Identified in 2008 as one of the state’s Places in Peril by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Adam Strain Building is one of only two survivors of the 1863 burning of Darien by Union troops, and is the oldest building in the city. Concerned citizens are working hard to save the structure; however, its future is still very uncertain.
McIntosh County historian Buddy Sullivan noted in his excellent book, Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater: The Story of McIntosh County & Sapelo: “Although the waterfront warehouses were destroyed, the thick outer walls of the two-story building on the upper bluff later known as the Strain building, survived. This structure had been built ca. 1815 and still stands as Darien’s oldest building.” In mentioning the “thick, outer walls,” he refers to the 1870 refurbishment, necessitated by damage during the Civil War.
This view shows the circa 1810 ruins of tabby riverfront warehouses which supported the growing cotton and timber trades and made Darien the second busiest port in Georgia in its heyday.
UPDATE: As a deadline for demolition approached, a new owner came forward and the structure is in the process of being saved. (2020-2021)
National Register of Historic Places