Tag Archives: Georgia Board-and-Batten Architecture

Unidentified Buildings, Dodge County

This structure near New Daniels Baptist Church is a bit of a mystery to me. There are remnants of old signs on the front but they are unreadable.

The signs made me think of a store or commissary, but the layout of the structure doesn’t necessarily support that. It has been patched at some point and it’s hard to ascertain whether what looks like a door on the gable end was actually a window. If a door, it would certainly be akin to store/commissary design.

The ruins of another structure across the road definitely have a commercial appearance.

Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, Dodge County

Houses of this type are generally identified as tenant properties, though many likely began as starter homes for small farmers. As the farms evolved, they may have been repurposed as housing for sharecroppers or other tenants. This isn’t to say that scores of these weren’t built specifically for tenant use, but it’s important to point out that not all were originally built for that purpose. It’s impossible to pinpoint without knowing the specific history of a property, but something to consider when recording such places.

Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church, Brantley County

Though it is one of the smaller Crawfordite meeting houses I’ve documented, Spring Hill remains an active congregation.

I’m grateful to Brittany Ragan for bringing it to my attention and for sharing the locations of other Crawfordite churches.

Enon Primitive Baptist Church, Pierce County

All of the Crawfordite meeting houses have a similar style, most notable in their primitive board-and-batten architecture, but each has distinct elements. Enon is a very “long” church, when taking its layout into consideration. It overlooks a beautiful piece of farmland and has expansive views of the surrounding area. It is still an active congregation. Thanks to member Brittany Mixon Ragan for sharing.

New Home Primitive Baptist Church, Pierce County

Though this congregation no longer holds regular services, their meeting house and cemetery are well-maintained.

I still hope that these important resources will one day be collectively added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The interiors of these wonderful structures are just as “plain” as their exteriors.

Though I’ve photographed nearly a dozen of these meeting houses, it always impresses me to see that the emphasis isn’t on decoration but on creating a place where the service is the primary focus.

Alice Walker Childhood Home, 1910s, Putnam County

This was beloved author Alice Walker’s home during much of her childhood. Her parents worked the farm and she drew inspiration from all around.

Board-and-Batten Farmhouse, Laurens County

This house originated as a central hallway form but was later expanded into a gabled-ell.

Like most vernacular forms, this once-common rural house type is rapidly vanishing from the landscape.

Single-Pen House, Ailey

Commissary, Sandy Bottom

This was likely a turpentine commissary or general store, based on the floor plan.

Board-and-Batten Shed, Hancock County

This is located near Old St. Galilee Church.