Category Archives: McIntyre GA

Sacred Heart Church, McIntyre

This church appears to have been abandoned for quite some time. I enjoy the more formal architecture of many of our historic churches but I also have a strong affinity for unpretentious places like this.


McIntyre, Georgia

General Store & Residence, Circa 1900

McIntyre may be best known today as the hometown of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, June “Mama June” Shannon, and family, but this historic community traces its origins to before the Civil War and has been a hub of the kaolin industry for generations. One of the earliest settlers of the area, in the 1840s, was Thomas McIntyre, who purchased a large tract of land near the community of Emmitt, 1½ miles east of Toomsboro. McIntyre was a native of Ireland who had come to America as an assistant of his uncle, one of the the contractors who built the Central of Georgia Railroad. In 1849 he was accidentally killed while doing repairs on the Oconee River bridge. His widow, Sarah Crowell Floyd McIntyre, a native of Washington County, traded her lands at Emmitt for a home in present-day McIntyre, and a new depot and post office were named McIntyre in 1859. The town was incorporated in 1910. -Abridged from Victor Davidson’s History of Wilkinson County.

The mercantile pictured above was built circa 1900, and the shopkeeper and his family lived upstairs. It’s in unusually good condition for a structure of this type and era.

Water Department, McIntyre

This was the office of the McIntyre water department for many years. I’m not sure if it’s still in use.

Gable Front Cottage, McIntyre

Small utilitarian homes like this were common living spaces for working families in the first half of the 20th century. They’re often overlooked in architectural and historical surveys but were integral in many communities.

Thompson’s Grocery, Circa 1920, McIntyre

Thompson’s Grocery is an iconic example of the shotgun stores that proliferated in Georgia in the first few decades of the 20th century.