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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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T. H. Nolan Commissary, Bostwick

Nolan Store Commissary Bostwick GA Morgan County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Like most true plantations of its era, the Nolan property supported its own commissary, which was essentially a credit-based store for employees. The building takes on the common rectangular box form of country stores at the turn of the last century; I’m not sure if the false front was added later, or if it was an original feature.

The Famous Nolan House Nolan Store View Bostwick GA Morgan County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The view of the “big house” from the commissary is a reminder of the complete dependence workers had on the plantation economy. The store likely served the general public, as well, as the remnant name-plate of a Coca-Cola sign indicates.

T H Nolan Store Sign Plantation Commissary Bostwick GA Morgan County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Tenant House, Nolan Plantation

Nolan Plantation Tenant House Ruins Local Stone Chimney Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Though in a rapid state of decline, this is one of the earlier outbuildings still standing on the grounds of the old Nolan Plantation. The chimney, made of locally sourced stone, is a good indicator of its age.

Nolan Plantation Tenant House Red Clay Bostwick GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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