Tag Archives: Brooks County

Simmons Hill School-Brooks County, Georgia

I had no intention of ever posting this photo because it is simply not a good one. I arrived at the abandoned Simmons Hill Elementary School in Brooks County early in the morning. The schoolyard was being used for storage of construction equipment, so there was no good location to get the school.without the equipment.

I visited this school because I knew it was an extant Rosenwald School that had been expanded over the years. Since I just found a photo of the school when it was first a Rosenwald, I thought I would share that photo.

Reference: Georgia. Department of Education. Annual report of the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia …Atlanta, Ga.: State Printer.

Snow-Wasden House-Quitman, Georgia

Brooks County

If you’ve ever been to Quitman, Georgia, this home sits on the edge of town. It has been empty for years. It’s a home with a great deal of interest in it due to it’s imposing size on an open field, and due to it being a the site of a double murder. Jamie Snow Branch, and her husband, Lee Branch, were murdered by her brother Livingston Snow on December 17, 1937.

Liberty Baptist Church-Grooverville, Georgia

The Liberty Baptist Church is located in Grooverville, Georgia, in South Georgia. Built in 1858, the church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The historical sign on the property shares this info about the church, “Between 1837-1841 the Baptists in this section were stirred on Missions, Sunday Schools and ministerial support. In 1841 the Ocklochnee anti-Missionary Baptist Assn. passed a ruling to dismiss members believing in the “new fangled institutions of the day.” Disagreeing, Sister Nancy Hagen asked for her letter from Mt. Moriah Church and, at her request, was excommunicated. With Elisha Pack Smith, R. T. Stanaland, James I. Baker, Mrs. Sarah Ann Groover, Mrs. Mary Smith, Mrs. Amanda Denmark and Sam Whitfield, she organized this church. The first pastor was Elder R. J. May. Mt. Moriah Church ceased to exist long ago.”

Barney Colored Elementary School-Barney, Georgia

Brooks County

Built in 1933 in Brooks County, Georgia, this school was built with Rosenwald funds to serve Black school children of the county. The Morven Alumni Association, another Rosenwald School in the county, fund raised and helped get the building restored. This school building operated from 1933 to 1959. It now serves as a community building for Barney, Georgia and the surrounding towns. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.