Tag Archives: Oglethorpe County

Vesta Baptist Church-Vesta, Georgia

This church is located in the community of Vesta in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Amis-Elder House-Crawford, Georgia

Oglethorpe County

Built around 1805, the Amis-Elder house is a plantation plain house that sits in rural Oglethorpe County. It is one of the oldest homes in the county. the Amis family owned the home until 1867 when it was sold to the Alcock-Elder family.

It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Maxeys Country Store-Maxeys, Georgia

This building used to sit at the center of town in Maxeys, Georgia. Unfortunately, it burned a few months after I took this photo. The Winkles, the couple who ran the store, lived in the back. Mr. Winkle, a former mayor of the town, lost his life battling the fire which happened in January 2021.

Durham Apothecary and Museum-Maxeys, Georgia

This was the apothecary initially for Dr. Milledge Spencer Durham. Built in the early 1840s, Dr. William Meigs Durham took over next. His brother, Dr. John Lindsey Durham, worked with him for a bit in the office. William eventually sold the business to his cousins, Dr. Samuel Durham and Dr. William Orlando Durham.

Source: The Durham Doctors

A. J. Gillen Department Store-Maxeys, Georgia

Oglethorpe County

Built in 1908, the AJ Gillen Department Store was known as Macy’s of the South. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Maxeys, but there was a movement towards restoration. In 2018, it was listed as a Place in Peril by the Georgia Trust. It’s a lovely building with superb detailing.