Category Archives: –EMANUEL COUNTY GA–

Central Hallway Farmhouse, Emanuel County

This farmhouse is typical of the common central hallway form, with additions. It may have been part of what was once known as Gray Mule Farm, but I can’t confirm that at this time.

Kent-Brown Farm, Emanuel County

The structures of this historic farm have long been abandoned but indicate that it was once a very prosperous operation. The Victorian farmhouse (above) is nearly gone.

A garage and hay barn remain on the property.

Brown Farmhouse & Commissary, Emanuel County

This historic farm is still largely intact, with barns and outbuildings, as well as the commissary seen below. The house dates to circa 1900 and the commissary circa 1920.

One-Room Schoolhouse, Emanuel County

A sign on the back of this structure identifies it as a school. It’s a great example of rural school architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and has been nicely preserved.

Folk Victorian Farmhouse, 1880, Emanuel County

This vernacular Queen Anne farmhouse has been in the same family for many years. I had a nice visit with the owner and we talked about this year’s abysmal pecan crop and the fact that both our families still harvest the nuts by hand.

Hip-Roof Tenant Farmhouse, Emanuel County

St. Paul Church, Emanuel County

Hay & Stock Barn, Emanuel County

Unidentifed “Big Barn”, Emanuel County

This is one of six known barns of this style located within about a 30-mile radius in Southeast Georgia. As a group, they are a significant vernacular resource among agricultural structures in the Coastal Plain. They were likely copied from memory or inspired by patterns seen in plan books but their prevalence in such a small geographical area is more than coincidence. Since the best known barn, at the old Coleman Farm, is known locally as the “Big Barn” and even has a road named for it, I’m calling these all “Big Barns”, even though the two at the Brinson farm are much smaller versions. All the barns, except for a garage barn at the Coleman Farm (now lost), are hay/stock barns and are characterized by ornamental trellis work. This one seems to be the most vulnerable. I’m sharing the other examples below.

“Big Barns” of Southeast Georgia

Coleman Barn, Candler County
Coleman Garage Barn, Candler County
Rushing Barn, Bulloch County
Brinson Barn #1, Emanuel County
Brinson Barn #2, Emanuel County

General Store, Emanuel County

Single-Pen Log House, Emanuel County

I find a few of these amazing vernacular landmarks in my travels, and sometimes they have been moved and are used as everything from barns to hunting lodges. They also usually contain an added room, for obvious reasons. This one appears to have been recently exposed by the cleaning of brush and likely has always been at this location.