Tag Archives: Endangered Places in Georgia

Warehouses, 1909, Cairo

Two historic freight warehouses survive along the tracks in Cairo. As a shipping point for syrup, they were quite busy, especially during the 1930s, when the town gained attention as the nation’s leading cane syrup producer.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Ebenezer A. M. E. Church, 1920 & Ebenezer School, 1930, Whigham

Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, built 1920

A sign on this church dates the congregation to 1878, but further research suggests that it was established in the 1860s, likely during the Civil War. In its listing for the National Register of Historic Places, Brother George Donald said that Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church was “founded by African Americans who would slip off into the woods to pray in secret” and that the church began as “brush arbor” at Piney Grove, located southwest of Whigham. The 1878 date is likely when the congregation adopted the tenets of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

This lot was purchased from J. T. Harrell for $20 in 1878 and the first trustees were Brothers Thomas Young, Georgie Donald, Fortune Liphnidge, George Shackleford, and Even Swicord. They built a log church here, which served until it burned in 1920. The present church dates to that time. It served the congregation until the 1980s, when deterioration and dwindling membership saw worship move into the schoolhouse. Presently, the structure is stable but in serious need of further renovation.

Ebenezer School, Built circa 1930

Not unlike other Black congregations of the era, Ebenezer saw the importance of education and built this one-room schoolhouse to serve their community circa 1930. Amazingly, it was the only school for African-Americans in Whigham until desegregation of the county in the early 1970s.

National Register of Historic Places

Tenant Farmhouse, Barney

This tenant house, located beside the Burton Brooks Orchard, was likely once part of the I. C. Williams farm.

Historic Storefronts, Hahira

As recently as 2015, there were plans to renovate these historic storefronts but it appears that the work has stalled. Though identification of the buildings has proven difficult, the three-story example is known as the Stanfill Building and dates to 1911. My understanding is that it was first used as a department store.

In 2011, Tom Lavender wrote: In 1957, I worked at Taylor’s Grocery the corner building. if my memory serves me right next to it was Choen’s dry goods. One of the upstairs offices was a Doctors office.

Historic Storefronts, Soperton

I can’t seem to locate these buildings on a search of Soperton today, but I’m sure they were downtown. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Tenant House, Treutlen County

This house has three front doors, suggesting it was likely a tenant property.

Saddlebag Tenant House, Treutlen County

This was may have been part of the Soperton Naval Stores operations.

Tobacco Barn, Treutlen County

This tobacco barn has been put into use beyond its original purpose. The photo dates to 2010.

Winged Shotgun House, Glenwood

This is an interesting vernacular form, which would normally be labeled a gabled-ell; in this example the main section, on the left, is a shotgun house, with another shotgun extension to the right.

Gable Front Farmhouse, Wheeler County

I made this photo on Highway 126 in 2016. I believe this may have been a tenant or turpentine-related house.