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Pyramidal Roof Farmhouse, Toombs County

Hip Roof Tenant Farmhouse Highway 56 Toombs County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

 

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Folk Art Storefront, Lyons

Lyons GA Toombs County Faded American Flag Folk Art Storefront Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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South Georgia Tobacco Culture, 1955

Georgia Tobacco Season First Day Music Celebration 1950s Post Card Collection of Brian Brown Copyright Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This rare postcard from my collection is postmarked 1955 from Lyons. I don’t know that the photograph was local to that area; it may have been a stock image sold in different parts of the South, but it’s one of my favorites.

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Hall-Mann Farmhouse, 1902, Toombs County

Board and Batten Farmhouse Under Ancient Live Oak Toombs County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Located near English Eddy, this old farmhouse looks perfectly at home in this grove of ancient oaks. June Dixon writes: In the 1930s this was the Columbia Mann (Mrs. Soloman Mann) home place. She was known as Miss Cumbie. This was a farm; the woodlands across the road were once open fields. There’s a small dip in the east bound lane of Highway 147 in front of the house. Many times it’s been filled in, but it always comes back. My dad said there was a well there. It was filled in and paved over.

Board and Batten Farmhouse Front Screen Door Toombs County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Other structures on the property indicate this was likely used as a hunting lodge.

Board and Batten Farmhouse Under Ancient Live Oak Rear Kitchen Toombs County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A detached kitchen remains, and was joined to the house at some point.

Old House Interior Floral Print Sleeper Sofa Abandoned Detritus Toombs County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Fire Truck, Marvin

Marvin Yancey Volunteer Fire Department Vintage Camo Camoflauge Water Tanker Red Cab Marvin GA Toombs County Old Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

There’s a volunteer fire department next door to this old building, which appears to have been a store at one time. The truck looks to be military surplus. As to Marvin, it’s not even on the map, but there are signs marking the community, which I assume was named for Marvin Yancey, since that’s the name of the VFD.

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Dixon’s Store, Marvin

Old Country Store Marvin GA Toombs County Flite Fuel Gas Pump Pecan Orchard Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Helen Jessup writes: The name is Dixon’s Store. It’s been closed for many years.

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Coral Bean, Toombs County

Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea Red Flower Bush Tree Altamaha River Bottomlands Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is one of South Georgia’s most colorful native plants, though it’s rarely found in great numbers. It’s widely cultivated by home gardeners for its showy red flowers as a treat for hummingbirds.

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Cedar Crossing Methodist Church, Toombs County

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Karen Carrow Dees writes: Cedar Crossing Methodist Church and cemetery sits on land donated to the Methodist church by my husband’s family years ago. (Dees Family) It was used as a Methodist Church for many years and most recently was used by the Hispanic Methodist community. It is unused now and will return to the family.  (Karen notes that as of 2016, the Hispanic congregation has purchased the church and will be using it for their services).

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John W. Easterling recalls: Attended church here in the 50’s with Uncle Dent Brantley and Aunt Liza Brantley when I stayed with them in the summer. Had wonderful dinner on the ground. Many hand held fans moved the air around in the church. Dalt and Ola Geiger were my grand parents on my mother’s side and they attended church once in awhile. I have fond memories of that area.

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While they seem unusual to some, these decorations are a time-honored tradition in some Southern cemeteries and represent a deep love for the departed and a celebration of life. Whether simple or elaborate, they’re always nice to photograph. I’m so honored that relatives shared the stories behind these tributes.

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Marsha Ann writes: The grave with the deer belongs to Brent Dees (18). He and my brother, Marty Galbreath (19), were killed in an automobile accident on August 2nd 1994.

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Tony Smith writes: This is my Dad’s gravesite. My brothers and I felt it would be as Dad would want it with his sons getting together to build this. He was a cement finisher/frame carpenter and all around house builder. We built this in honor of Dad by hand. He had 15 children and many Grandchildren. Lola Smith Leigh adds: Anyone who knew my Father, Hugh Smith, knew his work was truly his expression of art. He was a master craftsman and took great pride in his labors. The gravestone my brothers created for him is a beautiful tribute to our Daddy and it is so comforting to see the tools that were as much an extension of him as were the hands that wielded them.

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Alexander’s Store, Toombs County

toombs county ga alexanders store us highway 1 photograph copyright brian brown vanshing south georgia usa 2010

This is one of my favorite old country stores in this part of Georgia. I stop nearly every time I pass it on US 1. Thanks to Holly Alexander Toole and others for sharing their memories and identifying it for me. One of my favorite memories was from Jack Parker: In 1936, when I was five, we lived near the store my mother would send me to get an item or two. It was always charged to a running credit account. I would tell Mr. Alexander I would like some candy but didn’t have a nickel. He would always see that I would get a piece. (Couldn’t charge the candy). Great memories.

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English Eddy Presbyterian Church, Toombs County

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According to Hoyt Pittman, this is the second structure to house this congregation. The first was on Georgia Highway 147. Hoyt also notes that there was a small community and post office which made up the community of English Eddy proper, on Old River Road. It was named for a feature of the nearby Altamaha River.

Sadly, this church was razed in 2020 for a highway project.

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