Tag Archives: Lost Landmarks of Coastal Georgia

Chicota Cottage Swimming Pool & Ruins, Jekyll Island

Along with one of the Corinthian lions that once guarded the property, these ruins and the abandoned swimming pool are all that remain of Edwin Gould’s beloved Chicota College.

Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark

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Filed under -GLYNN COUNTY, Jekyll Island GA

Craftsman Bungalow, Walthourville

The photo dates to 2012. The house was razed a couple of years ago.

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Filed under -LIBERTY COUNTY, Walthourville GA

Horse Stamp United Methodist Church, 1926, Camden County

According to the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, this congregation dates to circa 1814. [The church site lists it as Horse Stomp, not Horse Stamp, but all modern maps and the church signs themselves use Stamp]. Either is among Georgia’s most interesting place names. First established at a location used as a headquarters during the War of 1812, the name is said to originate from the clearing created by horses ‘stomping’ vegetation. The first house of worship was built of logs and several frame structures followed. The present structure dates to 1926.


Filed under -CAMDEN COUNTY

Archie’s Restaurant, Circa 1975, Darien


First opened at a nearby location in 1940, and once known as the Shrimp Boat Restaurant, Archie’s was a longtime Darien landmark and a favorite stop for travelers along the busy Coastal Highway (US 17).


As traffic moved off 17 and onto nearby I-95, business slowed and the restaurant was closed by 2006. The structure seen here opened circa 1975 and was demolished in 2015.




Filed under -MCINTOSH COUNTY, Darien GA

Vernacular House, Glynn County

Endangered House on US 17 Glynn County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

This house is a bit of a landmark on US 17, north of Brunswick. I notice it every time I drive past it, because it seems so out of place. Its condition is rapidly deteriorating. It appears to have been built in the American Foursquare style, with slight modifications. I’m sure it’s one of the oldest houses on US 17 in Glynn County.

Update: As of late 2019, this house has been demolished.


Filed under -GLYNN COUNTY

Dart House, 1877, Brunswick

Historic Dart House Brunswick GA In Danger of Demolition by Chamber of Commerce Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

William Robert Dart House, 1877, Brunswick © Brian Brown

I hate to say it, but here we go again! Yet another historic home, integral to the story of its community, is in danger of being lost. Taylor Davis, co-owner of Low Country Preservation in Brunswick, recently alerted me to the uncertain future of this house. The very people who should be standing behind it are the ones contemplating destroying it. Shame on the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and anyone who would suggest it should be torn down! Their ridiculous argument as to the property’s commercial over historical value is moot considering all the blighted properties on US 17.
From the “Save the Historic Dart House” Facebook page: After serving as a historical landmark in Brunswick, GA for 137 years, the Dart House is in danger of being destroyed.
The house was built in 1877 by William Robert Dart, son of Urbanus Dart, a founder of the city of Brunswick. The house has historical significance, overlooking the famous oak tree where Sidney Lanier penned his world-famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn.” After withstanding two hurricanes and numerous development projects, the house was completely restored in 1983 with the generous donations of the community to serve as the headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce and a landmark for the gateway to Brunswick. After 30 years of serving as a steward of the house, the Chamber of Commerce has changed course and is considering razing this historic gem to build a new office building. But there are options to save this house. The community is galvanizing around this cause and is in the process of presenting several options to the Chamber. Help us raise awareness and encourage the Chamber to choose a path that both respects and honors our town’s historical legacy while also meeting their needs.
After a serious effort by the Historic Brunswick Foundation to save it, the Dart House was razed on 29 March 2017.


Filed under -GLYNN COUNTY, Brunswick GA

Vernacular House, Riceboro

A recent clear-cutting operation has exposed several historic structures in the nearly forgotten African-American community of Chatman. Today, Chatman is part of Riceboro and can’t even be found on most maps.

As of 2015, this house appears to be gone.

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Filed under -LIBERTY COUNTY, Riceboro GA

Abandoned Store, Riceboro

This store, in the Chatman community of Riceboro, likely dates to the 1930s or 1940s. Chatman is an historic African-American community with few other tangible links to its history.

As of 2015, this structure is gone.




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Filed under -LIBERTY COUNTY, Riceboro GA

Beauty Shop Signs, Sunbury

I thought these were nice.

As of 2017, this beauty shop was razed.





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Filed under -LIBERTY COUNTY, Sunbury GA

Williams Seafood Sign, Savannah

Long before Paula Deen, before Elizabeth Terry, even before Mrs. Wilkes, there was Williams Seafood. This rusted old sign is all that remains of a longtime Savannah institution once so regionally famous it sold its deviled crabs and other signature items in grocery stores and supermarkets throughout the South. Many still miss those deviled crabs. The restaurant was destroyed by fire in 2004.



Filed under -CHATHAM COUNTY, Savannah GA