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Hip Roof Cottage, Walthourville

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Eclectic House, Circa 1884, Walthourville

This unusual house likely originated as a central hallway design with the protruding “wings” being later additions.

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Colonel Edward Payson Miller House, Circa 1845, Walthourville

I identified this as the Miller House, using a photograph in Virginia Fraser Evans’s Liberty County: A Pictorial History. Colonel Miller was a Confederate veteran associated with the Liberty Independent Troop and one of the most prominent members of the community, serving as a leader in the Walthourville Presbyterian Church. It is also known as the Miller-Dryden House.

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Pyramidal Roof Cottage, Circa 1904, Walthourville

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Historic Baptismal Trail, Riceboro

African-Americans were baptized in this swamp beginning in the 1840s. It’s just downstream from a well-known fishing and swimming spot known as Round Hole and was likely chosen for its proximity to that natural landmark.

Baptisms were first performed on enslaved persons by white members of the nearby North Newport Church. When the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854, the slaves renamed the church First African Baptist Church and continued ritual baptisms here until the 1940s. Some of their descendants are the Geechee people who still live nearby.

Today, the Historic Baptismal Trail has been memorialized as a public park with a  boardwalk, including signage identifying plants and trees that were historically important to the community.

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Ida Mae & Joe’s Truck Stop, 1938, Midway

Some have suggested it was among the oldest truck stops in America.

 

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Ballard Jones House, Midway

This was the home of Ballard Jones, Sr., who owned the gas station across from Midway Church. It has been abandoned for many years.

Thanks to Della Martin Horne for the identification.

 

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