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Winged-Gable Cottage, Circa 1935, Crescent

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LaRoche House Demolished in Crescent

During the first week of April 2020, the LaRoche House, one of the most iconic 19th-century houses in McIntosh County, was razed.
Discussions with friends of the owners indicate that this was not an easy decision, but the structure had deteriorated to the point that it was considered a liability.

I’ve been photographing the house for nearly a decade. These images were made in the months leading up to its demise.

It has been difficult to track down the early history of the house, but whatever it may be this is a significant architectural and historical loss for McIntosh County.

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Abandoned Store, Crescent

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LaRoche House, Crescent

This house likely dates to the 1870s, but that is just a guess; it could be 1850s. 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. 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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As of 4 April (Easter Sunday) 2021, the house has been razed.

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Gravesite of General Francis Hopkins, Crescent

General Francis Hopkins Headstone Hopkins Belleville Cemetery Crescent GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

In Memoriam – General Francis Hopkins – Obit MDCCCXXI – Aged 49 Years

General Francis Hopkins (10 November 1770 – 5 May 1821) gave the land for this cemetery, known as the Hopkins-Belleville Cemetery. It’s located behind Crescent Baptist Church. Born an only child to South Carolina parents in Bluffton with Loyalist ties, Hopkins and his wife Rebecca Sayre (March 1776 – 3 August 1850) moved to Georgia at the urging of Thomas Spalding, who sold the family several plantations along the coast. They first resided at Chatelet Plantation on Sapelo Island, better known today as Chocolate. He would eventually own five plantations and over 150 slaves.

Hopkins entered the Georgia Militia as a Lieutenant in McIntosh County. He was commissioned a Captain, then a Major of the McIntosh County Battalion during the War of 1812. In 1817 he was commissioned Brigadier-General, 1st Brigade of the 1st Division, in command of the militia in the counties of Wayne, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan, Chatham and Effingham.

General Hopkins served eight terms as McIntosh County’s representative in the state legislature and spent two years as a state senator. He was a justice of the McIntosh Inferior Court from 1813 until his death.

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The enclosed burial plot of his family is the most interesting feature of the cemetery. To access the site, you walk up a set of steps and then down a set of steps to get inside the enclosure.

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The smaller enclosure within the walls is likely the earliest feature; the bricks are beginning to collapse.

 

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Folk Art Gravesite Decoration, Crescent

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This was one of the neatest things I found in the historic Hopkins-Belleville Cemetery.

 

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Brannen Seafood Company, Crescent

Brannen Seafood has been a trusted purveyor of fresh Georgia seafood for many years.

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Sapelo River Fishing Pier, Crescent

 

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Crescent Baptist Church

 

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Crescent Knights Lodge No. 3233

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