Tag Archives: South Georgia Stone Veneer/Granitoid Buildings

Colonial Revival House, Hawkinsville

For as long as I can remember, this house across the street from the old hospital has been abandoned. It would be a wonderful restoration project.

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Fire Station, Helena

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Queen Anne House, Lakeland

lakeland ga queen anne house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

 

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Page Grocery, 1947, Pringle

Page Grocery Pringle GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This well-maintained country store is about all that remains of Pringle, a small village between Harrison and New Home.

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Beeline Springs, Kite

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Pool Overgrown Ruins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Approaching Kite from the east on Highway 57, you cross the Little Ohoopee River. The remains of a very large swimming pool stand between the river and the buildings discussed later in this post. Martha Claxton Hill writes: The swimming pool was called “Beeline Springs”. Earnest Claxton owned all of the land around the pool. It was a special place in its day. In a time when private pools were a domain of the wealthy, public pools such as this were among the most popular recreation spots of their day.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Pool Ruins Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Ernest Claxton’s daughter, Lynn Paul Neal penned the following remembrance in Emanuel County’s 2013 Bicentennial Celebration Book. Thanks to Mary Ann Smith for bringing it to my attention and procuring permission from Mrs. Neal to share it here.

Remember Bee Line Springs?
Earnest Claxton built the Bee Line Springs Swimming Pool and Recreation Park just outside of Kite on the Ohoopee River. It had a skating and dancing pavilion that was also used for reunions and family get-togethers.
Three artesian wells supplied icy cold water for the swimming pool. One side of the pool had dressing rooms and there were cabins that were rented on the property.
Several nationally known bands of the late 1920s and 1930s played there. Ernest would find a band enroute from Miami to New York City or vice-versa and book them to stop on their way to play for a one-night dance. These occasions drew tremendous crowds.
You can still see the old swimming pool outline thru the trees on the south side of Hwy 57 near the ‘Hoopee River.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Johnson County Granitoid Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Many public pools featured skating rinks, bowling alleys and/or restaurant, but this structure is too small to have been either of those. And Martha Claxton Hill notes that it was not here when the pool was open. Grady C. Riner writes: That block building was built years after the pool was grown over and broken. It was built as a juke joint ( in todays words a bar) It had the juke box for music and dancing. After it was closed as a juke joint it was used as a house. My aunt lived in it for years with her two young boys.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Granitoid Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

A shed-sized structure is located just to the left of the larger building.

Kite GA Little Ohoopee River Public Swimming Site Outbuilding Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Rowland’s Store, Moores Chapel

Moores Chapel GA Johnson County Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This was once the center of the Moores Chapel community, which gets its name from Moore’s Chapel Methodist Church. Tina Stephens Barrs writes: This was my Great Aunt Idean Webb Rowland and Great Uncle Clifton Rowland’s store. Not sure when it was built but probably in the mid 1900’s. And Mabry Reese McIntyre notes that Mrs. Idean dipped a lot of ice cream cones in that store. Was a good day when the school bus stopped there.

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Jay Bird Spings, Dodge County

Jay Bird Springs Motel Gum Swamp Dodge County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Jay Bird Springs has been a well-known recreation area since about 1907, when Georgia’s first public swimming pool was built utilizing the waters of a natural spring emanating in the adjacent Gum Swamp (Little Ocmulgee River). The water is thought to have healing qualities and has had thousands of devotees over the past century. It was so famous that it was delivered to homes and businesses throughout the region in the earliest years of the operation. The motel and welcome center seen above and the miniature golf course below are all I was able to photograph, as the facility is now a spiritually-based rehabilitation center and the residents were conducting Sunday services near the pool area. Even though the gentleman I spoke to said I could take a few quick shots, I declined out of respect. I do hope to get back at some time and get a few more shots.

Jay Bird Springs Miniature Golf Course Squirrel Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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