Category Archives: –CALHOUN COUNTY GA–

Shotgun House, Calhoun County


Commercial Ruins, Arlington

The store on the left was once known as Dillman’s, and I’m guessing it was a grocery or department store. I haven’t identified the store on the right, but it has a great facade. These structures date to the early 20th century.

Central Hallway Cottage, Arlington

Neoclassical Revival House, 1926, Arlington

This fine Neoclassical Revival mansion appears to be undergoing restoration.

Georgian Cottage, Arlington

This cross-gable Georgian Cottage is one of the finest homes in Arlington, and an exemplar of the form.

Saddlebag House & Ford Custom Pickup, Leary

The truck is at least 40 years old and the house is early 20th century. Two workhorses, from 2019.

Historic Storefront, Leary

This was located beside the old Bill Sheppard Ford dealership and behind the Bridges Pharmacy/Harpe Grocery building. The photo dates to 2012, so I’m not sure if this is still standing.

Old St. Maryland Baptist Church, Leary

Saint Maryland Missionary Baptist Church is one of the oldest and most historic African-American congregation in Calhoun County, dating to the time of slavery. This structure, likely built in the early 20th century, was replaced by a more modern facility next door in the late 1970s. Member Shirley Barnes suggests that the congregation would like to restore the old church building and is open to suggestions.

I am not sure how it got its interesting name, but perhaps it was a nod to the importance of Maryland in the Underground Railroad. That’s just a guess.

According to their website: This church was organized by black citizens in 1857.  The White citizens of Leary and Morgan came together and granted the Black citizens permission to hold meetings in the old building across the yard from our present building.  The Blacks held services on the second Sunday in each month and the Whites held service on the first Sunday. They also assisted in the appointing of our first pastor in 1857.  His name was Min. Verge Pittman.  The second pastor was Min. H. E. McKinley.  We do not know how long they served.

Old Jail, Leary

Thanks to Don King, former police chief of Leary, I can confirm that this was the old jail/calaboose. Mr. King writes: This is the old jail. It was once located where the library is now. The old jail was purchased by the peanut mill and moved there. The library (block building) was once the jail that replaced the wooden jail structure.

Main Street, Leary, Circa 1950

Leary, Circa 1950, Photographer Unknown. Courtesy John McKinney

Leary is one of my favorite little towns to explore in Southwest Georgia  and in the past decade I’ve seen most of these structures vanish from Main Street. John McKinney shared this photo, circa 1950, to help put things into perspective. The Boyd monument, which is now in a green space at the end of the street, is seen here in its original location.