Tag Archives: South Georgia Restorations

Gregory Cabins, Dooly Campground

Among the “tents” or cabins remaining at Dooly Campground, these are the most authentic in spirit. [The following information comes from the 2013 Keep Vienna Beautiful Christmas Tour of Homes booklet]. This cabin was originally one room built by Mrs. Lula Virginia (Lou V) Moore. There have been three significant renovations to the structure; a kitchen was added first, later a sleeping porch and bathroom were added. Jake and Ethel Gregory purchased the cabin in 1968 and added a small utility room.

Bert Gregory purchased the cabin from his great aunt and uncle in 2003 and began a complete renovation and addition.

A back porch was added, along with a master bedroom, bath and closet. There is an artesian well behind the cabin on the creek. At one time water from the well was pumped up the hill and used for the cabin…the original colors of gray with black and white trim were maintained. The cabin is affectionately known as “The Thing” to family and close friends.

This cabin was built by William Swearingen, the son of one of the founding trustees of Dooly Campground, O. P. Swearingen. The date of construction is not certain, but thought to be in the late 1920s.

It was purchased in 2004 by Bert Gregory from Melody Harrison, daughter of the late Robert and Marie Newby.  She had purchased it from her great aunt, Alice Forbes…The cabin has a working open well on the back porch that was dug by hand in one day’s time according to an account by a nearby neighbor, the late John Morgan who observed the building of the well. During reconstruction of the porch in 2006, it was discovered that the frame of the porch floor was from an old military crate, dating the porch as an addition during the 1940s…Known as “The Green Thing”, it has a spectacular view of Sandy Mount Creek. 



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Eclectic Gothic Revival House, Louisville


Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Louisville GA

Willie House, 1906, Louisville

This house was in a bad state of repair for years but has recently been restored.

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Louisville GA

Bank of Sparks, 1909

I had a nice talk with the owner of this old bank, which was built by E. J. Fuler. He showed me around the interior, which is in a bit of a mess at the moment as he is presently restoring it. It still retains the fancy tilework and marble counters. He has added a section at the rear which will house an indoor shooting range. The building will not only retain its historic integrity but intrusive renovations made in the later days of its use as a bank will be removed.

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Filed under --COOK COUNTY GA--, Sparks GA

Staunton Post Office, Circa 1890, Cook County

Today, Staunton is virtually indistinguishable from Lenox. It is located on the edge of the Lenox city limits and I understand that it was a historic railroad stop. The post office operated from 1890-1923, which probably mirrors the existence of the village as a separate entity. Two other important historic structures survive here: the Sim Harrell House and the T. P. Daughtrey House. Signage on U. S. Highway 41 distinguishes the neighborhood from Lenox proper.

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Filed under --COOK COUNTY GA--, Staunton GA

Jones Farmhouse, Circa 1890, Telfair County

This Queen Anne farmhouse was built by Middleton Jones and was later the home of his son Archie Jones. After many years of decline, it was recently restored by Norman and Sabrina Sellers Varnadoe. The property, which features an open-air chapel among other amenities, is now an event venue known as DoeLee. Sabrina explains that the name is taken from Norman’s last name (Varnadoe) and her middle name (Lee). It’s a beautiful place, located “out in the country” near Lumber City.


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Dismuke Storehouse, 1899, Americus

Built as a grocery store in 1899 by Joseph H. Dismuke, this structure also served his family as a residence. Dismuke was the nephew of Elbert Head, a well-to-do black farmer and philanthropist, from whom he initially acquired the property. It was sold to Janice Coleman in 1919 and briefly owned by W. C. Flatt before being purchased in 1922 by John Minyard, who added a cafe. The cafe was so popular, especially on weekends and special occasions when it sold alcohol, that the neighborhood came to be known as”Minyard’s Bottom”. The Minyards got out of the business by the 1950s and Earnest Wilson, then his son Clyde, ran a barbershop here until Clyde’s illness in 1978.

These memories come from Karl Wilson’s (Clyde’s son) “History of the Storehouse”, written in 1985.

[The storehouse was originally located about 20 feet closer to the corner of the lot but was moved during infrastructural modifications in the neighborhood in 1987].

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Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA