Category Archives: Collins GA

B. B. Edwards House, 1919, Claxton

Yet another of the “Collins Row” homes, this was built by  Joe Hendrix for B. B. & Myrtie Collins Edwards and was owned by her descendants for several generations.


Pyramidal Roof House, Collins


This is one of two such tenant houses standing side by side. Both are on the verge of collapse. If they’re still standing in the winter, I’ll rephotograph them.

Gable Front Houses, Collins


Approaching Collins from the east on Georgia Highway 292 (Manassas Street) there are several vernacular gable front houses in varying states of disrepair.


This was a very common style from the early to mid-20th century, found in both rural and urban settings.


Central Hallway Cottage, Collins

Collins GA Vernacular House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

For a small town, Collins has lots of neat structures. This little house is one of my favorites.

Wilds House, Circa 1900, Collins

Wilds House Collins GA Tattnall Count Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is one of the finest old homes in Collins. It’s a variation of a common style in the area.

W. L. Morris House, 1908, Collins


This wonderfully maintained house is among the nicest in Collins and a regional Victorian landmark. Marly Youmans writes: My grandparent’s Queen Anne style home. Built by William Leicester Morris for his bride, Lila Eugenia Arnold Morris.

I couldn’t resist sharing this excerpt from “The Magnolia Bouqet”, a remembrance by Ms. Youmans. There’s more, but you’ll have to read it on her blog. I think you’ll enjoy her writing.

W. L. Morris (January 10, 1869-September 22, 1955) was born in Washington Country, Georgia; he had a store in Collins, and he built public buildings and residences. The house he constructed for my grandmother is a major site in the world of my imagination and has appeared in a number of my stories. Fig trees, grape arbors, a towering persimmon tree, wonderful porches, raised house pillars, Queen Anne towers and porches, a well on a porch, outbuildings, and many other elements of that magical realm still are places to “go” in my mind.

He and my grandmother had nine children, eight of whom survived to adulthood. They could not have been more surprised by the last baby–my mother, the “miracle child.” W. L. and Lila were old-fashioned pillars of their community, devout people who added a good deal of beauty to the world. They lived creative lives, my grandfather with his house-building and carpentry, my grandmother with her needlework and household arts. Her pantry was a wondrous thing. Their lives were very “dense” and full with labor, creation, gardening, child-rearing, and strong religious belief that gave shape and meaning to all else.

Will & Kate Collins House, Collins


Thanks to Kathryn Braswell Hochman for the identification.

Old Collins School


This is now privately owned. I don’t know when it was built but I’d guess during the Great Depression or just a bit earlier.

Old Collins Gymnasium


This was built for the school next door; it’s been restored and is now used as a community center and available for rentals. Many of these old gyms have fallen into ruin so it’s nice to see this one in good condition.