Relics of Antebellum days in Georgia, stand like ghosts of the past

Georgia had some very palatial antebellum mansions as evidenced by the following photographs taken by Dorothea Lange taken in July 1937, many of these are in Greene County, Georgia. Please comment in the Reply section below if you can identify any of the beautiful mansions not labeled.

Greene County, Georgia was formed on February 3, 1786, from land given by Washington County. It was named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Most of its early settlers were veterans of the war for Independence.

The Comments are from Dorothea Lange’s notes with the photographs.

Greene County, Georgia Plantation

antebellum mansion2 Greene county dorothea lange

antebellum mansion3 Greene county dorothea lange

antebellum mansion4 Greene county dorothea lange

antebellum mansion Greene county5 dorothea lange

antebellum mansion Greene county dorothea lange

Two rooms of this plantation house were still occupied by an elderly black couple in 1937. A plantation house decaying and now vacant but for two rooms occupied by an old couple, Negro tenants. Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea langeInterior of a plantation house now vacant but for two rooms occupied by an old Black couple, tenants. Greene County, Georgia in 1937

Interior of a plantation house now vacant but for two rooms occupied by an old Negro couple, tenants. Greene County, Georgia2 1937 dorothea lange

Interior of plantation house now vacant but for two rooms occupied by an old Negro couple. Negro tenants, Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

Decaying Plantation home 1937Decaying antebellum plantation house in Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

Abandoned coaches and wagons behind the old blacksmith shop on the Wray Plantation. Greene County, Georgia 1937 Abandoned coaches and wagons behind the old blacksmith shop on the Wray Plantation. Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

Ex-slave and wife on steps of plantation house now in decay. Greene County, Georgia 1937

Ex-slave and wife on steps of plantation house now in decay. Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

Ex-slave and wife who live in a decaying plantation house. Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

Standing chimneys are a common sight in Greene County, Georgia. They often stand in gullied fields and indicate where once was a plantation home 1937

Standing chimneys are a common sight in Greene County, Georgia. They often stand in gullied fields and indicate where once was a plantation home2 1937 dorothea lange

Standing chimneys of an old plantation house. Georgia 1937 Dorothea LangeStanding chimneys of an old plantation house. Georgia 1937 lange

Standing chimneys are a common sight in Greene County. They often stand in gullied fields indicating where a plantation house once stood. Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

 The old plantation bell. Greene County, Georgia

The old plantation bell. Greene County, Georgia dorothea lange 1937

This man was born a slave in Greene County, Georgia

This man was born a slave in Greene County, Georgia 1937 dorothea lange

 

Pharr Plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia 1937 by Dorothea Lange

Pharr Plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia. This house was built in 1840 by slave labor. The bricks came from England to Savannah, thence by ox-team to the plantation. The plantation formerly had 150 slaves, is now abandoned by the one remaining member of the family, and the land rented out to small farmers

Pharr Plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia 1937 Lange

Pharr Plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia 1937 by Dorothea Lange

Pharr Plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia2 1937 Lange

Family burial ground on the abandoned Pharr Plantation near Social Circle, Georgia 1937

Family burial ground on the abandoned Pharr Plantation near Social Circle, Georgia 1937 lange

Abandoned plantation house. Greene County, GeorgiaAbandoned plantation house. Greene County, Georgia

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3 Comments

  1. Many thanks for the interesting photographs of old Georgia homes of long ago.
    The old mansion you call the Pharr plantation I knew as the Butler Place.
    Two sisters were the owners and they lived in Social Circle. Alas,
    they had no interest in keeping up the house. At that time, I believe there was
    yet two or three thousand acres. When I20 was constructed it went through
    the place. Hence, the old cemetery was moved. I don’t remember where they
    moved the graves. The rooms in the main house were exactly 20 by 20 feet and
    were very nice indeed. There was the most amazing kitchen I ever saw. The
    fireplace used for cooking was so large I could walk inside it. Further, the very
    large smoke house was above the kitchen, and there was a large warming
    room next to the kitchen. The plantation office was at one end of the back
    porch and I remember the plantation desk was yet there. When young, I knew
    the old place very well and enjoyed many happy time there with friends. The
    first time I was there I was with my cousin. I was 14, and my dear
    cousin was born 1 May 1863 ! Amazingly, I can yet recall the details of our
    trip to the Butler Place—even what we enjoyed for lunch that beautiful day !

  2. I would love to locate old plantation homes owned by the WARE families in Georgia or elsewhere.

  3. Thanks for the photos of days gone by. I know that there are still some stately old plantation houses that are in great repair. Would love to see some current or recent photos of some of those.
    Jack Speigner
    Bellevue, WA

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