Tag Archives: South Georgia Curiosities

Tin Man, Long County

Long County Tin Man Recycled Metal Sculpture Morgan Lake Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This recycled metal sculpture near the entrance to the Morgan Lake campground is a familiar landmark on U. S. Highway 84 between Ludowici & Jesup.

Long County Tin Man Recycled Metal Sculpture Roadside America Morgan Lake Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Crystal Lake, Irwin County

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Old Picnic Table Near the Pavilion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Due to the overwhelming response of my first post about Crystal Lake a couple of months ago, I’m sharing these outtakes to round out the July 4th holiday weekend. I think it’s an appropriate tie-in considering that Charlie Daniels played a huge Independence Day concert here in the late 1970s and for many years it was a favorite summer destination for thousands of South Georgians.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Palm Trees Pavilion Water Slides Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The palm trees weren’t natural to the park, but they sure made it feel more like the beach. Of course, water slides were always the favorite attraction for young and old alike.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Abandoned Water Park Water Slide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Lots of people have asked me about the Rampage, which was one of the most popular attractions at Crystal Lake. Here are two shots of this high-speed water slide, one from the lake bed and another from the front.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Sinkhole Rampage Waterslide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Sinkhole The Rampage Waterslide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I believe there were several of these metal mushroom umbrellas on the pavilion side of the lake.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Mushroom Umbrella Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The area known as Varsity Beach was located on the far side of the lake.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County The Other Side Varsity Beach Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It was more natural than the pavilion side and set in a nice stand of oak trees.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Natural Scrub Oak Habitat Surrounding the Water Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many hope the lake will once again be a family destination, but this is not likely.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Far Side Palm Tree Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Antique Store Giraffe, Guyton

Georgia Highway 17 Antique Store Giraffe Old Caboose Guyton GA Effingham County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

If you’re familiar with this website, you may know that I sometimes just post whimsical things I encounter in my travels. This fiberglass giraffe, beckoning customers into an antique and thrift shop on Georgia Highway 17, may just be one of the most interesting things I’ve found.

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Bartow Signpost

Bartow GA Jefferson County Sign Showing Other Bartows in America Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This sign points to other communities associated with the name Bartow.

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Lena Braswell’s Gourd Farm, Wrens

Lena Braswells Gourd Farm Wrens GA Jefferson County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Mrs. Lena Braswell has been known to generations of readers of Georgia’s Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin for being the go-to supplier of every possible variety of gourd and then some.

Lena Braswells Gourd Farm Display Wrens GA Jefferson County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Pig Monument, Washington County

Pig Monument Washington County GA Great Depression Bartow Barron Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This is one of the strangest but most heartwarming monuments you will see in Georgia.

On this spot in 1933 during the Great Depression neighbors of a farmer named Bartow Barron joined together to rescue his pig from a dry well. This monument is erected to the spirit of friendship and community so characteristic of those times.

Donors listed on the monument: Reynolds Allen, Beegee Baugh, John Burkey, Suzanne Caskey, Chris Chandler, Beaufort Cranford, Ruth Cranford, Nancy Culberson, Lee Dickens, May Donnelly, Charles W. Ennis, Noel Fowler, Floride Gardner, Emily Garner, Don Hartsfield, Myralyn Hartsfield, Goat Helton, Francis Ross Hicks, Cecil Hodges, Mary Holt, Martha Johnson, Maxa Osterman, Brenda Phillips, Rubye C. Pittman, Wesley Pittman, Randolph Puckett, Gus Pursley, Leon Thigpen, Catherine Everett Thurston, Elizabeth Tinley, and Harriett Wright.

I’m not sure when the monument was erected, but I would guess the mid-1990s. I believe a poem about this incident was published by Harold A. Martin in his book Southland and Other Poems of the South (Cherokee Publishing, 1992), which is referenced at the bottom of the marker.

Pig Monument Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Goat Town, Georgia

Goat Town GA Washington County T. Jeff Veal Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Goat Town isn’t really a town and it never was, though you can locate it on a good map. It’s just down the hill from Deepstep, whose iconic old store is also associated with the Veal family. T. Jeff Veal III, who uses his grandfather’s old country store [built circa 1920] as a workshop to build custom furniture, explained to me that a large herd of goats was kept around the corner in years gone by and the name just stuck. I’ve been here a couple of times and it never ceases to amaze me; it’s widely popular with Georgia’s backroads photographers.

Goat Town GA Washington County T. Jeff Veal Store Workshop Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Here’s a great vintage slide from around 1960, shared by Brett Schneider who bought it at an estate sale. The photographer and subject are unknown at this time, but that’s likely one of the Veal boys working on his bicycle in the background.

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UGA Football Barn Sign, Peacocks Crossing

Georgia Bulldogs Barn Sign Abandoned Store Peacock's Crossing GA Washington County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This old store at Peacock’s Crossing features regularly updated murals about the Georgia Bulldogs. Some are good and some are bad, depending on your perspective. [This one complains about the effectiveness of the University of Georgia’s head football coach Mark Richt. The artists obviously love the Bulldogs and think they could do better. No matter your loyalties, I think they make a valid point]. I photographed this one in 2010.

Georgia Bulldogs UGA Football Barn Sign Landmark Abandoned Store Peacock's Crossing GA Washington County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Check out the sign’s Facebook page.

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Town Well & Post Office, Omaha

Omaha GA Town Well in Middle of Street Stewart County Abandoned Country Store Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Thanks to Sylvette Walsh for suggesting this photograph. I don’t know how old the well is, but it’s right in the middle of the street in downtown Omaha. She notes that about 20 years ago, the well was a wooden construction with the traditional roof covering. Janice Morrison-Williams wrote that the structure behind the well, which I thought was a store, was actually the old post office.

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The Four County Bank, Allentown

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Allentown has the unusual distinction of being located in four counties: Wilkinson, Laurens, Bleckley, and Twiggs.

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