Category Archives: Claxton GA

Roberts-Scott House, Circa 1910, Claxton

This home was built by Gilliard Roberts, an early African-American entrepreneur who had businesses in Savannah and Claxton. It was later owned by Walter & Mattie Scott, Julius Caesar Banks, and served as a boarding house and apartment house for teachers.


Clara Varnedoe House, Claxton

Built by Aaron Strickland, this late Queen Anne cottage is the oldest house in Claxton. I’m unable to confirm a date, but it likely dates to the late 1890s or early 1900s. “Miss Clara” Varnedoe,  who served as Evans County School Superintendent from 1929-1940, lived here for many years.

Manse Tippins House, Circa 1902, Claxton

W. L. Newton House, 1923, Claxton

One of the “Collins Row” houses, this Craftsman bungalow was built for W. L. Newton and his wife, Ada Collins Newton.

Collins House, 1892, Claxton

Built for a Mr. Carr in 1892, this Queen Anne house was purchased by the Collins family in 1894. As each of the Collins children grew up, they were given a lot on the block. The neighborhood was known as “Collins Row” and was ruled by Maggie Collins, who was lovingly known as “Big Chief”.

Source: Evans County Centennial Commission, Driving Tour of Historic Homes & Landmarks, Claxton, 2014.


Railroad Avenue, Claxton

Claxton GA Evans County Historic Storefronts Railroad Avenue Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Claxton’s historic downtown area retains several significant structures.

Claxton GA Evans County Railroad Avenue Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Hot Boiled Peanuts, Claxton

Hot Boiled Peanuts Roadside Vendor Claxton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Hot boiled peanuts really are a sort of Southern caviar. If you don’t understand, you probably never will. But as any Southerner will tell you, we love ’em down here! Georgia leads the nation in peanut production, so there are plenty to go around. Roadside vendors like this one are a link to the past and no small town in South Georgia is worth its salt if it doesn’t have at least one. Amanda Jones Little says this seller “has the best in town” and nice produce, as well.


Canoochee River, Claxton


The Canoochee, which originates in Emanuel County, is the largest tributary of the Ogeechee, which it joins near Savannah. It flows southeastward along the boundaries of Candler and  Evans counties, then passes through Fort Stewart before joining the Ogeechee in Bryan County. It has the dubious distinction of having the largest water snakes in Georgia. It can be accessed at Rocks River Park, just north of Claxton on U.S. 301.


Claxton High School, 1922

Now used as Claxton Middle School, this was designed by Willis Irvin, an architect based in Aiken and Augusta.

claxton high school photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011