Tag Archives: Lost Landmarks of Georgia

LaRoche House, Crescent

This house likely dates to the 1870s, but that is just a guess; it could be 1850s. Bobbie Spikes identified it as her grandparents’ home when I first published the images in 2012. Teresa LaRoche Riley, whose father grew up here as well, recently shared a photo of the house on Facebook. It is likely beyond repair, but it’s a wonderful remnant of a lost generation in Coastal Georgia.


The house still retains its original kitchen.


An interior view indicates it was occupied as recently as 20-25 years ago.


As of 4 April (Easter Sunday) 2021, the house has been razed.


Filed under --MCINTOSH COUNTY GA--, Crescent GA

Union Brotherhood Society, 1932, Liberty County

William McKinley Walthour, Sr., founded the Union Brotherhood Society or “The Society” in March 1932 to help provide for the proper burial of Negro citizens. During this period of segregation and Jim Crow Laws, Negroes were uninsured and had to use homemade pine boxes to bury their loved ones. The organization collected dues of ten and twenty-five cents monthly from its members; enabling them to have death and health benefits. The Society with 34 members still exists in 2006 with death benefits of $140.00 and sickness benefits of $10.00. At funerals, the Society members dressed in black and white, wore badges and greeted each other as Brother and Sister.

Anniversay celebrations, known as the “Society Turning Out,” had a worship program followed by fellowship, fun and games. The founding members were: William Walthour, Sr., Frank Baker, Willie Stevens, Joe Bowers, Wilhelmina Walthour, Beatrice Bowers, Gus Williams, Priscilla Maxwell, Rose Bell Roberts, Ben Maxwell, Sarah Jane Walthour, Joe Walthour, George Walthour Sr., William Brown, Rev. R.W. Monroe and Janie Stevens. Less than an acre of land was purchased and a building, structured similar to an old T-shaped church, was built by The Society members for their meetings and gatherings at this location in 1932. This monumment is a tribute to their unity, vision and community concern. Source: Historical marker placed in 2007 by the Liberty County Historical Society.

Such relics of the Jim Crow era are fading fast and are tangible evidence of a different world. It’s a shame to see this old building in such disrepair, but I’m glad Liberty County made the effort to mark this significant part of its history. (Though maps locate this at Midway, it’s a bit further inland).


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Filed under --LIBERTY COUNTY GA--

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 GA--, 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 GA--, 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 GA--, 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 GA--, 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 GA--, Savannah GA