Category Archives: Jakin GA

Jane Donalson Harrell House, Circa 1855, Early County

There are many significant aspects to this house, not least of which is its original ownership by a woman, independent of her husband’s assets. It’s a wonderful example of a Plantation Plain converted to the vernacular Greek Revival. In consideration of resources available to me, there is some confusion as to the date of construction. While a sign on the property dates the house to 1840 and names it Echodell, the National Register nomination form [which was written over 30 years ago; new information has come from subsequent research], the property wasn’t even purchased until 1842, by Jane Donalson Harrell’s brother, Ruben Donalson. The majority of the property was later secured by his brother but four acres on the southwest section were set aside for his sister, Jane, in 1855. She and her husband, Dempsey Harrell, operated a cotton plantation here. Jane’s marriage contract stipulated that she would retain ownership of this property, a relatively uncommon arrangement in antebellum Georgia.

Around 1870 the house was inherited by a daughter’s husband, Dr. Augustus D. Shewmake. Dr. Shewmake kept a medical office and infirmary in a wing he added to the house (since removed). Also significant, he hired a governess to teach both black and white children on the plantation. This was relatively uncommon in the years following the Civil War. I hope to clarify the history as this is one of the nicest antebellum homes in this section of Georgia.

Update: Through communication with the owners I’ve learned that the house was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018. They are presently working through red tape to properly restore it.

National Register of Historic Places


Storage Barn & Pump House, Jakin

I’m only guessing as to the identity of these structures.

Shotgun Store, Jakin

My guess is that this served as a commissary or general store but it could have been a feed warehouse or an office.

Mosely Building, Circa 1910, Jakin

The right side of this building served as the Mosely Drug Company from 1910-1927. The left side was a general store, judging by the sign advertising Peters Shoes.

Lillian Gallatin recalls: You’re right – this was a General Store owned and operated by Harry Mosely. ‘Mr. Harry’ kept a box full of penny candy in his store and gave a piece to all the little kids that came into the store. His sister ‘Miss Willie’ Mosely was the first grade school teacher at Jakin School and his brother Clark was a banker in Donalsonville. My dad was a sharecropper on Mr. Clark’s farm. They were all good people but Mr. Harry was my favorite.

Jakin Library & Museum

This was likely a general store at one time. Dorothy George Taylor writes: If memory serves me right, I believe this was the store of Joe and Daisy Nunnery. I don’t really remember Mr. Joe, but I will NEVER forget Miss Daisy! My daddy was raised in & around Jakin. We were not able to visit much as daddy was in the military, but whenever we did, Miss Daisy ALWAYS handed me, then later me and my brother, a sack full of “penny candy” and gave us a 6oz bottled Coca-Cola. She always had a hug for us, always remarked how much we had grown or changed since the last time she had seen us and always, always made us feel welcomed. She and Mr. Joe are buried in the Jakin City Cemetery.

Bank of Jakin, 1912

This served as Jakin’s only bank when nearly 2000 people called the area home during the lumber boom of the early 20th century. The charter for the bank was granted to Elisha Hilton. From 1923 to 1988, it served as the post office and today is in use as the city hall.

National Register of Historic Places