Category Archives: –LIBERTY COUNTY GA–

Vernacular Craftsman Cottage, Allenhurst

This house is a shotgun form with added Craftsman details.


Hip-Roof Cottage, Walthourville

The Neoclassical details on the porch and transom and sidelights add architectural interest to this otherwise simple house. It’s located near the historic Johnson Lodge.

Single-Pen Cottage, Freedmen’s Grove

This utilitarian cottage is a landmark of the Freedmen’s Grove community. The original form appears to have been single-pen, or perhaps chattel-style, with later expansions.

Dorchester Consolidated School, 1938, Liberty County

The Dorchester Consolidated School was built in 1938 to replace the original 1927 schoolhouse which was lost to fire. It was a consolidation of smaller schools in Sunbury, Colonel’s Island, Riceboro, and Jackson Chapel. It closed in 1951 due to more consolidation by the county. It has served as the community civic center since being sold in 1958 and was completely renovated in 2010.

I cannot confirm it at this time, but due to the 1938 construction date, it was likely a New Deal project.

Cay Creek, Liberty County

Cay Creek is a tidal waterway in eastern Liberty County, originating near Midway and meeting the coast near Harris Neck. Originally known as Salter’s Creek, it was renamed Cay Creek for Raymond Cay, Sr. (1805-1883), who owned a plantation near the present-day Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center. The relatively short waterway features an amazing variety of ecosystems, including upland forest, open wetland, tidal swamp, brackish marsh, and finally tidal creek.

Winged-Gable Cottage, Liberty County

I made this photo in 2011 and the house has been a landmark in my travels in Liberty County for years. I’m not sure it’s still standing.

Seabrook Village, Liberty County

Old Seabrook School, Circa 1905

Seabrook Village is a restored African-American community, depicting life among freedmen and their descendants from 1865-1930, and is one of the most unique living history museums in Georgia. [Unfortunately, hours are inconsistent and it’s not always accessible]. The pending loss of the little one-room schoolhouse pictured above is what drove the community to come together to preserve their historic resources. While it may seem abandoned and in a state of disrepair, it’s actually an authentic look into the challenges most Black Georgians faced on a daily basis from Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era. The Seabrook community was established through land grants dictated in General William T. Sherman‘s Field Order No. 15 in 1865. This was the policy which became known as “Forty Acres and a Mule” and it afforded many former slaves the opportunity to settle land they had once worked as laborers.

The offices of the Seabrook Village Foundation are located at the adjacent Eddie Bowens Farm house.

Delegal-Williams House, Circa 1880

Meredith Belford writes of this house: [it] was moved from Trade Hill Road and fully restored at Seabrook Village in 1994. It was the home of Georgia Ann Delegal who was the child of freed slaves. Despite having limited education, her parents became very successful after their emancipation and amassed several hundred acres of land in the Seabrook and Trade Hill communities. They donated land for the original site of the Seabrook School and the present site of the Sunbury Missionary Baptist Church when it was moved from Sunbury to Seabrook in 1917. The house reflects their elevated status within the community.

Gibbons-Woodard House, Circa 1891

This house was built by Pompey and Josephine Gould and was originally located near Dorchester Station. It was donated by Lula Gibbons and moved and restored in 1994.


This is a typical “one-seater”, built with scrap materials that were on hand.

Sam Ripley’s Corn Crib, Circa 1930s

According to the Seabrook Village Foundation, this corn crib was restored using original methods and tools. It was originally located at the Sam Ripley Farm.

Craftsman Cottage, Circa 1936, Hinesville

This is actually a shotgun form with Craftsman details on the front.

Hinesville First United Methodist Church, 1942

This church was built in 1942 and dedicated in 1944. This photograph dates to 2011 and the structure is now gone, replaced by a newer facility in the past few years. The main sanctuary building, next door, was completed in 1985 and is still in use.

From the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, a bit of background on the congregation: In 1837, when the town of Hinesville was laid out, a plot was reserved for the Methodist Church. This site was adjacent to the courthouse, where Bradwell Park is now. A small frame building was built on the lot reserved for the church and it was there that Methodism in Hinesville began to grow. By 1845, the church had a Sunday school and, by 1890, the Woman’s Missionary Society had twenty-five members. In March 1900, a group of Hinesville ladies banded together to form a Ladies Aid Society which made special efforts to raise funds for the church building. In 1901, this group paid for new shingles for the roof, two chandeliers, and six bracket lamps...Under the pastorate of Rev. C. B. Ray, construction of a new church began in 1941 [the one pictured here]. Work was completed in 1942, under Rev. J. W. Patterson, and was dedicated on September 4, 1944, with Bishop Arthur J. Moore delivering the dedicatory sermon.

Zum Rosenhof, Hinesville

Hinesville Bank Building, 1911

Located in the old Hinesville Bank building, Zum Rosenhof is an authentic German restaurant and grocery that’s been a downtown favorite for many years.