Initially built as a plantation plain or I-house in 1849, the Asa Chandler home showcases Folk Victorian additions. Reverend Asa Chandler was a Baptist preacher and small-scale farmer in Elbert County. He utilized enslaved labor to cultivate a wide variety of crops on his land.
According to Scott Reed, an Athens-based preservationist, this home is believed to be older than want is stated in the National Register of Historic Places and that it first started as a dog trot.
In 1917, the home was purchased by Walter Jones.
The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
If you’ve ever looked at the Farm Security Administration photos in Georgia, you likely stumbled across Jack Delano’s work. He took photos of this home in Temperance Bell and called it the “Plea Flucker House.”
I always felt confident that the house no longer stood because of its condition in 1941. Wondered why it was called “Plea Flucker.” Knowing that houses are often named after the first owners of a home, I dove into Ancestry records to see if I could determine who or what “Plea Flucker” was. Based on Census, Findagrave, and tax records, I was able to determine that this was Palemon Fluker’s home. Several generations of Flukers lived in the area, and Palemon is buried in the Woodville Cemetery, which is next to Temperance Bell. I am guessing Plea was either a nickname, a misunderstanding of the name, or Delano misread his notes once the photos were printed.
This image can be found in the 1914 Annual Report of the Commissioner of Commerce and Labor State of Georgia. Even though I can’t get an exact match, I believe these houses are on Bellevue Avenue. The one furthest away doesn’t seem to exist anymore.
Now known as the Beech Springs Methodist Church, the congregation was founded in 1878. It got its name because of a nearby spring that was surrounded by beech trees. At the time of the church’s founding, there were no nearby Methodist churches.
The church was built by Elbert Millirons, a founding member of the church, with the assistance of two Black carpenters, Uzell Sherman and Joe Sears. The first pastor was Julian Toole.
The church was expanded in 1916 to add Sunday school classrooms. In 1931, the building was completely remodeled which you can see on Brian Brown’s Vanishing Georgia site.
Photo and information pulled from History of Twiggs County by the Major General John Twiggs Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jeffersonville, Georgia.