Vernacular housing of the early 20th century, much of it related to the Gullah-Geechee community, is growing much rarer on the coast. Survivors are important links to the cultural history of the region, though I know of no effort to preserve them or their history.
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Hidden on the edge of the road by thick woods today, these utilitarian hip-roof/pyramidal cottages are some of the last surviving examples of a vernacular style that was once widespread among the African-American communities of the coastal counties, as well as many areas of the state.
Because of their isolation, there is not a good way to photograph them other than showing them in their present state. They will eventually succumb to the ravages of time, but I think they are very important examples.
Just outside Pembroke, this row of tobacco barns is reminiscent of a scene that was once common throughout Georgia. Productive farmers often situated their tobacco barns in close proximity on dirt lanes like this one. While many wouldn’t expect to find tobacco cultivation near the coast, northern Bryan County, where Pembroke is located, is more similar to inland Georgia than Coastal Georgia.
Jan Deal Henrix notes that the barns were originally owned by Albert Floyd and are now owned by his nephew.
The barns are in amazing condition, considering they likely date from the 1940s or 1950s.
Thanks to Linda Shaver Starling for bringing these to my attention.
Thanks to Jan Deal Hendrix for her assistance with identifying this property, and many others in Pembroke. The Tindol family owned the hotel until the mid-1990s. Jan recalls that Mrs. Tindol lived here with her daughter Agnes, who had a beauty shop in downtown Pembroke.
Pembroke Historic District, National Register of Historic Places