Tag Archives: South Georgia Vernacular Architecture

Howard Manor, 1884, Wrens

This was the first house built in Wrens after the town was incorporated in 1884 and it still stands as a landmark for travelers passing through on US Highway 1. I believe it was originally owned by the Railley family. Purchased by Milo Howard in the 1920s, it became a meeting place for the the John Franklin Wren Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, at the invitation of their son, Milo Howard, Jr. Upon his death in the 1990s the house was bequeathed to the chapter, which he felt shared his values of all things historic. The condition of the house isn’t as good as it appears and though many renovations have been made over the years, more are needed. I believe the ladies of the DAR will do their best to make sure this landmark is around for a long time.

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Eclectic Houses, Wrens

From the early to mid-20th century, functional utilitarian houses were replacing more formal styles for their practicality and lower cost. They are very common in small towns throughout Georgia and most were built to last.

They often feature an amalgamation of styles. Some were built “eclectic” while others evolved from very plain styles to include other elements.

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Central Hallway House, Wrens

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Davis Chapel Baptist Church, Wheeler County

This church is located just past the Towns community and near the Telfair-Wheeler county line.

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Grovania, Georgia

Besides Ellis Grocery, the old Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad freight depot is the last public landmark in Grovania. The graffiti on the passing train car seems to sum up how often you might encounter a scene like this today.

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Central Hallway House, Grovania

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Board-and-Batten Shotgun House, Tattnall County

This is part of a property that features several salvaged historic structures originally located elsewhere in the county.

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