Thanks to Mike McCall for sharing this photograph. This Plantation Plain house, which was located near the traffic light in Ludowici, has been gone for quite a few years. I’ll share more information when I have it.
Tag Archives: South Georgia Vernacular Architecture
Jan Stokes notes that Charlie Newcomer, Sr., built this hunting cabin on Spring Lake Creek in the early 1940s and it’s still in use today. Spring Lake Creek is a tributary of the Ocmulgee River near the Wilcox-Ben Hill County line and is fed by one of several springs in the area. I spent many holidays here in my youth swimming and exploring the surrounding woods. The spring-fed water was so cold that we cooled our watermelons in it. I made this photo in 1986.
This simple gable front farmhouse has been a landmark in my travels between Fitzgerald and Irwinville all my life. Angie Sheffield Winn writes: The house originally belonged to Marshall Brown. He deeded it, along with five acres, to Jack and Gussie Leaphart to build a tractor repair shop on, in order to keep a tractor mechanic in the neighborhood. This is an edit of a film photograph made in 2001.
This house seemed sure to be lost, as it sat abandoned for many years, but luckily it had a happy ending. It was restored. It’s a central hallway farmhouse with a long addition at the rear. This photograph dates to 2001 and is among my earliest.
Dr. Johnny Young notes that this was once the home of his grandparents (Mr. & Mrs. J. R. F. Young) and his father (S. B. Young). They lived here from at least 1912 until 1927, when they built another home nearby. The Young family were among the earliest settlers of this area, the northwestern corner of present-day Ben Hill County.
I believe the lower floor of this landmark was once the office of Fitzgerald’s first black physician, Dr. Edward Toomer. The structure has been historically known as a boarding house, primarily for black railroad men. Though other businesses have been located here, its connection to Dr. Toomer is certainly the most significant aspect of its history. Sadly, it was demolished in the spring of 2017.