Tag Archives: US 17: The Coastal Highway in Georgia

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.




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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.


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Gulf Station, 1930s, Midway

Gulf Station Midway GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Grady White’s garage on US 17 in Midway stays busy, so I was glad to get a shot on a Sunday. I’ve been told it dates to the 1930s and didn’t begin as a Gulf station, but I can’t confirm that.  I wish the sky had been more cooperative, but it seemed appropriate for the shot. There’s been one form or another of automotive service at this location for over 100 years. Amazing. And for many years, the station was the place to obtain the key to historic Midway Congregational Church, located just across Old Sunbury Road from the station.

Midway GA Liberty County Gulf Oil Station Neon Sign Circa 1930s Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

I can’t find a reference to the old station on the National Park Service’s nomination form for the Midway Historic District, but it probably wasn’t seen as an asset in 1973 when the form was compiled. Today, I believe it should be included in the historic district.


Filed under -LIBERTY COUNTY, Midway GA

Ebenezer Presbyterian Church & Reverend Joseph Williams Memorial, Freedmen’s Grove

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Midway Area Ebenezer Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Founded in 1887 by the Reverend Joseph Williams, Ebenezer Presbyterian is an important African-American congregation. Reverend Williams’s headstone, which faces the church from across US 17, reads: In Memory of Rev. Joseph Williams – Founder of Presbyterianism among the colored people of Georgia – Born in Providence Island West Indies A. D. 1805 – Died at Riceboro Ga U.S.A. Nov. 22, 1899.

Freedmens Grove GA Liberty County Reverend Joseph Williams Memorial Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

“A Chronicle of Black History in Liberty County, Georgia”, by Lillie Walthour Gillard, gives insight into the work of the Reverend Mr. Williams, as he was widely known.

The Reverend Joseph Williams, a native of the West Indies, came to Liberty County from Macon, Georgia, in the year 1867. On April 12, 1868, he organized a Presbyterian church in the building of “Old Midway” church with 300 members and worshipped there for eighteen years. This congregation became part of Knox Presbytery and of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and was known as the Midway Presby­terian Church. Following a period of controversy over the rights of occupancy of Old Midway-Congre­gational or Presbyterian-the Reverend Mr. Williams organized a group of forty-six persons formerly members of a church pastored by Dr. C. C. Jones. In 1880 the church moved to Riceboro where a new building was constructed with the assistance of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.


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Townsend House, Circa 1905, Eulonia

Eulonia GA McIntosh Manor Bed and Breakfast US 17 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Originally built as a boarding house, this fine old home on US 17 now serves as a bed and breakfast known as McIntosh Manor.


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Sidney Lanier Bridge, 2003, Brunswick

Sidney Lanier Bridge Brunswick GA From Jekyll Island Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

At 7779 feet, the Sidney Lanier Bridge has the longest span in Georgia. Reaching a height of 480 feet, it’s a replacement for the 1956 vertical-lift bridge of the same name. On 7 November 1972 the African Neptune struck the earlier bridge, resulting in ten deaths. On 3 May 1987 that bridge was again struck, this time by the Polish freighter Ziemia Bialostocka. Like Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, the new bridge’s cable-stayed construction is more stable and allows the necessary greater height for the booming container ship traffic of the Georgia coast.

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Abandoned Tourist Cabins, US 17, Darien


Common on all of America’s major highways from the 1930s to the 1960s, “tourist cabins” like these were the forerunners of motels and have largely disappeared from the American landscape today.


These are quite well-preserved and likely among the best examples remaining on the coast.




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