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Fern Crest Dairy-Washington County, Georgia

From the February 16, 1904 Sandersville Progress

Built at a Cost of Eight Thousand Dollars – Fern Crest Dairy, one mile north of Sandersville, is the largest in Georgia. Dr. Wm. Rawlings, the owner, has recently had finished a model barn which will house three hundred cows, each in a seperate stall. The barn is round and is 480 feet in circumference. There are now 175 cows and a large number of calves in the barn. The floor is made of concrete and is kept clean. In the center of the building there is a large silo, cylinder in shape, extending to the roof, which will contain seven hundred tons of green corn. This corn is taken from the fields when the roasting ears are sufficiently matured and is chopped up by machinery and stored in the silo, making the finest kind of forage for cattle. It smells like apple brandy and the cows are very fond of it, preferring it to any kind of feed. Each stall is provided with fresh water which is conveyed through pipes to buckets conveniently arranged for the cows to drink from. Halters are used to keep the cows in their positions, which permit them to lie down or move about without leaving their stalls. When a visitor goes to the dairy the immense circular barn full of animals reminds him of a circus. The dairy is now turning out one hundred pounds of butter daily, besides supplying the demand for milk and cream at Sandersville and Tennille, two modern dairy wagons being in use for this purpose.

Other images can be found at the following links:

Digital Library of Georgia


Masonic Temple-Sandersville, Georgia

Erected in 1855-56 for the Masons inspired by the Parthenon, the Masonic Temple stood near Sandersville courthouse. Built of brick that was handmade by enslaved laborers, it survived Sherman’s troops. It was one of the only remaining buildings in the town. It was lost to fire in 1921.

Public domain photo: Mitchell, E. (1924). History of Washington county. Atlanta, Ga.: Byrd printing co..

T. J. Elder High and Industrial School, Georgia

Located in Sandersville, Georgia, the T. J. Elder High and Industrial School is a Rosenwald School built in 1927 for $18,600. The six-teacher type school was expanded behind the building over the years. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Named for Thomas Jefferson Elder, Elder was an important educator who opened his first school in 1889. He and his wife, Lucy Lillian Phinizy, are buried in front of the school.

Old City Cemetery-Sandersville, Georgia

Founded in 1836 and expanded in 1868, the Old City Cemetery is located in a 4.5 acre plot of land near the town center. The cemetery features several different types of markers that represent the change in marker styles. For a smaller cemetery, it contains several Victorian monuments. I featured many of those here.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Daisy Evans (1906-1908)-A common element in Victorian grave markers is a human figure, child or adult, dropping petals below. While I can’t find a consensus on the meaning, it seems to represent a heavenly reminder to those who are earthbound.

George Clinton Evans (1901-1903)-A common motif on Victorian markers is the cherub removing the shroud from a coffin. This represents hope as the shroud of grief is lifted.
William Howard Evans (1909-1913-Etched at the bottom, it says “Grand Pa’s Pet.” Scrolls represent the documentation of our lives in Heaven.
Ernestine Artman Roberts (1844-1882)-This is one of the larger zinc or “zinkies” I’ve photographed in the state of Georgia. Monumental Bronze Company in Bridgeport, CT made these markers from 1874-1914, and they can be found all over the United States.
Emily Evans (1897-1899)-This headstone is in desperate cleaning to bring out the details of the baby shoes and empty stockings.
Walter Gallaher (1878-1916)-Conch shells placed on a grave were popular during the Victorian era, and they represented a Christian’s journey through life and the church.
Dr. William Haynes (1797-1856)-Haynes was a local preacher, doctor, and high level Mason. The compass and carpenter’s square with the G is one symbol of the Masons. It symbolizes the interaction between the mind and matter.