Tag Archives: South Georgia Libraries

Old Library, Willacoochee

This log building once served as the Willacoochee library. It has most recently been used as a thrift shop by the United Methodist Church.

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Filed under --ATKINSON COUNTY GA--, Willacoochee GA

The Scout House, 1928, Fort Gaines

Under the leadership of Methodist minister Emmett Emerson Gardner, the local Boy Scout troop cut, notched, and scraped the logs and erected this cabin for use as their lodge.

Originally consisting of two rooms, the cabin was later remodeled for use as the first library in Fort Gaines.

It’s located adjacent to the Toll House.

 

 

 

 

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Filed under --CLAY COUNTY GA--, Fort Gaines GA

Jakin Library & Museum

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This was likely a general store at one time.

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Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Jakin GA

Ludowici Community House & Library

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This was best known as Ludowici’s’ community house and library but in recent years it was a clubhouse for the Wingmen Motorcycle Club. Sadly, it was lost to fire in 2015.

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Filed under --LONG COUNTY GA--, Ludowici GA

Warthen Law Office, 1860s, Sandersville

Warthen Law Office Transylvania Club Old Library Sandersville GA Washington County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This neoclassical gem has a fascinating history. There is some confusion as to its date of construction. Some sources suggest that it’s antebellum (which wouldn’t surprise me) while prominent architectural historian John Linley put its construction shortly after the Civil War. Ray Irwin, whose husband is a descendant of Warthen, shared this, which should clear it up: It was built before the Civil War. There is a partially burned book formally owned by R. L. Warthen with the inscription in the front that states the book was scorched by a fire set in his office in November 1864 by General Wm. T. Sherman of the U.S. Army. It is signed by RLW. It is believed that his office fire was a result of the burning of the Wash. Co. Courthouse. The book is in the Brown House Museum.

Colonel Richard Lee Warthen built this as his home and law office. In 1925, the Transylvania Club moved here. The club was founded in 1908 by Mrs. C. B. Chapman and soon thereafter, at the suggestion of President Mary Tarbutton, set about establishing a public library for Sandersville. They opened to the public, with over 7,000 volumes, in the Masonic Hall in 1909. That structure was lost to fire in 1921. The ladies of the Transylvania Club moved forward and acquired enough books to reopen the library here in 1925 where it remained until 1998. It’s still home to the Transylvania Club. They’re perhaps best known for their Wedgwood series of Georgia Historical Plates.

Sandersville Commercial & Industrial District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WASHINGTON COUNTY GA--, Sandersville GA

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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Filed under --WASHINGTON COUNTY GA--, Deepstep GA

Old Presbyterian Church, Sylvester

Sylvester GA Worth County Old Church Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Originally the Presbyterian Church, this also served as the library for many years.

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Mount Vernon Library

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Located on the courthouse square, this L-shaped served as the town library for many years. Thanks to Andrew Carey for the identification. I’m unsure of its present use.

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Filed under --MONTGOMERY COUNTY GA--, Mount Vernon GA

Marshallville Public Library, Circa 1928

historic marshallville ga public library photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2012

One of Georgia’s smallest public libraries serves as a memorial to one of its patrons, Jacob Walter Frederick (1851-1928).

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Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Marshallville GA

Central of Georgia Depot, 1926, Reynolds

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In 2002, this depot was renovated by architects Tribble & Richardson for use as a library. Much of the original appearance and material was retained.

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Filed under --TAYLOR COUNTY GA--, Reynolds GA