Category Archives: Bostwick GA

Cotton Gin, Bostwick

Bostwick GA Cotton Gin Dixie King One Variety Lummus Working Gin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This is one of just a few working Lummus gins in Georgia. It’s such an integral part of life in this community that it’s the namesake of the annual Cotton Gin Festival, held the first Saturday in November. Bostwick is a fascinating place that I’d recommend anyone visiting when they’re in the area.

Ginning Cotton Gin Workers Bostwick GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

One of the best descriptions and general histories of Bostwick can be found at my friend Dagmar Nelson’s Southern Exposures blog: http://milkaway.blogspot.com/2009/07/bostwick-ga.html

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Dixie King Cotton, Bostwick

Dixie King Cotton Seed House Bostwick GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

This is Seed House No. 2, part of the extensive Bostwick Supply & Gin Company.

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Bostwick Supply Company

Downtown Bostwick GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This large commercial block is symbolic of Bostwick’s agricultural prominence. The place is a step back in time. Unfortunately, structural collapse on the end of the Bostwick Supply Company, seen below, could threaten this view.

Bostwick GA Bostwick Supply Structure Collapsing Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

I hope an effort is made to stabilize this in some way, if possible.

Bostwick Supply Company Morgan County GA Coca Cola Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Visit Bostwick’s website here, and visit in person if you get the chance: http://www.bostwickga.com/

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Livery & Feed Stable, Bostwick

Bostwick GA Livery Feed Stable Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Bostwick Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Susie Agnes Hotel, 1902, Bostwick

Historic Susie Agnes Hotel Bostwick GA Morgan County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Built by John Bostwick, Sr., to accommodate burgeoning railroad traffic in the area, the Susie Agnes remains the crown jewel of Bostwick. Mr. Bostwick had purchased a large tract of land in the area and, encouraged by rapid growth, divided a portion of it into lots which became the town bearing his name.

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James A. Nolan House, 1906, Bostwick

Nolan House Bostwick GA Morgan County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

I waited five years to see this grand old home and wasn’t disappointed when I finally made my way here during the winter of 2015. Many of my fellow photographers have shot the interior; it wasn’t an option at the time of my visit, as the house is all boarded up now. Rumors swirl around this house as to its preservation status. I was led to believe that restoration of the property is imminent, though many have told me that this is always “in the works”. Whatever its future, it’s a tangible link to the plantation era in the Piedmont, when large numbers of laborers were required to support self-contained economies. The Nolan family worked this land (as much as 2000 acres) from about 1856 until 1970. A commissary and several outbuildings still dot the plantation grounds; some maintain that a slave cabin exists on the property, though this is apocryphal. The building in question is a tenant house with boards that are clearly not old enough to date to the antebellum era.

The first Nolan home in the area is still standing, as well, though not generally accessible to photographers.

Nolan House Bostwick GA Neoclassical Mansion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Collapsing Barn, Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation Collapsing Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

 

 

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