Tag Archives: South Georgia Schoolhouses

Canoe-Hagan School, 1932, Candler County


Located between Metter and Twin City is a Rosenwald school known as the Canoe-Hagan School. Rosenwald Schools were built through the efforts of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington and thousands of volunteers all over the South. Their purpose was to provide industrial education to rural blacks at a time when Southern states were barely providing them school buildings, let alone a proper education.

Thanks to James Palmer for pointing out the Rosenwald connection, and for the identification.

UPDATE: Sadly, this landmark burned to the ground on 16 June 2017.




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Bethlehem Academy, 1904, Warthen


Though it now serves as the Warthen Community Center, this Colonial Revival building was originally home to the Bethlehem Academy, associated with the adjacent church. It was chartered in 1832 and was integral to the social and academic life of the community well into the 20th century.

Warthen Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Georgia State Cotton Museum, Vienna

georgia state cotton museum vienna ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Just off I-75 at the Vienna exit you’ll notice this structure, which now serves as the Georgia State Cotton Museum. It’s a really small museum, but provides a great link between the historical importance and continued prominence of cotton in Georgia.  The building originally served as the rural Smyrna Schoolhouse (Circa 1890) and was moved here and renovated.

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Abandoned School, Seville

seville ga abandoned church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

I first thought this was an old church, but Joel Brown writes that it was a school, built to replace one that burned down.


Filed under --WILCOX COUNTY GA--, Seville GA

New Salem School, Elmodel

Elmodel GA Baker County New Salem School Historic African American Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

When I photographed this structure nearly six years ago (29 March 2010) I had no knowledge of its history. I identified it as a farmhouse, which was partially true. That was its later purpose. But the more interesting story was shared by Jessica McDaniel, who does an excellent job documenting her corner of the world at Southwest Georgia in Photographs (see link at the end of the article and please check it out). She wrote on 18 July 2011: This is…the New Salem School. It has since been moved to the Blakely Highway…It was one of the many Baker County one-room school houses. I believe that it’s the only one still standing besides the Elmodel Masonic Lodge.


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Cedar Creek School, Tattnall County

Tattnall County GA Cedar Creek Area Early 20th Century Schoolhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This is one of the best preserved country schoolhouses I’ve ever found. I tried to find it in the Educational Survey of Tattnall County, but that document is not properly formatted online. I’m calling it Cedar Creek School because that’s the neighborhood in which it’s located and I know that there was a rural school known by that name in Tattnall County. My guess is that it dates to the 1910s-1920s.


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Tazewell School, Marion County

Old Tazewell School House Marion County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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