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Remains of Sunbury Plantation

Sunbury Plantation Entrance Arch Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The grand two-story plantation home of Mr. & Mrs. Allen Stevens once stood at this site on the Medway River. All that remain are a few outbuildings. I’m not sure when the house was built, but there is a photograph made from this perspective in the Georgia Archives dated 1958. See it here: http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/singleitem/collection/vg2/id/9209/rec/69. I got the impression from the present owner, Allen Fillingame, that the site was never a working plantation in the historic sense and wasn’t even built until the late 1950s.

Sunbury Plantation Liberty County GA Blackbeard Creek Medway River Arch Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

From just inside the arched entryway there’s a nice view of the Medway River.

Sunbury Plantation Medway River Blackbeard Creek Beach Ship Boat Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

A beached boat, as well as a sunken barge, rest just off the property.

Sunbury Plantation Liberty County GA Creekside Landing Landscape Design Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The entrance was quite elaborate, among the most ornamental on the coast.

Sunbury Plantation Landing Side Remains Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The two enclosed terraces were once filled with oleander, surely a fantastic site when they were in full bloom.

Sunbury Plantation Liberty County GA View of Medway River Blackbeard Creek Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The view of the river harkens to a time of much grander properties, more akin to those on the Mississippi River than the Georgia coast.

Sunbury Plantation Liberty County GA Front Steps Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

The front steps are all that remain of the main house.

Sunbury Plantation Garage Liberty County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

A tractor is the only thing parked in the garage today.

Sunbury Plantation Kennel Liberty County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia  USA 2016

A very nice kennel is located on the property, as well.

Sunbury Plantation Smoke House Liberty County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

A brick smokehouse is also still standing.

Sunbury Plantation Guest House Liberty County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

This simple frame structure served as the plantation’s guest house.

Sunbury Plantation Cold War Era Fallout Bomb Shelter Entrance Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

Also on the property is a Cold War-era fallout/bomb shelter.

Sunbury Plantation Cold War Era Bomb Shelter Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

I was unable to go inside, as it was quite wet.

 

 

 

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Gulf Station, 1930s, Midway

Gulf Station Midway GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Grady White’s garage on US 17 in Midway stays busy, so I was glad to get a shot on a Sunday. I’ve been told it dates to the 1930s and didn’t begin as a Gulf station, but I can’t confirm that.  I wish the sky had been more cooperative, but it seemed appropriate for the shot. There’s been one form or another of automotive service at this location for over 100 years. Amazing. And for many years, the station was the place to obtain the key to historic Midway Congregational Church, located just across Old Sunbury Road from the station.

Midway GA Liberty County Gulf Oil Station Neon Sign Circa 1930s Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

I can’t find a reference to the old station on the National Park Service’s nomination form for the Midway Historic District, but it probably wasn’t seen as an asset in 1973 when the form was compiled. Today, I believe it should be included in the historic district.

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Neighborhood Store, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Historic African American Store Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

In 2011, Kimberly Robinson told Vanishing South Georgia that her father owns the house and the store and is in the process of slowly restoring both structures.

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Lambright House, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Lambright House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

The iconic home of Rosa Lambright remains the symbol of the Freedmen’s Grove community (sometimes spelled, as on the adjacent road, Freedman or Freedman’s Grove). I can’t resist driving by when I’m in the area and have photographed it numerous times over the past eight years. Olivia Baker shared background on the house on Vanishing South Georgia on 31 March 2010: …The lady that lived in this house was a dynamic elementary school teacher. Ms. Lambright taught generations of families in the Liberty County community. She was affectionately known and respected by members of the Limerick, and Freedman Grove community, and a faithful member and leader of the “Ebernezer Presbyterian Church. [She] actively supported the annual Vacation Bible School and end of the summer “August Picnic”. The community looked forward to these events each year.  On 6 August 2010 she added: Ms. Lambright taught 1st – 3rd grades in a two-room wood framed, white schoolhouse, located about 3/4 mile down Freedman Grove Road. 4th – 5th Grades were taught by Mrs. M. Baker. Ms. Lambright taught my father and my mother, my father was born in 1918. I was born in 1945; she taught me and my four older siblings. I do not know the exact dates she taught. However, I do know that she taught between 1918 and 1950’s. On or about 1953 the two-room school closed, when similiar schools throughout Liberty County were closed and students attending these smaller 2-room “schools” were transferred to the Liberty County Elementary/High School. I subsequently graduated from Liberty County High School in 1963. Also, during those years public schools were still segregated…

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Lambright House Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

It’s an anchor, a sustainable property of the sort that was once the rule among African-American communities in Coastal Georgia.

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Lambright House Spaniel on Fencepost Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

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Vernacular House, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Vernacular House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This was a commonly seen style in Gullah-Geechee and other African-American communities on the Georgia coast in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. As in other communities, coastal vernacular houses focused on practicality over style, but over time have come to be appreciated for their unassuming simplicity.

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Vernacular House, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Historic African American Community Vernacular House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

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Chattel-Style House, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Chattel Style House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

This style originates in Barbados and is occasionally found in African-American communities on the coast. Examples are increasingly rare. This one is has been preserved and adapted for continued use, though not as a dwelling.

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