Category Archives: Tennille GA

Bennie Horton’s Barber Shop, Tennille

As I continue to edit many of my older posts on Vanishing Georgia, I keep finding surprises in my archive. This was a window shot of a barber shop in Tennille, one of my favorite towns to photograph once I learned I didn’t have to wait for the train all day. This was made in 2010 so I’m not sure the barber shop is still there but I’m sure it’s a well-remembered local landmark.

Sue Burnham writes: Mr Bennie cut my boy’s hair for years. He was even known to walk up the block to our house to get them. He would say he knew those boys needed a haircut. You sure can’t find them like that nowadays. L. Vick remembers: Mr. Bennie Horton cut my hair in that shop for years. It was a one-of-a-kind place that I never left without a smile on my face.


Abandoned Queen Anne House, Washington County

Anne Chamlee photographed this abandoned Queen Anne house, just south of Tennille, in March 1991. I have also photographed a good bit in the area and haven’t encountered it; I’m presuming it is no longer standing. I’d love to get an identification if anyone remembers it. [Anne was unable to get a photograph of the front of the house, but these images give a good idea as to its size and layout.]

Tennille Baptist Church, 1903, Washington County

Organized on 24 March 1876, Tenille Baptist began construction on this church in 1900; it was completed in 1903. It’s significant as the only religious structure designed by Charles E. Choate and is a most impressive example of Gothic design.

National Register of Historic Places

Historic Storefront, Tennille


Tennille Woman’s Clubhouse, 1922

The Tennille Woman’s Club began as a sewing circle in 1914 but suspended activities during World War I to assist with the war effort on the home front. After branching out to civic involvement the club was incorporated in 1920. They were accepted into the state and national federations in 1921 after certifying that they had no political or sectarian entanglements. Women’s clubs became very active in the last decade of the 19th century and continued well into the 20th. The club is still active today and has shared the clubhouse with various groups over the last century.

Upon its dedication, the facility was christened the Washington County Memorial Clubhouse, in honor of local men who served in World War I.

National Register of Historic Places

Eclectic House, Tennille

For someone like me who isn’t an architectural historian this house presents yet another challenge. I use “Eclectic” when I feel a house is an amalgamation of different forms. This method of construction became very popular at the turn of the last century and in many cases continues to this day. In this example, what appears to have been Italianate in origin, also features Colonial Revival and Neoclassical elements.

Gothic Revival House, Tennille

Though not displaying the characteristic ornamentation of the Gothic Revival style, the high-pitched front dormers of this very plain example are decidedly Gothic Revival.

Folk Victorian House, Tennille

The side dormers on this house are strictly ornamental. Note the difference in the overall roof line.

Georgian Cottage, Tennille

This is possibly antebellum. I’ll post an update when I learn more.


Hall-and-Parlor House, Tennille

This is likely an early example (perhaps 1850s and no later than 1870s) of this form, judging by the entryway. The porch is probably a later addition. Hall-and-parlor and central hallway houses are related forms of the broader vernacular I-house family. Most I-houses I have encountered are two stories and better known in the South as Plantation Plain; they generally feature shed rooms. More documentation of this example is needed.