Ellabell United Methodist Church, 1904, Bryan County

Organized as Bethany in 1854, this congregation built their first church around 1860 about a mile from the present location. In 1900, during the pastorate of Reverend J. H. Frisbee, Bethany agreed to move into the town of Ellabell to increase membership. They built this church in 1904, using much of the material from the old location, and David Hess notes that this material was rolled on logs. The interior finishings of the church were done by Reverend Frisbee, who was also a contractor. I’m not exactly sure when the name was changed to Ellabell Methodist, but it was likely around this time.

Many of the early records of the church have been lost and if anyone has pertinent information, please share it here.

 

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Gable Front House, Ellabell

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Rossie Shuman Adams House, Ellabell

Faye Morris Sanders writes: This was the home of Rossie Shuman Adams. A very sweet lady who is missed by all the loved ones. I’ve been in the house a few times with my sister, Kaye Morris Shuman who used to married to Ms. Rossie’s son, Ashley Shuman. I can tell you that its a sweet little country home and everything always so neat and so pretty. I loved to walk in her kitchen; she always had something good to eat, whether country foods or home baked goodies! That woman could cook!

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Shotgun House, Ellabell

This unusual shotgun house is half the depth of a normal version and features ornamentation uncommon in Georgia examples.

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Memorial Day Remembrance, Pembroke

This photograph was made in 2010. It was one of the nicest patriotic displays I’ve seen and I hope they’re still doing it every year.

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Bacon Street, Pembroke

Maxine Todd writes: I love that street. It holds many memories for me. It’s where I stood as a young teenager and waved and shot peace signs to all the soldiers going to Fort Stewart.

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Bryan County Courthouse, 1938, Pembroke

Pembroke is one of the newest county seats in Georgia, having been chosen for this distinction when the construction of Fort Stewart cut off the previous county seat, Clyde, from public access. Though it has not been formally documented, the courthouse, designed by Savannah architect Walter P. Marshall, was likely funded by the Department of Defense.

National Register of Historic Places

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