Category Archives: –BRYAN COUNTY GA–

Shuman’s Lumber Supply, Bryan County

This store has a Pembroke address but is really out in the country and closer to the Lanier community. This photo dates to circa 2012 and the front has recently been sided with a stucco-like material. It doesn’t look the same.

Marcia O. McCoy writes: Shuman’s Lumber Supply (Shuman-Owens Supply Company) was sold to J. Harry Owens in 1989. The business was relocated to 769 East Bacon Street in Pembroke, Ga. and is still owned and operated by Harry’s daughter (Marcia Owens McCoy) and her daughters (Tiffany Zeigler , Hannah Deloach). This business will be celebrating their 60 year anniversary on April 1, 2023!! Jack Shuman did own the gas station across the street from the building supply.


Unidentified Store, Bryan County

Here’s one more item from my archives, circa 2016. Obviously, this place is going back to the elements. My guess is that it was a store of some sort, perhaps a beer joint, barber shop, or even an office. If memory serves me correctly, it was just a couple of miles west of Pembroke on US 280.

Folk Victorian Farmhouse, Bryan County

I made this photograph in 2016 and never published it because I was hoping to get a better view at some point. I can’t recall where in Bryan County it was located, but I believe it was somewhere between Black Creek and Ellabell. This may not be the case, and if anyone recognizes it, please get in touch.

Keller Community Baptist Church, Bryan County

Because the architecture looks more domestic than institutional, I’m not sure if this building was always a church. For many years it was home to the Keller Community Baptist Church and is located next door to the historic Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church.

Kilkenny Creek, Bryan County

This small tidal creek [sometimes cited as the Kilkenny River] gets its name from Kilkenny Plantation, which was built along its banks in the 1840s. It’s located to the west of Ossabaw Island.

10 Places: Black History in Coastal Georgia

Our Top Ten post was so popular that I’ve decided to try to do one of these each month. For Black History Month, I thought these would be timely. There may be a greater concentration of historic African-American-related sites on the coast than anywhere else outside Atlanta, but like all history on the coast, they are under constant threat from population growth and changes in land use and land value.

#1- 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Darien

#2- Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1928, & Good Shepherd School, 1910, Pennick

#3- Praise House, Bolden

#4- Dorchester Academy Boys’ Dormitory, 1934, Midway

#5- African-American Madonna Monuments of Camden County

#6- Lambright House, Freedmen’s Grove

#7- Sam Ripley Farm, 1926, Liberty County

#8- Freeman’s Cottage, Circa 1820, Savannah

#9- George Washington Carver School, 1939, Keller

#10- First African Baptist Church at Raccoon Bluff, Circa 1900, Sapelo Island

Folk Victorian House, 1904, Groveland

Central Hallway House Ruins, 1894, Groveland

This house is of a form very common in late-19th-century Georgia.

Floyd Farm Tobacco Barns, Pembroke

Just outside Pembroke, this row of tobacco barns is reminiscent of a scene that was once common throughout Georgia. Productive farmers often situated their tobacco barns in close proximity on dirt lanes like this one.

While many wouldn’t expect to find tobacco cultivation near the coast, northern Bryan County, where Pembroke is located, is more similar to inland Georgia than Coastal Georgia.

Jan Deal Hendrix notes that the barns were originally owned by Albert Floyd and are now owned by his nephew.

The barns are in amazing condition, considering they likely date from the 1940s or 1950s.

Thanks to Linda Shaver Starling for bringing these to my attention.

Colon Floyd Shop Buildings, Pembroke