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Board-and-Batten Tenant Farmhouse, Bacon County

Bacon County GA Iowa River Road Tenant House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Iowa River Road is one of the most unusual names for any road I know of in South Georgia. I have no idea why it’s called that, but it’s a really nice drive.

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Campground United Methodist Church, 1942, Bacon County

Historic Campground Methodist Church Bacon County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Situated in a grove of old Georgia pines, Campground is the oldest congregation in Bacon County and one of the earliest Methodist churches in the interior of South Georgia. Legend maintains that Bishop Asbury, “Prophet of the Long Road”, hitched his horse here around 1800. A granite marker placed in 1942 is the source of this information. That’s likely the date the present church was constructed. L. E. Pierce was the pastor at the time.

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Carter’s Hamburgers, Alma

This restaurant is a longtime landmark on U. S. Highway 1.

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Hotel Alma, 1938

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Ralph Deen wrote: Thanks a bunch for including this pic of The “New” Alma Hotel. My father, Braswell Deen, Sr., built this and operated it very successfully until WWII broke out and gas-rationing was the order of the day….virtually eliminating “traveling salesmen”.

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Bacon Lodge No. 56 F. & A. M., Alma

bacon lodge f a m alma ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Like many Masonic lodges in Georgia, the Bacon Lodge has been home to other businesses during its history.

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Quik Chik, Alma

alma ga quik chik sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

“IF THE COLONEL HAD OUR RECIPE, HE WOULD BE A GENERAL!”

This sign was altered by 2013 and no longer has this appearance.

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Folk Art Mural, McRae

mcrae ga henry llee gorham small grove folk art photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

I’ve driven past this a hundred times, and stopped for the first time only today. It occupies nearly an entire side of a small rectangular concrete block structure and heralds the work of folk artist Henry Lee Gorham.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, Coffee

coffee ga bacon county abandoned tar paper farmhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

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General Store, Coffee

coffee ga general store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The was a general store for many years, owned by the Carter family, I believe; when I photographed it, it had recently served as the Restoration Temple House of Prayer. Amy H. Carter wrote in 2011 that the store burned in late 2010.

 

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The Mule Roundup, Guysie

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James and Barbara Spires and family graciously open their beautiful farm each year to showcase those curious creatures we call mules at the famous Mule Roundup in Guysie. (There’s also a Mule Day, in Calvary, Georgia). I photographed the sign, a landmark in its own right, in 2009. The photos that follow were made at the 16th Annual roundup in 2010. A nice history of the festival can be found here.

UPDATE: Sadly, the Mule Roundup has ceased operation.

guysie mule roundup whites photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Hands down this is one of the best festivals in South Georgia, with mule competitions, old-fashioned cane grinding, cloggers, and gospel and country singers, as well as antique automobiles, and plenty of vendors and fun for the kids.

mule roundup guysie ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The best part about it is that it doesn’t feel like a festival; it feels like you were just invited over for a hoe-down on the farm! Don’t forget to stop by the Guysie General Store and buy a souvenir of your visit. They have great t-shirts!

guysie mule roundup art bennett photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Art Bennett (right) with a friend, calling the mules.

guysie ga mule roundup wagon photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

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guysie ga mule roundup spotted horse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

guysie ga mule roundup horseback riding photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

guysie mule roundup festival photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

guysie mule roundup horse trailer photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

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