This may have been part of the mill village in Poulan. There are several similar houses nearby.
Category Archives: –WORTH COUNTY GA–
Sylvester Banking Company, 1910
The Classical Revival Sylvester Banking Company building has served for many years as the city hall and was recently restored.
Sylvester Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Warwick Gymnasium, Worth County
This gymnasium [photographed in 2010] was part of the Warwick Consolidated School, which was built in 1923.
Precinct House, Doles
I believe this was the voting precinct for Doles. It has the same architecture and layout as others I’ve documented; if not that, perhaps it was a farm office or barber shop.
Gable Front Farmhouse, Worth County
This photo was made in 2010 and I can’t recall the exact location. I’m not sure if it’s still standing.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Worth County
This historic congregation near Shingler was established in 1876. The earliest members were: J. A. Reid; Dave Newkirk; Dan Boyd; Charlie Walker; Millie Walker; Walter Terry; Jacob Lamar; and R. B. Wynn.
The Gourdmaster’s House, Sylvester
As I was driving through Sylvester with my parents recently I turned on a side street and this delightful home immediately caught my eye. I got shots of all the other houses I was interested in and couldn’t wait to take a closer look at this one. Moreover, I was surprised I’d never noticed it before.
It wasn’t easy tracking down information, but my father recalled having seen a fascinating story on the Albany news about a gentleman who was working on a community garden in Sylvester that included a banana farm. He thought, just perhaps, this could be his home.
I’m always excited to find a new art environment and this one was special. As I approached the house, I felt it wasn’t the work of a traditional folk artist, but rather that of a skilled and trained professional. I also knew the creator was sharing a vision. The images depicted on the house blend Native American and African iconography and seem to pay tribute to displaced and endangered peoples.
After a bit of research I discovered that it was, in fact, the home of the gentleman my father had suggested. His name is Sam X White, and he’s known by many as The Gourdmaster Sam X, for his masterpieces of gourd art. But Sam is a Renaissance man. He’s a community activist, art educator, supporter of 4-H, and the man behind Sylvester’s Village Community Garden. He’s an ambassador for so much more than art and I hope his neighbors love his work as much as I do. I hope to meet him in the future.