Tag Archives: Georgia Vernacular Architecture

Shotgun House, Brunswick

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Bold Springs United Methodist Church, 1874, Grady County

Bold Springs has been called the “Mother of Methodism in Grady County”. The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: Founded in 1863 by Reverend Robert B. McCord from Walton County, Georgia, Bold Springs United Methodist Church was born in Thomas County, though it is in Grady County as of 2017. “He brought his family, a few slaves, and a love for his church,” reported his youngest son who passed the story down to a grandson. Both the son and the grandson, J. D. McCord, became ministers.

The eldest McCord quickly settled in and looked for a site to build a church. He found a good spring on J. T. Drew’s property about two miles east of the McCord’s home and the Drews deeded four acres to the church. Sometime later, the church built a parsonage on fifty acres deeded by Mr. McCord to the church and the first minister, Rev. P. C. Harris, moved in.

In the 1930s, Miss Bessie Miller urged the church to build a community house. The Woman’s Society of Christian Service raised the money to complete the building and porches.

Once boasting as many as 400 members, the congregation is considerably smaller today, but remains active.

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Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Brooks County

Situated on a large plantation among thousands of acres of managed Longleaf Pine near Pavo, Bethel Primitive Baptist Church is among the oldest congregations in this section of Georgia, constituted on 2 September 1826. Elders Benjamin Manning, Matthew Albritton, Henry Melton, and Deacon William A. Knight were the original Presbytery. Charter members were Melus and Sarah Thigpen, Archibald and Luander Strickland, and Henry C. and Sarah Tucker. Thigpen served as the supply pastor until 1828, when the Reverend Matthew Albritton was called to the charge of Bethel.

Mitchell Brice, Jr. [8 September 1896-10 October 1899]

I am unsure as to the date of construction, but the church is of a vernacular style widespread in Georgia in the late 19th century. The church was unpainted at least as late as 1968. The grounds are beautifully maintained and an historic cemetery is adjacent to the church, serving as the final resting place of many area pioneers.

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Shotgun House, Moultrie

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Tarrer House, Macon County

This Ludowici Tile-roofed farmhouse has always been a landmark in my travels. It’s an unusual example of a common vernacular form [saddlebag]. Virginia Tarrer identified it as her home and added: …we redid it around 1976. [It] used to be at the bottom of the hill in Ideal, it was a railroad foreman’s house and was moved to this location but I have no idea what year. She notes that they purchased the home from the Clifford Hines family and that the Cannon family were also earlier owners.

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Hudson Grocery, Macon

The architecture of this shotgun-style structure suggests it may have served as a neighborhood grocery/general store. According to David Clinard, via Elizabeth Chancellor, it was. Mr. Clinard writes: Charles Douglas Hudson was a previous owner of that corner which included that little structure and the house to the left. The 1935 city directory included Charles Douglas Hudson as a retail grocer on Clinton Road near Upper River Road. So it does appear to have been used as a community grocery store at least during that period.

[I am identifying it as Hudson Grocery by association; it is possible it had another name].

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Gabled-Ell House, Jones County

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Eddy Neighborhood, Milledgeville

Folk Victorian Cottage, 1908

Though it wasn’t the only African-American neighborhood in Milledgeville at the turn of the last century, the Eddy community was among the most prominent. Anchored by Flagg Chapel and the Eddy School, it was a center of spiritual, cultural, and educational advancement for African-Americans in a time of segregation.

Folk Victorian Cottage, Date Unknown

The architecture of the neighborhood is vernacular, with Folk Victorian being the most notable form.

Folk Victorian Cottage, Date Unknown
Central Hallway Cottage, Date Unknown

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Olivia Thomas House, Circa 1900, Milledgeville

This was the home of Olivia Thomas, a legend of the Eddy community who was known as “The Guardian of the Old Governor’s Mansion”. Ms. Thomas served as a tour guide and caretaker of the mansion for 39 years, serving under five college presidents: Dr. Wells, Dr. Stanford, Dr. Lee, Dr. Bunting, and Dr. Spier.

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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The Little Red House, Circa 1797 (& Later), Sparta

It’s no longer red, but to my understanding, this has always been known as “The Little Red House”. One section of the house is an early log cabin, purportedly dating to circa 1797. The addition was made later, probably before the Civil War, and may have been done to accommodate an office. Sistie Hudson notes that it will soon be home to a museum of local history.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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