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Parker Cabin & Commissary, Wefanie

While I was out photographing with Mike McCall today, we ran into Jimmy Parker, who noted that he was born in this cabin and restored it in recent years.

This commissary was part of the family’s timber and turpentine operations and was at its busiest during World War II.

South Georgia Snowstorm, 2018

 

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W. R. Browning’s Store, Glenwood

Glenwood GA Brownings Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The W. R. Browning property is a great example of a rural general store, and it’s relatively intact compared to most I’ve encountered in my travels. It even retains an outdoor shelter.

W R Browning General Store Glenwood GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The window signage is particularly nice, especially this one, indicating that W. R. Browning was not only a shopkeeper but a lumberman, as well. I’m not a good genealogist, but I think some of the descendants of my great-great grandfather, George Franklin Browning, still live in this area. I hope to learn more about that.

W R Browning General Store We Buy Logs Window Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016The Stanback window decals are fading away, but they likely date to the 1930s or 1940s. Their survival is extraordinary.

Stanback Headache Powders Neuralgia Window Decal Brownings Store Glenwood GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Stanback was advertised as a cure “for Headache & Neuralgia”. For those who don’t know, it’s a caffeine-based headache therapy similar to Goody’s & BC powders.

Stanback Window Sign Brownings Store Glenwood GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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Filed under --WHEELER COUNTY GA--, Glenwood GA

Gresston, Georgia

Gresston GA G V Gress Dodge County Old Mercantile Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

In her History of Dodge County (Atlanta, Foote & Davies, 1932), Mrs. Wilton Philip Cobb wrote: Situated about eight miles north of Eastman, on the Southern Railway, is the little town of Gresston. This town was named for Mr. G. V. Gress, who in 1883 built one of the largest sawmills in the South at this point. In connection with the sawmill was a large dry kiln plant, the first of its kind in this section. Although here was the best yellow pine timber, which was both plentiful and cheap, the mills at that time were having trouble in disposing of their lumber…because of low price and the lack of demand. G. V. Gress was quick to see the advantage of selling a finished product, and he made a trade with a Mr. Moore, of the Moore Dry Kiln Co., to build these dry kilns, which were among the first in the South.

the Gress mill had a big advantage over the less progressive manufacturers and as a result the Gress Lumber Company built up a profitable business…

The mill town of Gresston grew and flourished for many years, but like all sawmill towns of those early days, when the mills were through and moved away, the town also went. All that is left of this once flourishing town are a few residences and a mercantile establishment and a large ginnery that are owned and operated by Ragan Brothers…Claud and R. T., of Eastman.

After retiring from the lumber business, Mr. Gress moved to Atlanta, where in 1889 he presented the city with the menagerie that would become today’s Zoo Atlanta.  He also purchased the Cyclorama in Grant Park and presented it to the city. He later moved to Jacksonville, Florida.

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Wrightsville Lumber Company

Wrightsville GA Johnson County Old Neighborhood Store with Shell Gas Pumps Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

J. G. Jackson notes that this was the business office of the Wrightsville Lumber Company.

Wrightsville GA Johnson County Old Shell Gas Pump Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Mr. Jackson also notes that the pumps were used to fill the operators’ trucks and not for use by the general public. In researching the pumps, I ran into a bit of difficulty regarding the one seen below. There are numerous references to Shell’s earlier Diesoline brand, but I could find nothing about Dieseline. It was probably Shell’s attempt at reviving an earlier brand.

Wrightsville GA Johnson County Old Shell Diesiline Diesoline Gas Pump Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Millhaven Plantation, Screven County

Millhaven Plantation GA Screven County Farming Operations Water Tower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Millhaven dates to 1769. It’s grown over the past two centuries into a mixed-purpose property that still includes active farming operations, timber holdings and hunting reservations. Today, it’s owned by William S. Morris III of the Morris Communications Company, who has received awards for its conservation and management. That’s no small accomplishment considering it’s the largest farm operating as a single unit east of the Mississippi. The images that follow represent employee-related structures from the early to mid-20th century. I’d like to know more about them.

Millhaven Plantation GA Screven County Employee Housing Largest Farm East of Mississippi Abandoned Unit Red Siding Wooden Shingles Under Tin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Millhaven Plantation GA Screven County Employee Housing Farms Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Millhaven GA Screven County Plantation Hunting Lands Largest Single Unit Farm East of Mississippi River Vernacular House Screen Porch Yellow Siding Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’m not sure if the building below was a home or if it had a more public use.

Millhaven GA Screven County Plantation Largest Single Unit Farm East of Mississippi River Commissary Office Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Gay Wood Company, Jeffersonville

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C. W. Deen House, 1897, Baxley

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This is the grandest home in Baxley, made more so by all the azaleas in bloom. If you’ve ever passed north through the town on U. S. Highway 1, you’ve undoubtedly seen it. Begun in 1894 and completed in 1897, it was built for C. W. Deen. The house was designed by Joseph J. Johnson, a prominent architect and builder responsible for a number of local landmarks, including the county courthouse, a bank, a church, and several other residences. Deen was a timber and naval stores opoerator and one of the leading businessmen and landowners in Appling County at the turn of the last century. He also operated a grist mill and store in Baxley. In 1901, he became a leader in a project hoping to bring a sugar refinery to Appling County. Despite a large investment, this project was unsuccessful. In 1906 he became involved with the development of the town of Alma. Deen moved his family to Lakeland, Florida, in 1908, but remained active in the business affairs of Baxley and Appling County. The home was purchased by W. Hughes & Carrie Rogers in 1909. Mrs. Rogers was a co-founder of the Baxley Women’s Club.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --APPLING COUNTY GA--, Baxley GA