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Restoration of the Hotel Willard, Helena

Nearly three years ago, I reported that I had learned that this landmark, the most important surviving commercial structure in all of Telfair County, was being threatened with demolition. Soon thereafter, I learned that a local gentleman had stepped up and taken on its restoration. I’m glad to report that he has made a lot of progress, stripping paint off the brick and replacing windows. He has also done work on the interior, but it’s a slow process. I know there’s a long way to go, but how wonderful that someone chose to save this wonderful old hotel.

 

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Georgian Cottage, Lumber City

This likely dates to the 1870s or 1880s. The dormer is a later addition, I presume.

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Craftsman Cottage, Lumber City

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Watermelon Bus, Lumber City

July is peak watermelon season in South Georgia and where watermelons are grown on a large scale, old school buses with their sides cut out are put into commission to transport this important crop.

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Jones Farmhouse, Circa 1890, Telfair County

This Queen Anne farmhouse was built by Middleton Jones and was later the home of his son Archie Jones. After many years of decline, it was recently restored by Norman and Sabrina Sellers Varnadoe. The property, which features an open-air chapel among other amenities, is now an event venue known as DoeLee. Sabrina explains that the name is taken from Norman’s last name (Varnadoe) and her middle name (Lee). It’s a beautiful place, located “out in the country” near Lumber City.

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Dodge’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 1920s, Telfair County

This congregation was established in 1886 on land given by the Dodge Lumber Company. Reverend W. D. McGregor was the first pastor. The original church building was destroyed by high winds in the early 1920s and immediately rebuilt.

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Della Burch Monument, Telfair County

This exceptional monument, located in the Blockhouse Baptist Church Cemetery, was commissioned by Dr. Geiger Augustus Burch upon the death of his wife, Della Smith Burch (30 April 1878-20 January 1914). Blockhouse Baptist was organized in 1877  and built on the site of the blockhouse built by General David Blackshear during the War of 1812.

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