Category Archives: –JENKINS COUNTY GA–

Dirt Road, Jenkins County

I rarely meet an old dirt road I don’t like, and this one, punctuated by a dairy silo, is no exception. Even on an otherwise gloomy day, there’s nothing that says Georgia any better to me. John B. Gay writes: This is my family’s farm! I’m the 4th generation to farm here. It was a dairy farm from the 50’s till 2018. Now I raise row crops, beef cows and hogs.


Johnson Chapel Baptist Church, Jenkins County

Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is an historic Black congregation in southwestern Jenkins County, established in 1909. This chapel was replaced by a newer structure across the road in 1999 but still stands beside the cemetery.

Elam Baptist Church, Four Points

Established in 1842, the congregation of Elam Baptist Church was a major factor in the settlement of the surrounding area. The original church is no longer standing but congregants moved into the old school, saving it in the process.

Turner’s Store, Four Points

This general/grocery store once also had gasoline pumps out front and would have been an essential stop for farmers and others in this section of southern Jenkins County.

Dottie Leatherwood, who has been a friend of Vanishing Georgia for a long time, writes: My grandfather, R.L. “Boss” Turner, owned that little country store from the 20s until, I think the 60s. I have his ledger books from the 20s and 30s. So interesting. I think the original building burned and they rebuilt. My grandparents lived across from the Elam Baptist church… I have so many fond memories of Four Points and wandering all over the fields and woods as a child.Betty Bennett ran the store during the 80s-90s. I’m not sure who ran it during the 70s but it was open because I remember going there as a child.

Precinct House, Four Points

My identification of this structure is tentative. It is very similar to many precinct houses I’ve photographed throughout the state.

The Four Points community is a crossroads in Jenkins County, dominated by Elam Baptist Church and its large historic cemetery. There was never a post office here and it’s hard to find on a map, but ask a local where Four Points is located and they’ll gladly point you in the right direction. Undoubtedly, there are other places in the state which are known as Four Points. It’s a common geographical identifier.

Folk Victorian House, Thrift

This house is essentially a Georgian cottage with Victorian decorative elements.

Millen & Southwestern Railroad Depot, 1890s, Thrift

The long forgotten village of Thrift experienced its greatest growth at the turn of the 19th century with the presence of the Millen & Southwestern Railroad, though growth is a relative term. The population in 1900 was just 61.

I believe this structure to be a depot of the Millen & Southwestern and, luckily, it has been preserved by the property owners. The loading platform is missing, but otherwise the depot looks to be in good shape.

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Lodge, Butts

This congregation was established in the Butts community in 1900 and built their first church around that time. Reverend I. W. Way was the pastor. During the tenure of Reverend S. L. Archer, the church was rebuilt in 1952. It was replaced by the present structure in 1991, when Reverend Lee Hunter was pastor.

I believe the lodge is associated with the Prince Hall Masons.

Morrison Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Screven County

This historic congregation was established in 1872.

Herndon, Georgia

Math Johnson General Merchandise

Jones Lindgren writes: This store was Math Johnson General Merchandise, operated by Math (Matthew) Johnson and his wife Sarah. This was never the post office. There is a block building on the opposite side of the road that was the last post office, prior to that (late 60’s) it was located in a small wooden structure which was next door to the General store. This wooden post office burned and it moved across the road. The last post mistress was Sally Fanny Becton.

There was another store directly across from Johnson’s store which was run by the Stovers.

There was railroad station located here until the early 1960’s. The railroad sold it to a local farmer who moved it to his farm to use as a barn.

Other than the generous history that Mr. Lindgren has shared with Vanishing Georgia, history relating to Herndon has been difficult to locate and what I have found has been difficult to confirm. Volume III of Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, published in 1906 describes Herndon as a village of Jenkins County…located on the Central of Georgia Railroad about ten miles west of Millen, and in 1900 reported a population of 200. It has a money order post office, an express office, stores with good local trade and does some shipping.

A post office operated at Herndon from 1858-1971.