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Apalachee School, 1911

Apalachee School House Red Clapboard Two Story Morgan County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

From the Morgan County Bicentennial Historic Marker, placed here in 2007: The name Apalachee is derived from the Indian Tribe that was part of the Creek Confederation, though there is no evidence that this tribe had ever settled in this area. The town of Apalachee was incorporated by the Georgia Legislature in 1907. However, this community has roots that are much older. The area around Apalachee was settled prior to 1820 and is considered to be one of the oldest communities in Morgan County. The community of Dogsborough predates the formal incorporation of Apalachee, and was the site of an early post office and dry goods store. Additionally, references to the community of Shields and Hulletto identify their locations in proximity to Apalachee along the railroad.

The Apalachee community has also been referred to as Florence. The Central Railroad came through Apalachee, the station was name Florence Depot in honor of local citizen; however, by the time of incorporation, the name “Apalachee” had been chosen. Subsequent references to the post office location, schools, churches and civic organizations identify this area with the name Apalachee. The railroad brought commercial development, including three general merchandise stores, a cotton gin, a cotton oil refinery, and a seed house by 1920. In the early 20th century, Apalachee boasted of several documented cultural societies, including a Glee Club, a Players´ Club (for music), a Literary Club, and the Apalachee Improvement Club, all of which supported the betterment of the town.

Apalachee GA School House Red Clapboard Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

National Register of Historic Places

http://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/00000527

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Monticello High School, 1922

Monticello High School GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Jasper County’s first high school, Monticello Academy, was built on this location in 1890 and demolished in 1921. Architect Henry Jordan designed the present structure, which was used for high school classes until 1956. From 1956-1975, various lower grades met here, and in 1975, the building was vacated. The Jasper County Historical Foundation acquired it in 1979 and has operated it since. A 2005 inheritance from the Thomas Persons estate has allowed much-needed renovations and insured a healthy future for this much-loved local landmark, now known as Thomas Persons Hall.

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Ben Hill School, 1915, Hillsboro

Ben Hill School Hillsboro GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Seen from the North, on GA 11, coming from Monticello.

This now serves as the Hillsboro community center. It’s a wonderful preservation of a typical early-20th-centry rural school house.

Hillsboro GA Ben Hill School Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Seen from the South, on GA 11, coming from Round Oak.

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Round Oak School, Circa 1923

Round Oak GA School House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

I believe this is the school built to replace one built in 1912 and deemed unsafe by 1923. According to Jones County Historian Carrie Williams it was built using material from the earlier structure and used until rural schools were consolidated in the county in 1946. I’m unsure if this was the school house or the auditorium.

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Beulah School, Hancock County

Beulah Schoolhouse Hancock County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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Trinity School (African-American), Early 20th Century, Hancock County

One Room School House at Trinity CME Church African American Hancock County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This is located beside Trinity C. M. E. Church, between Jewell and Culverton. By its design, I’d guess that it was built by the congregation in the early 1900s. A similar schoolhouse, located beside Needwood Baptist Church in Glynn County, was built in 1907. Amazingly, this  was in use as an elementary school for African-Americans until 1959.

One Room School House Trinity CME Church African American Hancock County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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