Category Archives: The Ridge GA

Patterson-Brown House, Circa 1870, The Ridge

William Henry Patterson came to Darien after the Civil War and purchased the land on which he built this house from the Blount family. The neighborhood on the Old Shell Road (Georgia Highway 99), known as The Ridge, was an exclusive retreat for river pilots and timber brokers who worked in Darien, three miles to the south. Captain Patterson was a successful bar pilot who guided timber in and out of Darien.

The house was originally a Georgian cottage with a central hallway, two rooms deep, and featured a detached kitchen and shed veranda porch. Captain Patterson lived here for just two years before building a more formal house across the street.

The Redding family later owned the home and “modernized” it in 1938, adding the bay windows, an attached kitchen, front and rear foyers within  the central hallway, and hardwood flooring over the heart pine. Hannah deSoto Brown and Andy Tostensen purchased it in 1973 and restored many of the original features, including the hallway, high ceilings, and rough plaster walls. It’s a very welcoming space and I’m grateful to Hannah for sharing the history.

The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Captain Dean House, Circa 1893, The Ridge

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The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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James Cromley House, Circa 1875, The Ridge

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James Cromley, who was the keeper of the Sapelo Island lighthouse between 1873-1889, and the first of several Cromleys to hold that position, built this home in the mid-1870s. It is also known as the Cromley-Waters-Brandt House, for later owners. Thanks to Missy Brandt Wilson for the historical background.

The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Moses H. Thompson House, 1870, The Ridge

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William H Davis writes: This is the Thompson family home. My great-great grandmother bought the lot behind this house from the Thompsons in the 1880s. The home is still in her estate but is abandoned. I spent many happy summers there on The Ridge.

The present owner, Virginia Hames Troy, is restoring the house. She writes: The first owner of our 1870 house, Moses H. Thompson, sold an adjoining lot to Mr. Davis’ great-great-grandmother (a friend of Mrs. Thompson’s) and also a few acres further back to James Cromley, who was Sapelo Island’s lighthouse keeper from 1873 -1889. Moses Thompson was a manager for Hilton Lumber Company’s sawmill on Union Island which was located near the site of Blue N Hall Marina. There are interesting stories about Thompson and 19 other men who were captured by Union soldiers while trying to run a Union blockade of Doboy Sound. Most were taken to a prison in Philadelphia and had to walk home to Georgia at the end of the Civil War.

The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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North River, McIntosh County

North River McIntosh County GA Hird Island Area Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

One of numerous tidal rivers and creeks to be found in McIntosh County, the North River is accessible at Blue-n-Hall Road.

North River McIntosh County GA Hird Island Area Private Sailboats Watercraft Dock Blue N Hall Rod & Gun Club Marina Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

There’s a boat ramp here, as well as the Rod & Gun Club Marina.

North River McIntosh County GA Hird Island Area Private Sailboats Watercraft Dock Blue N Hall Marina Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

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Rod & Gun Club Marina, The Ridge

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This marina, located off Georgia Highway 99 just north of Ridgeville  was known for years as Blue & Hall’s Marina. The road here leading to the North River is known as Blue-n-Hall Road. Missy Brandt notes that this area was the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops in 1862.

 

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DeLorme House, 1894, The Ridge

The Ridge Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Thanks to Melissa Pope-Scott & Bryce Baumgartner for sharing a bit of their home’s history. Melissa writes:  This home was built originally by a Mr. De Lorme, early Darien attorney. He built it for his daughter who lived in the home for many decades with her life partner, Annie. Miss De Lorme was a pharmacist and owned Dariens first drug store. Annie was a school teacher for the Methodist church school at The Ridge. They are buried together in the De Lorme family plot at St. Andrews Cemetery at Ashantilly. The McQuaig family owned it much later on.

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