Category Archives: –MORGAN COUNTY GA–

Folk Victorian House, 1908, Rutledge

Rutledge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Nolan Plantation Smokehouse, Bostwick

Since this has no windows, I’ve ruled out identifying it as a tenant house; a tool house or corn crib wouldn’t have a chimney. Therefore, I’m presuming it’s a smokehouse.

National Register of Historic Places

Pyramidal Cottage, Circa 1900, Madison

Madison Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Benny Paul’s Soul Food, Buckhead

Benny Pauls Soul Food Restaurant Buckhead GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

On a recent photography trip, I reached Buckhead a little before noon. I noticed this little restaurant, which appears to have once been a convenience store and decided to give it a try. I was skeptical since there was no one there when I walked in, but I was greeted by owner Daisy Benford and her super friendly staff and quickly filled my plate with some of the best food I had on the entire trip. I had fried chicken (perfection!), mixed beans, collard greens and fried cornbread. The price was very reasonable, too. As I was leaving, hordes of people began to come in, and before I finished shooting the sites of downtown Buckhead, the adjacent parking lot was slam full. As many of you know, I rarely give recommendations, but this is a place you shouldn’t miss if you ever find yourself in the area.

Cotton Gin, Bostwick

This is one of just a few working Lummus gins in Georgia. It’s such an integral part of life in this community that it’s the namesake of the annual Cotton Gin Festival, held the first Saturday in November. Bostwick is a fascinating place that I’d recommend anyone visiting when they’re in the area

One of the best descriptions and general histories of Bostwick can be found at my friend Dagmar Nelson’s Southern Exposures blog:

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

UPDATE: Part of the Bostwick Gin was badly damaged by fire on 18 May 2022. I’m not sure how extensive it was, but apparently this section was spared.

Dixie King Cotton, Bostwick

This is Seed House No. 2, part of the extensive Bostwick Supply & Gin Company.

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

T. H. Nolan Commissary, Bostwick

Like most true plantations of its era, the Nolan property supported its own commissary, which was essentially a credit-based store for employees. The building takes on the common rectangular box form of country stores at the turn of the last century; I’m not sure if the false front was added later, or if it was an original feature.

The view of the “big house” from the commissary is a reminder of the complete dependence workers had on the plantation economy. The store likely served the general public, as well, as the remnant name-plate of a Coca-Cola sign indicates.