Tag Archives: Georgia Board-and-Batten Architecture

Board-and-Batten Farmhouse, Irwin County

irwin county ga abandoned farmhouse crape myrtle road photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The Chinaberry trees (Melia azedarach) engulfing this structure were once a common sight in the South. Their rapid range expansion, septic-damaging root systems, and reputation as an invasive have made them largely undesirable today. Still, they remain a popular icon of rural Southern culture.

irwin county ga board and batten farmhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

This house was located on Crepe Myrtle Road. I believe it was demolished by 2014.

irwin county abandoned farmhouse interior photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Tenant House, Circa 1941, Turner County

turner county ga tenant farmhouse photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Ira Tredwell built this house for Joe Fletcher, according to one of Mr. Fletcher’s great-grandsons. Grant Snow notes: My dad lived in this house in 1948 with his mother,father, brothers and sisters. My grandfather Waymond Herbert Snow sharecroped this land. I visited this house in 1996 with my father and I have pictures of him in front of this house. My dad was 10 years old then.

Freight Depot, Bronwood

bronwood ga railroad freight depot photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

I’m not sure if this was associated with a local business or a railroad, but I’m sure it’s a freight depot of some kind.

Savannah & Western Depot, 1880s, Manassas

manassas ga historic savannah and western depot photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The depot at Manassas is an important survivor of the Savannah & Western Railway.

manassas ga savannah and western depot photograph copyright brian brown vanishing souh georgia usa 2009

Miles V. Wilsey House, Circa 1900, Ben Hill County

miles-v-wilsey-house-fitzgerald-ga-photograph-copyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia-usa-2016

This eclectic Queen Anne house was built by Miles V. Wilsey, one of the first settlers of Fitzgerald who came from Indiana and bought this land in 1895. Wilsey had served as a 2nd Lieutenant in an Indiana regiment in the Civil War. It was sold to Charles Kimball family by 1902. Kimball was also a Civil War veteran. Reverend C. W. Smith and family were the owners from the 1940s through the 1990s. Many thanks to Rebecca Blake for sharing the history of this house.

National Register of Historic Places

Johnson’s Grocery, Hinsonton

hinsonton ga johnsons grocery photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Hinsonton has always been a small community, but this store was probably the center of life from the 1930s to the early 1970s. The last time I was here, it appeared as if someone was trying to restore this place. Tina Haywood Battle notes that the store was closed by the 1970s.

hinsonton ga johnsons grocery gas pumps photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The old Gilbarco gas pumps are amazing survivors but Ted Floyd remembers the store from an even earlier time. My family (Harrells) have lived near Hinsonton for about 150 Years. As a child, in the 1940’s and early 50’s I drank many an RC Cola with salted peanuts dumped in the bottle at this old store. You could get bologna and cheese sliced at the back, Kits and BB Bat candy. Long before the Gilbarco pumps, the gas was delivered by gravity. Pumped up by hand into a glass tower to measure the quantity then released by gravity into the tank. 

hinsonton ga mitchell county johnsons grocery photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Clements Farmhouse, Irwin County

irwin county ga clements farmhouse canna lillies photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Thanks to Gail Fussell Latham for the identification. She notes that the house was moved here from a nearby location.

Gay Farmhouse, Irwin County

Thanks to Amelia Gay Edwards & Becky Gibbs Gay for the identification.

Vernacular Farmhouse & Shallow Well, Irwin County

tenant farmhouse shallow well irwin county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009