Brunswick-St. Simons Causeway Marker, 1950

Brunswick St Simons Island F J Torras Causeway Historic Marker Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This rarely noticed historic marker beside the Visitor’s Club gives some insight as to the history of the busy F. J. Torras Causeway connecting the mainland to St. Simons Island. The route was named in honor of longtime Brunswick engineer Fernando Joseph Torras in 1953. Torras was the engineer of the original modern causeway, built in 1923, built by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Works. The larger plaque lists the city and county commissioners and others involved in the 1950 causeway, built by Tidewater Construction Corporation with the consultation of Sverdrup & Parcel. Torras was also involved, as the executive clerk, in the construction of the second causeway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.J._Torras_Causeway

Brunswick, Georgia

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The Visitor’s Club, 1930

Brunswick Visitors Club Francis L Abreu Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coasatal Georgia USA 2015

When US 17, the Coastal Highway, was the main artery on the Atlantic seaboard from Virginia to Florida, the Brunswick Board of Trade & the Sea Island Company commissioned Francis L. Abreu to design this welcome center at the entrance to the St. Simons Causeway. Abreu, a famous architect in his own right, had collaborated with Addison Mizner on the original Cloister Hotel.

Brunswick GA Visitors Club Francis L Abreu Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

It was originally advertised as “Brunswick’s Greeting to Vacationists-Georgia’s Gateway to the Road to Romance and Recreation”. The building is in immediate need of preservation. We can only hope that Brunswick will recognize its importance and not have the same dismissive view of it that they’ve had of the historic Dart House, just down the road.

Brunsiwick GA Board of Trade Visitors Club Francis Abreu Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Abreu was born into a privileged Cuban-American background in 1896. His parents owned a sugar plantation and also kept a home in upstate New York. He was a member of the track team at Cornell University and served in the U. S. Navy in World War I.  After earning a degree in architecture, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, where his parents had relocated, and was one of the most active early builders in the city’s first real estate boom. He met his future wife, May Patterson on Sea Island in 1938. They later settled in Atlanta where they were active philanthropists.

Brunswick GA Visitors Club 1930 Mediterranean Revival Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This is arguably the most prominent public building he designed still standing in Georgia. It should be preserved and National Register of Historic Places recognition sought.

Brunswick GA Board of Trade Building Side Elevation Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

http://abreufoundation.org/history/

Brunswick, Georgia

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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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