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Carson’s Supermarket, Farmington

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Coca Cola Gulf Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

I first came to know of this structure through an online community of Georgia photographers in 2008 and was immediately intrigued by it. Returning to South Georgia from a visit to Athens in 2010, I made a point of traveling in this direction and by chance just happened to meet one of Georgia’s most accomplished artists, John L. Cleaveland, Jr., as I was photographing the store. John introduced himself and his young son and showed me inside the store, which he owns and uses for work. He was even aware of my work at Vanishing South Georgia and was very encouraging as to the scope of my project. I’m very grateful for our brief visit.

Farmington GA Carsons Super Market Murals Restored by John Cleaveland Oconee County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

His gallery notes that his “paintings are more than mere landscapes. They reflect his incredible attention to detail and his knowledge and respect of the history of the South. The abstraction of light and shadow, the harsh beauty of nature, and the cycle of life and death are all given space in his paintings.” Having had the privilege of seeing a few for myself, I concur.

To see John Cleaveland’s work, visit his gallery here: http://bluespiral1.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=715

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Restoration, Farmington

Farmington GA Oconee County Vernacular House Cabin Restoration Mixed Roof Tin Shingles Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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Meadow Gold Truck, Oconee County

Meadow Gold Milk Dairy Ice Cream Truck Oconee County GA Next Door to Hot Thomas BBQ and Gin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This is located directly in front of the Thomas Gin, seen in the previous post, and is next door to the Hot Thomas Barbeque restaurant.

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Thomas Gin, Oconee County

Thomas Gin Oconee County GA Continental System Agricultural Heritage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This old Continental gin has been well maintained over the years. It’s located beside another area landmark, Hot Thomas Barbeque.

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Elder Mill Covered Bridge, 1897, Oconee County

Elder Mill Covered Bridge Oconee County GA Historic Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

One of just 13 functional covered bridges remaining in Georgia, the Elder Mill bridge is all the more exceptional when you discover that it’s actually been moved and has remained in use.

Elder Mill Covered Bridge National Register of Historic Places Oconee County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Historic Marker Text: Built in 1897 by Nathaniel Richardson, this 99-foot-long bridge originally carried the Watkinsville-Athens Road over Calls Creek. It was moved here to Rose Creek in 1924 and the road was relocated to its present site. The nearby grist mill ceased operations in 1941. Constructed in the Town lattice design, the bridge’s web of planks crisscrossing at 45- to 60-degree angles are fastened with wooden pegs, or trunnels, at each intersection. It is one of the few covered bridges in Georgia continuing to carry traffic without underlying steel beams.

Rose Creek Oconee County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

If you visit the bridge, make sure you drive across, pull over and walk down to beautiful Rose Creek. Views like this one are almost guaranteed, and it’s all free.

National Register of Historic Places

http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/94000389

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Bradford Pottery, Bishop

Bradford Pottery Bishop GA Oconee County Blue Bruck Wall Mural Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sometimes, plain and simple says it best.

https://www.facebook.com/BradfordPottery/

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