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Alma Thomas’s Childhood Home, Georgia

Columbus, Muscogee County

Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was a Black artist known for her colorful and impressionist work. Born in Columbus, Georgia, she and her family lived there until she was sixteen. In 1907, they relocated to Washington, DC to escape the racial hostility and threats of violence that were directed towards the Black community at the hands of whites.

She was considered a member of the Washington School of Color. A lifelong art teacher, she was the first graduate of the art department at Howard University.

Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
The Eclipse

Suggested books

Painter and Educator

Alma Thomas Children Book

Victorian Farmhouse, Georgia

Nashville, Berrien County, Georgia

This farmhouse sits on the outskirts of Nashville, Georgia. I pulled over immediately when I saw it. I did not know that I would have a little goat friend watching my shenanigans.

Brian Brown of Vanishing Georgia identified the house as the N. T. Peeples House.

goat sits on the porch of a white Victorian farmhouse in Berrien County, Georgia

Baby in Half Shell Monument

Katie Lou Bell (1905-1905), Cleveland Cemetery

For approximately fifty years after the Civil War, a popular way to memorialize young children who had passed was a figure resting in a half shell. Prior to 1900, twenty-two percent of all children in the United States died before their first birthday.

The shell can represent a pilgrimage, spiritual protection, and innocence. Using those meetings, it makes sense this became a symbol for child graves.

Wealthier families would employ sculptors to make one that represented their child. Poor families, who wanted their children memorialized, adopted the shell as a way to mark graves when Sears Roebuck offered them in their catalog.

Here is a great academic article about these monuments by Annette Stott.

Cinderella Cooper (1885-1887), Evergreen Cemetery
Harry (1886-1892) and Nellie (1888-1892) Roberts, Kennesaw City Cemetery
April Lee Porterfield (1975-1988), McDonough City Cemetery
Ruby Colley (1899-1890), Morgan Methodist Church Cemetery

Foy-Hodges House, Georgia

Manassas, Tattnall County, Georgia
Located in Manassas, Georgia, this large home is located just off downtown. The Foy family built this Folk Victorian in the 1890s. The town Manassas was named after its founder Manassas Foy. If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth it to see the house from the road.

Ariail House, Georgia

Carnesville, Franklin County

The William Ariail House was built in three parts starting in 1840. The last section, pictured above, was added in the 1890s. The Victorian details were added during the 1890s addition.

The grounds included other extant farm buildings, including the original blacksmith shop and well.

Rev. William Ariail and his wife Mary moved from South Carolina to start this farm. He served as pastor for the Nails Creek Baptist Church. During the Civil War, the Ariails lost five sons.

The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Blacksmith shop