Ogeechee River at Kings Ferry

Ogeechee River Looking West Kings Ferry Landing Chatham Coiunty GA Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This was shot at sunset, looking west.

Chatham County, Georgia

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LaRoche House, Crescent

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This house likely dates to the 1870s, but that is just a guess. Bobbie Spikes identified it as her grandparents’ home when I first published the images in 2012. Teresa LaRoche Riley, whose father grew up here as well, recently shared a photo of the house on Facebook and that gave me the encouragement I needed to consolidate all my photos into one post. It is likely beyond repair, but it’s a wonderful remnant of a lost generation in Coastal Georgia.

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The house still retains its original kitchen.

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An interior view indicates it was occupied as recently as 20-25 years ago.

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McIntosh County, Georgia

 

 

 

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Stars & Stripes, Highway 80

Tybee Island Ga Area Highway 80 US Flag in Marsh Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Travelers to Tybee Island have undoubtedly seen this flag, flying proudly in the marsh on Highway 80 a bit west of Fort Pulaski.

Chatham County, Georgia

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Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Savannah

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Fresh Georgia Peaches Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Every Saturday (from 9AM-1PM) year round, the South End of Forsyth Park is the place to be in Savannah. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market was founded in 2009 by six women who came together with the intention of supporting their common vision of a local food system that is good for the health of all people and the environment.  They merged with the existing Starland market and sought permission from the city to allow a farmers’ market in historic Forsyth Park. The first market was on 9 May 2009From the very beginning, the market has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell)  and allows only food and plant vendors.  * from the Forsyth Farmers’ Market website

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Organic Green Beans Carrots Onions Potatoes Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Organic vendors from all over the Low Country bring a wide variety of wholesome vegetables.

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Organic Potatoes Onions Red Cabbage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Fresh cut flowers, like these zinnias and sunflowers, are available in the spring and summer.

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Zinnias Sunflowers Fresh Cut Flowers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Products made from local crops are also on offer, like Vegetable Kingdom’s popular Hot Chow Chow.

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Vegetable Kingdom Hot Chow Chow Photograph Copyriht Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Bell peppers, blackberries, and okra were in abundance when I was there.

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Organic Bell Peppers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Organic Blackberries Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Fresh Organic Okra Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

All the vendors at the market accept cash, but if you’re bringing plastic, you have to buy tokens which are used like cash. They eliminate the “middle man”, i.e. the bank and its transaction fees. This way, vendors can concentrate on what’s most important: their wonderful produce and food items.

Forsyth Farmers Market Savannah GA Token Exchange Information Booth Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Visit them online for particulars, or better yet, make a point to visit them on any given Saturday! It’s an experience you won’t soon forget, and if you live near Savannah, you’ll likely return.

http://forsythfarmersmarket.com/

Chatham County, Georgia

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Needwood Baptist Church, 1885

Needwood Baptist Church New Hope Glynn County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Portions of this church were originally built by freed slaves on nearby Broadfield (now Hofwyl-Broadfield) Plantation in the late 1870s, where it was known as Broadfield Baptist Church. It was removed to this location and took on its present appearance in 1885.  It’s one of the most important remaining African-American vernacular churches in Georgia and a familiar landmark to travelers along U.S. Highway 17. It’s just south of the McIntosh County line.

Glynn County, Georgia

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Old Brunswick City Hall, 1890

Brunswick GA City Hall Richardsonian Romanesque Landmark Alfred Eichberg Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Construction of Alfred S. Eichberg’s monumental Richardsonian Romanesque Brunswick City Hall began in 1889 and the building was open for business in 1890. The clock tower was added in 1893 and features some of the most fascinating gargoyles on any building in Georgia. Today it’s been properly restored and is available as an event space.

Brunswick GA City Hall Gargoyle Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

National Register of Historic Places

Brunswick, Georgia

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Hazel’s Cafe, Circa 1947

Hazel's Cafe & the Hazel & Thomas Floyd House South End Neighborhood St. Simons Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

I panicked this morning when I heard a rumor that Hazel’s had been demolished, but concerned friends on St. Simons quickly checked and let me know it wasn’t true. To many, this place is as much a symbol of the island’s history as the lighthouse or Fort Frederica. Located in the nearly forgotten African-American community of South End, Hazel’s was owned by Hazel and Thomas Floyd. Thomas, a veteran of World War II, settled here with his wife shortly after World War II and soon thereafter they started this business, which would be a staple of St. Simons life until it closed in 1978. (Their house is to the right in the photograph). With new homes and condos dotting the island today, it’s a nice step back to a time when St. Simons, like all of the Georgia coast, was anchored by small but thriving communities who looked to family and friends as well as the rich coastal waters surrounding them for sustenance and survival. Hazel was known to go crabbing in season and bring back her catch for the night’s special of deviled crab. I’m sure they were legendary dishes in their time. Melissa Lee  has an excellent tribute to this St. Simons icon here:

http://www.thepermanenttourist.com/hazels-cafe-2/

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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