Tag Archives: Historic Coastal Georgia

Shuman’s Lumber Supply, Bryan County

This store has a Pembroke address but is really out in the country and closer to the Lanier community. This photo dates to circa 2012 and the front has recently been sided with a stucco-like material. It doesn’t look the same.

Marcia O. McCoy writes: Shuman’s Lumber Supply (Shuman-Owens Supply Company) was sold to J. Harry Owens in 1989. The business was relocated to 769 East Bacon Street in Pembroke, Ga. and is still owned and operated by Harry’s daughter (Marcia Owens McCoy) and her daughters (Tiffany Zeigler , Hannah Deloach). This business will be celebrating their 60 year anniversary on April 1, 2023!! Jack Shuman did own the gas station across the street from the building supply.


Unidentified Store, Bryan County

Here’s one more item from my archives, circa 2016. Obviously, this place is going back to the elements. My guess is that it was a store of some sort, perhaps a beer joint, barber shop, or even an office. If memory serves me correctly, it was just a couple of miles west of Pembroke on US 280.

Folk Victorian Farmhouse, Bryan County

I made this photograph in 2016 and never published it because I was hoping to get a better view at some point. I can’t recall where in Bryan County it was located, but I believe it was somewhere between Black Creek and Ellabell. This may not be the case, and if anyone recognizes it, please get in touch.

Keller Community Baptist Church, Bryan County

Because the architecture looks more domestic than institutional, I’m not sure if this building was always a church. For many years it was home to the Keller Community Baptist Church and is located next door to the historic Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church.

Kilkenny Creek, Bryan County

This small tidal creek [sometimes cited as the Kilkenny River] gets its name from Kilkenny Plantation, which was built along its banks in the 1840s. It’s located to the west of Ossabaw Island.

Vernacular Craftsman Cottage, Allenhurst

This house is a shotgun form with added Craftsman details.

Hip-Roof Cottage, Walthourville

The Neoclassical details on the porch and transom and sidelights add architectural interest to this otherwise simple house. It’s located near the historic Johnson Lodge.

Single-Pen Cottage, Freedmen’s Grove

This utilitarian cottage is a landmark of the Freedmen’s Grove community. The original form appears to have been single-pen, or perhaps chattel-style, with later expansions.

Dorchester Consolidated School, 1938, Liberty County

The Dorchester Consolidated School was built in 1938 to replace the original 1927 schoolhouse which was lost to fire. It was a consolidation of smaller schools in Sunbury, Colonel’s Island, Riceboro, and Jackson Chapel. It closed in 1951 due to more consolidation by the county. It has served as the community civic center since being sold in 1958 and was completely renovated in 2010.

I cannot confirm it at this time, but due to the 1938 construction date, it was likely a New Deal project.

Cay Creek, Liberty County

Cay Creek is a tidal waterway in eastern Liberty County, originating near Midway and meeting the coast near Harris Neck. Originally known as Salter’s Creek, it was renamed Cay Creek for Raymond Cay, Sr. (1805-1883), who owned a plantation near the present-day Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center. The relatively short waterway features an amazing variety of ecosystems, including upland forest, open wetland, tidal swamp, brackish marsh, and finally tidal creek.