Category Archives: Akins GA

John Benjamin Akins Farmhouse, Bulloch County

Edwin Akins writes: This was the farmhouse of my grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) He moved here after leaving the Big House on Mud Road. In 1908, he purchased 1200 acres from the Groover family, eventually owning appx. 2,100 acres. With the exception of maybe 25 acres, the land is still in the Akins family, down to the 4th and 5th generation…My grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) died on the side porch in his rocking chair with feet propped up on the brick column support from an apparent heart attack. He is buried in the Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery, located on Mud Road towards Denmark, Georgia.

Update: On 24 August 2022, Edwin Akins wrote to let us know the house is gone. Today the old house is no more. It is completely demolished and the site cleared. As if a house was never there. Makes me sad to see the old landmarks disappear from the Akins Community. I have so many fond memories of this place when my Grandparents, John B. and Keturah W. Akins lived there. It was a gathering place for the entire family, my uncles, aunts and cousins. I have no record when the house was constructed, but my Grandfather John B. moved there from the Big House on Mud Road. I do recall in the late 50’s after John B. died that my father and others added bathroom facilities for my Grandmother. Looking from the front, to the back left were the barns, stalls and feed lot. Looking from the front, to the back right, the water pump and utility house were located. At one time at the extreme left side, there was a car garage. So sad to see these changes coming to the Akins Community and Bulloch County. So much history is being destroyed and not saved for future generations.

Abandoned General Store, Akins

On 24 August 2022, Edwin Akins writes: Today is another sad day in the Akins Community, as the old country store located at the corner of Arcola Road and Mud Road is to be demolished. The store has been vacant for a number of years and has deteriorated to the point of no return. The current owner, Dennis Akins, G Grandson of John B. Akins, is in the process of clearing the lot so that someone can come in and demolish the building.
This store was constructed for my Aunt Wilma, (Aug 06, 1921-Mar 02, 1953), the youngest child of John B. Akins. She and husband, Rabun Strickland, operated the store until her death, then it was purchased and operated by her brother, Elijah and Wife, Mattie Lizzie (Futch) Akins. My Aunt Mattie then operated the store for years until her health did not permit. I have many fond memories of sitting in the swing under the front porch listening to the older folks talk. A favorite place to be when picking tobacco and needing an R C Cola and a Moon Pie for the morning break.