Tag Archives: Depots & Railroadiana of Coastal Georgia

Ritz Theatre, 1899, Brunswick

Originally home to the offices of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad and the Grand Opera House, the historic Ritz Theatre is a preservation success story. Thanks to the efforts of Heather Heath and the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association and the Fox Theatre Institute, the Ritz has returned to its rightful place as a cultural anchor for downtown Brunswick.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dorchester Depot, Liberty County

I assumed this was a schoolhouse, as it’s located on Old Seabrook School Road, but apparently, it was the old Dorchester Depot.

Historic Seabrook Village writes: This…is the Dorchester Train Depot that once stood at the railroad tracks in Midway. It was first moved to Martin Road in Midway where it was a laundromat and daycare center. It was later acquired by the Seabrook Village Foundation and moved to Old Seabrook School Road in Seabrook. It was stabilized but not restored. After being awarded grant money through the ISTEA program, the foundation was arbitrarily cut out of the grant by the Liberty County Development Authority in September 2001.

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Flemington, Hinesville & Western Railroad Depot, Circa 1912, Hinesville

Originally located on Main Street, this depot was moved to its present location around 2005. The Flemington, Hinesville & Western had a line that ran five miles to the McIntosh community via Flemington and though intended to run as far as Glennville, never completed that route. It was renamed the Savannah, Hinesville & Western in 1916 and by 1917 was out of business as a commercial carrier. It was purchased by the Dunlevie Lumber Company in 1917 and operated as a lumber road for several years thereafter. It is presently home to a printing business.

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Altamaha River Park, Everett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this aerial photograph on a recent trip with veteran pilot Frank Lee and photographer Mike McCall.

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Seaboard Air Line Depot, 1916, Kingsland

Recently moved and restored through grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the Kingston Depot now serves as the downtown welcome center. It’s so nice to see small communities restoring these icons of the railroad era and understanding the impact they have on tourism.

Kingston Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Altamaha River Swing Bridge, Everett

Abandoned by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in the 1980s, the trestle/swing bridge seen here dates to the days of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and in the heyday of passenger trains, carried the Orange Blossom Special and other legendary passenger cars. It’s the most prominent landmark at the Altamaha River Park.

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The bridge is also a popular landmark for boaters traveling down the Altamaha to the coast.

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Relighting of the Ritz Theatre Sign, Brunswick

Originally built as the Grand Opera House and headquarters of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad, the Ritz Theatre is now maintained by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association. The Fox Theatre Institute was a primary supporter of the effort to relight its historic sign, and a huge crowd was on hand for the ceremony.

 

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