Tag Archives: South Georgia Ghost Towns

Brantley House, Circa 1880, Brewton

Brewton, originally spelled Bruton, was established around 1888 and was the busiest settlement in eastern Laurens County well into the early 20th century. I’ve yet to locate any history of this house, which has been abandoned for many years. It’s likely among the oldest structures remaining in the settlement. Brenda C. Lumley notes that the house is known locally as the Brantley House.

William Brantley writes: I am the grandson of the builder/owner of this house in Brewton, Georgia. It was completed around 1880. The owner was Freeman Hill Brantley.

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Warehouse, Circa 1910, Lovett

This was an old warehouse. I don’t know if it was a separate business or related to the adjacent general store.

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Grocery/General Store, Lovett

This appears to be the newest of the three commercial structures in Lovett but I have no idea as to its age. It was likely the last store open in the community.

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General Store, Circa 1907, Lovett

This is one of three commercial buildings still standing along the highway at Lovett. This may be the oldest of the three and was a general store.

 

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Blitch-Lane House, 1875, Bulloch County

In From Wiregrass to Sawgrass: The Blitch Family in the Southeast, Diana Voncelle Goolsby Hunnicutt notes that this land was originally owned by pioneer settler James Young. It passed to his son, Major Thomas Jones Young, whose widow, Laura M. Williams  Young, later married John Gideon Blitch. Blitch built the landmark house in 1875. He died just a year later, in 1876, and his brother, William Homer Blitch, Sr., became guardian of the couple’s children. William’s family sold it to Ebenezer  (Eb) Starnes Lane in 1905.

Thanks to Kenneth Dixon for sharing the history. Thanks also to Shahn-Ryan Schumacher for bringing it to my attention. The house and grounds are beautifully maintained. It is a private residence.

 

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Zebina, Georgia

I can’t locate any information about Zebina, but like so many other abandoned crossroad “ghost towns” it was probably never much more than a whistle-stop and a place where area farmers gathered to swap tales and “trade”.

The legend on the front of the store is difficult to read; the first word is indiscernible but the next words are “Cash Store”.

The Coca-Cola mural is a ghost, too.

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Railroad Crossing, Zebina

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