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Rhodes Grocery, Wilkes County

This is located in the Beulah* community on the Wilkes-Lincoln County line. Thanks to Ricci Rhodes Cameron and Randy Rhodes for the identification. Ricci writes, via our Facebook page: It was originally Beard Grocery. My great-grandfather started it, and my grandfather bought it, and changed the name to Rhodes Grocery. When it closed it was known as Ricks Place, owned by Rick Harper, a cousin.

*Regarding Beulah: there are at least six communities in Georgia with the name and at least 57 in the United States.

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Sayer-Norman House, Tignall

Tignall GA Washington County Abandoned Victorian House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This house always gets my attention when I’m passing through Tignall. Billie Anne Anderson-Smith writes: When I was growing up(in the 60s and 70s) it belonged to the Sayer family. Then a sweet little lady by the name Gracie Norman bought it and kept it really pretty for years. She passed away with cancer. She has children in the Augusta area but I don’t know their location. The flower sign that Adam speaks of was always so pretty. She was a member of the North Wilkes Sterring Committee which is a club that is responsible for the Tignall Sign as you enter the city limits, and for the winning years of the Governer’s competition as stated on the sign. The NWSC sponsors the “I’d Rather Be In Tignall” Festival every year, the second Saturday in November.

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Tignall Welcome Sign

Tignall GA Washington County Historic Community Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Twin Oak Baptist Church, Wilkes County

Historic Twin Oak Baptist Church African American Wilkes County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This historic African-American church is located between Washington and Tignall. It sits on a beautiful ridge near the site of Walnut Hill Academy (1788), one of the most prominent schools in Georgia in its time, on the plantation of the Reverend John Springer.

Historic Twin Oak Baptist Church African American Lillie Weems Cohen Family Tree Headstone Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The headstone of centenarian Lillie Weems-Cohen, showing her family tree.

Historic Twin Oak Baptist Church Cemetery African American Symbolism Elephant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

An elephant adorns a recent gravesite.

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Oxeye Daisies, Wilkes County

Oxeye Daisies Roadside Wildflowers Chrysanthemum leucanthemum vulgare Highway 17 Wilkes County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

In late spring and early summer, thousands of Oxeye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) blanket the roadside ditches on Georgia Highway 17 between Washington and Tignall. Though these beloved plants are non-native, they’re naturalized in all 50 states and throughout most of Canada.

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Aristides Callaway House, 1869, Wilkes County

Callaway Plantation Historic Site Wilkes County GA House Built by Aristides Callaway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Built by Aristides Callaway with bricks of Georgia red clay, the focal point of Callaway Plantation Historic Site was home to the Callaway family until 1910. It was never electrified or equipped with modern plumbing, so it’s an authentic glimpse into Georgia plantation life between Reconstruction and the early 20th century. Many original antiques can still be found in the house, as well. There are other historic buildings on this plantation, which is open to the public as a historic site operated by the City of Washington. It’s located five miles west of Washington on Georgia Highway 78, just across from the airport. Call 706-678-7060, for hours and more information.

National Register of Historic Places

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Grey House, Circa 1790, Wilkes County

Callaway Plantation Historic Site Wilkes County GA Jacob Callaway Grey House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Built by Job Callaway to replace the family’s first dwelling (akin to the log cabin seen in previous post), this Federal Plain-style house was home to the Callaway family until 1869, when the larger plantation house was constructed. Originally located across the highway on the site of the Washington-Wilkes County Airport, it was moved here in the 1960s. It’s decorated in period antiques today.

Callaway Plantation Historic Site Wilkes County GA Jacob Callaway Grey House Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

National Register of Historic Places

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