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Roselon Plantation, Circa 1870, Liberty County

Also known as the Cassels-Martin House, this stately Italianate landmark was built by Richard Baxter Cassels on his father’s (Thomas Quarterman Cassels) plantation not long after the Civil War. He reared a family of six her and the home remained in the family and was used as a summer home for many years thereafter.

It is relatively unchanged from its original appearance, as the vintage photo (circa 1900-10) below would suggest. The barn with the cupola to the east of the house is no longer present.

Photo Source: Virginia Fraser Evans, Liberty County: A Pictorial History, Hinesville, 1979.

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Sam Ripley Farm, 1926, Liberty County

Sam Ripley, who was born to Harry Ripley around 1900, built this house on a section of his father’s land in 1926. He used salvaged wood and lumber discarded from area sawmills. For many years he worked at the Whitland Saw Mill (no longer extant) so some of the lumber likely came from there. As was typical of African-Americans in Liberty County at the time, Ripley maintained a subsistence farm. In 1934, Liberty County counted 560 African-American farmers cultivating 23,000 acres of their own land.

Ripley retired from the sawmill in 1940 but continued to do odd jobs around Midway and Dorchester, all while maintaining his farm. He died in 1988. The property was sold in 1994 and was used as a bed and breakfast for a time. It doesn’t appear to be in use at this time, but the property is well-maintained and is still being used as a small farm. Please note that it is private property and can only be viewed or photographed from the road.

National Register of Historic Places

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Gragg-Owen-Miller House, 1910, Brunswick

Thanks to Ginger Miller for identifying this wonderful Colonial Revival, which has been in her family for six generations. She writes: My grandparents (Gragg) purchased the house, my parents (Owen) had it next and now we (Miller) have the house. Mr. McKinnon who built the McKinnon House across the street built this house for his daughter. Our property was a part of the land grant for Glynn Academy. We have the abstract on the property dating back to 1835. She also notes that it has a brick basement, a real rarity in sea-level Brunswick.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Prairie Style Cottage, Brunswick

Though not a “textbook” example, this house is strongly influenced by the Prairie School.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Eclectic Victorian Houses, Brunswick

This house, and the house next door, are near twins. The first house features a porte cochere. Both have a general Victorian appearance, though the gable windows are Colonial Revival in style.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Major Columbia Downing House, 1886, Brunswick

Designed by Alfred Eichberg, who also designed Brunswick’s Old City Hall and Temple Beth Tefiloh, this is now home to Brunswick Manor, the most popular bed and breakfast in town. The original owner, Major Columbia Downing (1845-1924), was a big booster for commercial and residential development and chartered the National Bank of Brunswick in 1884. He was also the founder of the Downing Company, a naval stores factor, in 1890.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Eclectic House, Brunswick

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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