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Baconton United Methodist Church, 1902

The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: Organized at Raiford, now Lester, in 1870, this church was earlier known as Shiloh. Its first wooden building, lighted by beef tallow candles placed on wooden strips around the walls, also served as a school. In 1875, the site was moved and a large log church and school building was built. “Preacher Russell” was the first pastor. In 1882, the site was moved four miles west of the 1875 site and a wooden building was erected and furnished with long benches with solid backs and lighted by oil chandeliers. In 1902, the present gothic structure was erected. A fellowship hall was added in 1967.

This church is nearly identical in design to the Lumber City United Methodist Church.

Walton Street-Church Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Freight Warehouse, Baconton

Though its proximity to the railroad tracks would suggest a railroad connection, this structure was actually a commercial freight warehouse.

Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Railroad Street Storefronts, Baconton

Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Storefront, Baconton

Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Jackson Supply Company, 1902, Baconton

This was the first major commercial structure built on East Walton Street and is in need of immediate preservation, if it’s even salvageable at this point.

Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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East Walton Street, Baconton

Baconton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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American Foursquare House, Mitchell County

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Rio Piedra Plantation, Mitchell County

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This sign marks an entrance, at Turkey Road, to Rio Piedra Plantation. This area of southwest Georgia is nationally known for its Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) populations and the hunting lodges which cater to the sport.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is a relatively well-preserved example of one of Georgia’s most iconic rural architectural styles.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Interior Fire Place Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’m really impressed that the plantation has chosen to save it, at least for now.

Tenant Farmhouse Rio Piedra Plantation Mitchell County GA Wooden Window Shutters Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

There is a large field of gigantic chert rocks on the plantation. I’m not quite sure why they’re here.

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Janet Peek McGill writes: The rock in this picture looks like fossiliferous chert. It is really a very ugly rock on the outside…..all crusted over with crumbly white yuk with often, many fossils though. (which helps with dating the geology of the land and aboriginal peoples) On the inside is a beautiful rock, with chalcedony, vugs, druzy, sometimes hyalite opal, bands of agate and or jasper. It is stunning when faceted and polished. Native Americans frequently used this for knapping for their tools and in the Lee, Dougherty, Baker, Early, Mitchell county area, you often find native American lithic scatter along and near the outcrops of this type of rock.

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Hopeful, Georgia

Hopeful GA General Store Mitchell County Americana Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Hopeful General Store is still the center of the community and remains a busy local landmark.

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Hopeful Gymnasium

Hopeful GA Old School House Auditorium Mitchell County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to William Harrell for the identification. He notes that the old school has long been torn down.

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