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Fort Indian Springs Antique & Flea Market

John Hanley and family have maintained a flea market near Indian Springs for years. This is just a small glimpse of what they offer. It looks like they have a little bit of everything.

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Georgia Guidestones, 1980, Elbert County

Known as the Georgia Guidestones and standing nearly 20 feet high, the six granite slabs situated beside a field nine miles north of Elberton have become a curious tourist attraction since their erection in 1980. Because of the anonymous origin and patronage of the guidestones, controversy has always surrounded them.  In their April 2009 issue, Wired dubbed them the “American Stonehenge” and published a great essay on their history and the ensuing conspiracy theories. They noted that they may be the most enigmatic monument in America…inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

Four slabs radiate from a central slab with a capstone atop the array which, when viewed from above give the appearance of a star. Ten guidelines are inscribed on the guidestones in eight modern languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) with a shorter message inscribed on top in four ancient languages (Babylonian Cuneiform, Classic Greek, Sanskrit, Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs) . The ten guidelines, translated, are: 1) Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2) Guide reproduction wisely-improving diversity and fitness. 3) Unite humanity with a living new language. 4) Rule passion-faith-tradition-and all things with tempered reason. 5) Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. 6) Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. 7) Avoid petty laws and useless officials. 8) Balance personal rights with social duties. 9) Prize truth-beauty-love-seeking harmony with the infinite. 10) Be not a cancer on the earth- Leave room for nature- Leave room for nature.

An explanatory tablet, a few feet away from the Guidestones, notes the date of dedication (22 March 1980), identifies the languages used and the astronomical coordinates of the site, and reads: Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason.

 

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Giant Rocking Chair, Hall County

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Located at the corner of Lula Road and Persimmon Tree Road just north of Lula, this oversized rocking chair is well-known landmark to travelers in the area. Dwight Oliver built it around 2006 for children visiting his Goldbrook Pumpkin Farm, but it has since become a permanent fixture. Stop by and take a picture when you’re in the area.

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Greenville Presbyterian Church, 1836, Meriwether County

historic greenville presbyterian church meriwether county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

This historic congregation was formed by Reverend Edward Lanier and Reverend Jesse Sratton on 27 March 1829. The Presbyterians of  Greenville were granted a lot in town for the building of a house of worship but sold it and built this one-room church a few miles from town in 1836, preferring a rural setting. Though it never boasted a large congregation, Greenville Presbyterian was quite active in the community. Dwindling membership and a newer church in Greenville, Stacy Presbyterian, led to the closure of the church in 1963 but it reopened in 1972. A small but determined congregation still holds services here. Greenville Presbyterian is significant as one of just a few antebellum Presbyterian churches in Georgia.

historic greenville presbyterian church graveyard meriwether county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

The cemetery is one of the most historic in the area. Perhaps the most fascinating interment is John Gaston, who was famously known as “The Giant”, for his 7’6″, 340-pound stature at a time when the average height was about 5’7″. Gaston was born in Chester County, South Carolina in 1821 and died in Woodbury in 1866. His slab has been damaged over the years, and a smaller adjacent slab corrects previous statistics, which stated his height as 7′ and his weight at 430 pounds.

greenville presbyterian church cemetery john a gaston the giant headston photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

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Art House, Carlton

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This is the home of Mike Jones and Stephanie Astalos-Jones. Stephanie writes: All the art here IS for sale. There is a small sign on the corner of Lexington and Highway 72 that says “art for sale” and points this way…Our hope is that our house is known as an art house where people can come and find original art.

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Red Hand on Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

It was hard not to stop after seeing this big hand on a tree in the yard.

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Stencils Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing NOrth Georgia USA 2015

Regarding the beautiful decoration of the house, Stephanie explains: Every bit of that is hand painted. I’m a pysanky artist (batik work on egg shell) and I wanted to put pysanky style artwork on the house. I’m also a professional actor

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

There were three sculptures in the yard, and the remains of an old tuba attached to a post. Stephanie notes: My husband is a sculptor and a jazz saxophone player. Those are his pieces you show in the yard. It’s nice to see them again since all are sold now.

Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Sculptures Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The sculptures first made me think of Cycladic art, but they have Polynesian and mythological influences, as well.

Outsider Art Stone Scullpture Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Outsider Art Sculpture Whimsical Carlton Madison County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Outsider Art Sculpture Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Muffler Man, Washington

Washington GA Wilkes County Muffler Man Oversized Fiberglass Statue Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This oversized fiberglass advertising “statue” always gets my attention. I’ve found older images online that suggest that this was once a muffler shop, and that the figure was called the Muffler Man. The building is now known as God’s Marketplace, a non-denominational faith-based service center.

Muffler Man Gods Marketplace Washington GA Wilkes County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

http://www.godsmarketplacega.com/

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Carnival Game Clown, Bowman

Bowman GA Elbert County Antique Store Fair Clown Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This is one of several old carnival game heads used as ornaments on Ann’s Tiques, Bowman’s cleverly named antique store.

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