Category Archives: Milner GA

Swint’s Pecans & Candies, 1925, Milner

As Americana and roadside landmarks go, Swint’s Pecans & Candies fits the bill as nicely as any place in Georgia. I may be just a bit biased, having grown up in my own grandfather’s pecan orchards, but I digress. In the days before interstate highways, pecan stands were among the biggest draws for tourists traveling Georgia’s newly paved roads. Stuckey’s became the most famous, but there was also B. Lloyd’s, and scores of other smaller businesses. Georgia may be known as the Peach State, but it seems there have always been more pecans than peaches.

For me, the appeal of Swint’s lies in the fact that it’s in its original location, the same family has always owned it (three generations), and they’re still in business. When Ida Mae Woodall Swint started the business in 1925, the family was also selling gasoline and perhaps sundries from this location, but her pecan candies quickly became the star of the show. While the old building is no longer open, the business is still located just behind it, and there are still pecan trees around. This place should be on the National Register of Historic Places.

I haven’t been fortunate enough to try their candies, but I hope to soon.

Craftsman Cottage, 1930, Milner

This home has the layout of a “Georgian Cottage” but the Craftsman elements and purported build date suggest it may have had origins as a kit bungalow.

Carpenter Gothic Cottage, 1876, Milner

Carpenter Gothic simply refers to a carpenter’s interpretation of the Gothic Revival, usually guided by pattern books. Whereas most Gothic Revival homes are antebellum, the Carpenter Gothic form saw its popularity peak in the late 19th century.

United Methodist Church, 1917, Milner

The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was first established at Milner in 1870 by Reverend William H. “Uncle Billy” Graham in a one-room schoolhouse which stood just a few feet away from the present structure. Charter members were: William T. Arnold, steward and secretary; Mrs. Mary E. Arnold; Mrs. Eliza E. Bolton; Thomas A. Bolton; Mrs. C. A. Carter; Miss Georgia Crawley; Mrs. Elizabeth Clark; Miss Sarah J. Clark; J. Sherrod Clark; Miss Jennie Ford Shockley; Miss Lizzie Ford; Miss Permelia Fields; Mrs. Emily Fields; Amanda Hamilton; Sarah J. Hamilton; Seley Hamilton; Luther Holmes; Mrs. Sarah A. Holmes; Mrs. Lucinda R. Howe; Winnie Rush; Luisa Spencer; Mrs. Mary A. Sims; Margaret S. Singleton; and Lizzie E. Singleton. Dr. John P. Hunt was an important early booster and patron of the church.

The congregation worshiped in the school house until building a permanent home, west of the railroad line, in 1874. It was replaced by the present structure in 1917.

Eclectic Victorian House, Circa 1894, Milner