Tag Archives: South Georgia Folk Victorian Architecture
These two houses were dependencies of Woodland. The front-gable example (above) is the newer of the two. Both are imminently endangered.
The Folk Victorian/Queen Anne example may have been an overseers house. (Interior view)
It’s a nice vernacular interpretation and features board-and-batten walls.
Very little history can be found regarding this extraordinary vernacular church, which I first learned of through Historic Rural Churches of Georgia. My presumption was that it served an African-American congregation, largely due to the similarity of its architecture to other examples, and this has been confirmed through the index of a rare book by Paul Kwilecki, thanks to Wenda Gaile Bailey.
Tax records date the structure to 1904, but again, this may not be accurate. The style is a vernacular interpretation of one common around the turn of the last century, particularly among African-American congregations.
It has been noted that the congregation dates to 1836, but this is highly unlikely for an African-American congregation, considering such spaces were not legal in antebellum Georgia.
I personally believe the congregation served laborers in the turpentine industry.
The late photographer Paul Kwilecki, a native of Decatur County who photographed the church in 1982, notes that it was moved to its present location circa 1952 to save it from inundation of waters brought by the construction of the Jim Woodruff Dam, a few miles to the southwest on Lake Seminole at the Georgia-Florida line.
A newer church is located on the same property, but there is no sign indicating the name of the congregation.
I hope by publishing these photographs, I will encourage someone who knows the history to share it so I can confirm questions about this critically important and critically endangered church.
Alice DeForest writes: This house belongs to Cary Williams, Sr., and Ann Ford. It was built by their great-grandfather and has been in their family a very long time…Their father, Joseph Williams, Sr., was born and raised in the home. Joe Jr. and Cary were born there also. Their grandmother Emma Williams taught school in Clyo and roomed many teachers there…