Category Archives: –WASHINGTON COUNTY GA–

Saddlebag Tenant Farmhouse, Washington County

This is a nice example of the saddlebag form, with a slightly taller chimney than most I’ve documented. It also features board-and-batten siding, another common feature of many utilitarian dwellings.


Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, Washington County

This tenant house was probably one of several on what was once a larger farm, later converted to a pine plantation. The photo dates to 2011 but the house was still standing about a year ago. Housing like this was very common in rural counties, well into the 20th century.

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.

Mount Zion A. M. E. Church, Davisboro

This is one of two historic African Methodist Episcopal congregations near Davisboro. I am unsure of the date, but I believe it’s a fairly early church.

Central Hallway Farmhouse, Washington County

Central Hallway Farmhouse, Washington County

This is an expanded central hallway form, likely added to as the family grew over time. It was a fairly common practice among rural homeowners at one time.

Middle Hill Schoolhouse, Washington County

Though I cannot locate a specific history, a state historical survey notes that this rural African-American schoolhouse near Warthen was built and administered by the adjacent Middle Hill Missionary Baptist Church. The church was operating a school as early as the 1870s though this structure dates to the early 20th century.

The inward triangular entryway is a fascinating feature.

Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, Washington County

Central Hallway Cottage, Washington County

Unidentified Church, Washington County