andrew college cuthbert ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Andrew College, originally known as Andrew Female College, was the second college in America to grant degrees to women, beginning in 1854. It operated as a four-year women’s college until 1917, when it became a two-year school. In 1956, it became coeducational.  During the Civil War, classes ceased and the school was used as a Confederate hospital. In 1892, Andrew’s structures burned to the ground but thanks to fundraising by the community, Old Main was built that same year.

Cuthbert Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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