Category Archives: Warwick GA

Lake Blackshear Dam, 1930, Warwick

Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Also known as the Warwick Dam, the larger complex known as Plant Crisp was devised in 1925 as a way for Crisp County to generate its own electrical power. It’s unique in that it was the first county-owned, -constructed and -operated power dam in the United States. The reservoir it created became known as Lake Blackshear in honor of David Blackshear, the commander of nearby Fort Early. I’m amazed by the fact that Crisp County had the foresight to be power independent long before most communities had any such ideas. It has also served the area well as a recreation hub for the better part of a century.

Historic Lake Blackshear Warwick Crisp Power Dam Flint River Worth County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015


Hay Bale Art, Warwick


Hay bale art can be seen all over South Georgia, especially in the guise of jack-o-lanterns around Halloween. This one is located at Stripling’s Sausage & Meat on Lake Blackshear in Warwick.

Commercial Storefronts, Warwick


Hugh Gleaton writes: The tin clad building to the right of the post office had a doctor’s office in it in the late 40’s or early 1950’s. I believe his name was Dr. Flournoy. Regarding the post office, Louise McCord Jones recalls:  My great aunt Mrs. Rossie Britt was post mistress of Warwick for many years. In the mid- and late-1950s, I loved visiting with her and her brother, my Uncle Charlie Dupree, because they both had such jovial personalities, As a young mid-century female, I thought it very impressive that my aunt had risen to the status of Post Mistress!

Aultman Farms-Spooner Company Warehouse, Warwick


Dan Aultman writes: This building was originally the farming headquarters for the Aultman family. Later S. O. Spooner leased the turpentine rights for the Aultman forest and rented the building for his offices and warehouse.


Like many such buildings all over Georgia, this one appears to be in bad condition and faces an uncertain future.


First Baptist Church, Warwick


Poole House, Circa 1905, Warwick


Kyle Basko notes that this was built by David and Annie Poole around 1905. Ceceille Durant Poole adds: This was my father-in-law, Jim Poole’s, childhood home. He was the 10th of 12 children (two died as infants). His father, David owned the only grocery store in town and his youngest brother, Harry Poole, was the Mayor of Warwick for many years in the 1960s and 1970s. When we used to visit the house it was painted white. Many great family times and stories live in this stately home.

Albany & Northern Railway Depot, Warwick

Removed from its original location in an effort to preserve it, this served Warwick for much of the early 20th century. It was built between 1895-1910, as these were the operating years for the Albany & Northern Railway. Thanks to Rusty Hardin for the information. Rusty’s grandfather, Monroe Stripling (of Stripling’s Sausage & Meats fame), was the man who saved this structure.

Paulk’s Sporting Goods, Warwick

warwick ga paulks sporting goods pool hall photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Rusty Hardin notes that this was primarily a pool hall in the mid to lat 1960s. Mr. Paulk was a big fellow who kept problems to a minimum.

National Grits Festival Mural, Warwick

national grits festival mural warwick ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

I’m told (31 March 2016) that the National Grits Festival is no longer being held in Warwick due to the loss of the sponsorship of the Quaker Oats Company. I believe it’s been defunct for several  years. The building pictured here is the old Warwick Masonic Lodge.Dan Aultman and Lee Lucas shared memories of the building. Dan wrote: Sixty years ago when I was a young fellow, this old Masonic Lodge was an old wood building . The kids in Warwick, lacking safe places to play, used the bottom floor to roller skate. I don’t remember if we were given permission or if we assumed it was okay. The one police officer never threw us out, but life was different back then. Lee recalled: In the middle to late 60’s, upstairs in the Masonic building was where we held the Boy Scouts meetings. The Scout Master was Mr. Grady West, who would take us on hikes and camp outs through out the surrounding countryside. We even went on canoe trips down the Flint River from just below the power dam (where Mr. West worked) to downtown Albany Ga. This was during the heyday of Turner Air Field, an U.S. Air Force B-52 airfield. You have not lived until a B-52 takes off just feet above your head while you are in a canoe. The way our troop scattered INTO the river,you would have thought we were being strafed! Fun memories!

natioanl grits festival warwick ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008