Category Archives: Phoenix GA

Alice Walker Childhood Home, 1910s, Putnam County

This was beloved author Alice Walker’s home during much of her childhood. Her parents worked the farm and she drew inspiration from all around.

Unknown Vernacular Structure, Putnam County

Putnam County GA Unknown Vernacular Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This structure on Phoenix Road appears to have been a church or schoolhouse, judging by the architecture.

Turnwold, Early 1800s , Putnam County

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Joel Chandler Harris Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Located on private property and inaccessible, Turnwold is among the most historic plantations in Georgia. Likely dating to the 1810s-1820s, the present house, known as the Alexander-Turner House, has undergone many modifications over the years. [There is some question as to the actual date of the house today]. In 1805, brothers William and Joseph Turner received property here in the 1805 land lottery and immediately began improving the property. Little is known of William, but Joseph was well-known for publishing The Countryman. It is thought to be the only such periodical published on a plantation during the course of the war. It was as a printer’s devil for Mr. Turner during the Civil War that Joel Chandler Harris heard stories in Turnwold’s slave quarters that would become the basis for his Uncle Remus stories.

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Joel Chandler Harris Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

An outbuilding at the entrance gate is quite interesting in its own right, likely an early tenant house.

Turnwold Plantation Putnam County GA Historic Tenant Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015
As of 2020 this structure has collapsed.

Just to emphasize again, this is private property and can only be viewed or photographed from the right of way.

 

 

Wards Chapel A. M. E. Church, 1940s, Putnam County

Historic Wards Chapel AME Church Alice Walkers Childhood Congregation Putnam County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This historic African-American congregation dates to the 1880s.

The church is built in the typical vernacular style of rural congregations from the late-19th through the mid-20th century

It was the childhood church home of one of Georgia’s most popular authors, Alice Walker.

After years of disrepair, it has been restored, cosmetically at least.

Wards Chapel AME Church Cemetery Alice Walker Family Plot Putnam County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The small cemetery across the road is where Ms. Walker’s family are buried.

Alice Walker’s mother and father:

Wards Chapel AME Cemetery Willie Lee Walker Headstone Alice Walker's Father Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Willie Lee Walker – 13 September 1909-26 January 1973

Wards Chapel AME Cemetery Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker Headstone Alice Walker's Mother Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker – 2 December 1912-10 September 1993