Tag Archives: Georgia Cane Syrup

Syrup Shed, Coffee County

Paulk Farm, Irwin County

Irwin County GA Historic Vernacular Farm House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I often drive by this historic farmstead when I’m home and it is always well-kept and preserved. The historic farmhouse is one of the oldest in Irwin County.

License Plate Barn Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georia USA 2015

This barn, adorned with old license plates, is one of my favorites.

Syrup Making Shed Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The syrup shed is a nice survivor, as well.

Thanks to Jerry Youghn for the identification.

Syrup Pitcher, Toomsboro

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Historic Farmstead, Irwin County

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

This is a wonderful intact historic farmstead. It was obviously a large working farm at one time.

irwin county ga abandoned farm stock barn photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The stock and hay barn is the largest outbuilding.

irwin county ga abandoned farm leaning sheds photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

These two sheds look like they’ll be the first to go.

irwin county ga abandoned farmstead syrup shed photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

The syrup shed is nicely built with brick two kettles.

irwin county ga abandoned farm syrup shed photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010


A tobacco barn sits just across the road.

irwin county ga abandoned farm tobacco barn photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

I believe this tenant house is part of the farmstead, as well.  The roofline leads me to believe these are actually two conjoined single pen houses.

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W. R. Roddenbery Building, 1920, Cairo

w r roddenberry building cairo ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The Roddenbery name isn’t just synonymous with Cairo; it’s known throughout the nation for its products, from syrups to pickles. W. R. Roddenbery improved upon his father’s cane syrup recipe and in 1890 began commercial production. By 1920, when this building was constructed, Roddenbery’s was already a major food production industry. The second floor originally served as the Cairoga Club headquarters, with several business leasing storefronts downstairs. From 1932 to 1970, the business offices for the W. R. Roddenbery Company occupied the second floor. Sadly, Roddenbery’s was sold to Dean Foods in 1993, the local factory was sold ten years later, and no Roddenbery pickles or peanut butter are to be found today. Cane Patch Syrup is still around, though,  and the Cairo football team is still known as the Syrupmakers.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places