Category Archives: –SCHLEY COUNTY GA–

Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1871, Schley County

Reverend Dennis O’Driscoll began holding services in a brush arbor on the Ellaville-Americus Road in 1860 and that fledgling congregation built this classical structure on land given by the C. B. Strange family in 1871. It is unclear whether the church was named for the Apostle Andrew or for Bishop James O. Andrew, the first Georgian to be elected a bishop.

Original trustees were F. J. Greene, G. H. Walker, J. H. S. Baisden, O. A. Crittenden and C. B. Strange. Reverend John Marshall served as pastor from 1872-1873.

A Sunday School wing was added to the original chapel in 1948.


Vernacular Farmhouse, Schley County

Georgian Farmhouse, Schley County

Hall and Parlor Farmhouse, Schley County

Phillipi Primitive Baptist Church, Schley County

Phillipi Primitive Baptist Church was established in 1835. The date of construction has been quoted as 1864, but I cannot confirm that at present.

It is built in the common style of Primitive Baptist churches of the latter half of the 19th century.

Though the pews have long been removed, the interior remains in fairly stable condition.

Unfortunately, exterior damage will soon begin taking its toll if stabilization isn’t implemented.

The church and its historic cemetery should be considered an important resource and will hopefully be protected better in the future, if possible.

Patton Hill Courthouse, 1880s, Schley County

The community now known locally as Concord has also been known as St. Elmo, Nubbin Hill, and Patton Hill over the past two centuries. This precinct/court house dates to the 1880s, according to a wooden sign on the property.

T. J. Cook General Store, 1924, Schley County

This iconic general store is located in the Concord community, so named for the Methodist church which has been a presence here since 1850. It should be noted that there are numerous communities named Concord throughout Georgia, with the only incorporated example located in Pike County. Also, Concord has been known as Nubbin Hill, Patton Hill, and St. Elmo. Tom Cook ran the store, which was open into the 1950s, at least. Other than a replaced porch and restored sign, the building is largely original.

Hopewell United Methodist Church, Schley County

Historic Hopewell Methodist Church Schley County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Among Schley County’s most historic congregations, Hopewell Methodist (now United Methodist) is thought to predate the organization of Marion County, which would date it to the 1820s; meetings were probably held in homes and various other places until the first known structure (of log construction) was built in the 1840s. Another church was built before the Civil War but was destroyed by fire. The Greek Revival section of the present structure was built after the Civil War but no exact date can be located.  I hope to learn more of the history soon.

C. H. Burt’s Store, LaCrosse

LaCrosse GA Schley County C H Burt Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This iconic commissary/store at the intersection of LaCrosse Road and Georgia Highway 271 served as the center of a large farming operation for many years.  Jean Harrison, whose family owns the property today wrote: Gertude Burt Strange grew up at Lacrosse and her family ran the store until about 1947 when my parents bought the farm including the store which was closed and used for farm storage etc. Every time there was an election my Father would clean out the store so people could vote there.

A plantation at LaCrosse was first established by Stinson J. Rees in 1856. The property is beautifully maintained today but please note it’s not open to the public and trespassing is strictly prohibited.  I was interested to see that the LaCrosse name on the side of the building was recently repainted in a different style. Linda Adams, who painted the wonderful murals in Ellaville wrote to say that she repainted the sign, as well as the great Coca-Cola sign on the front of the store. Below is a shot I made in 2009.

LaCrosse GA Schley County Burt Store Mural Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2009

Burt House, 1875, LaCrosse

LaCrosse GA Schley County C H Burt Farm House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Linda Adams writes: The property belongs Imogene McLendon, a good friend of mine.  She is 93 and she and her late husband bought the Burt farm from C.H. and wife in 1947.  They subsequently purchased the Bell and Hudson farms and carried on a successful diversified farming operation until Jessie’s retirement in the late 1990’s.  They worked as a team in decision making.  Imogene got elected to the Schley County Commission in the early 1980’s and then was elected by the commissioners to serve as chairman – she served three terms and spent a 40 hour week at the job.  Quite a woman.  The family will retain the “white house” as they call the Burt house – they recently re-roofed it and will restore the chimneys. Jeanne Harrison notes that this house was built by Gertrude Burt Strange’s grandfather, Mr. Dixon.