Our History: The Green Rice Mill on Anneewakee Creek

Feb 11, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Patch.com

Anneewakee Creek rises to the south of Douglasville and runs southeastward to join the Chattahoochee River at a point a little downstream and opposite the site of the old town of Campbellton.

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formerresident

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Elementary history teacher. Question for you. There is a log cabin at the intersection of I 20 chapel hill/cambellton. It has been there ever since I moved here in 86.
Today it is occupied. It looks pretty out of place. Do you know anything about the history of it? I considered buying it a couple of times when it was up for sale, but didn't, and just wondered how it lasted and if it has any unique history to it.
How did it survive, all the commercial growth? Do you know how old it is?

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Feb 11, 2013
 
Hmmm...are you talking about the one at the intersection of Prestley Mill and Campbellton? That's the only one I know about...

I have a couple of folks I can ask about it. I'll let you know what I find out.:)

I do know that in the earliest day of Douglasville there was nothing along that road but farmland, so I don't think the cabin dates back that far.

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Great inquiry, formerresident. I've often wondered about that place. It doesn't look THAT old to me. Perhaps it's historical, but it doesn't appear so. Also, I think it has been renovated in the last five or so years. What say ye, elementary?
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I guess that's presley mill, its cambellton after the name changes, after the intersection of 20. It just seems so out of place, but yet it is kind of unique, which was appealing. Like it withstood some major development and "trauma" all around it, yet survived.

Synergy, agree. don't think it is that old either. Maybe a hundred or so? don't know. The intrigue for me is that it is still there, as a house.
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I am pretty sure it has been renovated, as i looked at it about 6 or 7 years ago.

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Feb 12, 2013
 
The log cabin I'm thinking about is on Campbellton. It sits at the stop sign where Prestly Mill dead ends into Campbellton.

Is there another one further back towards the expressway I haven't noticed?
don cole

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Feb 12, 2013
 
That house was built after I was out of highschool which would make it about the mid 70's.
don cole

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Feb 12, 2013
 
I take that back I look at the tax records and it has it built in 1983.

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don cole wrote:
I take that back I look at the tax records and it has it built in 1983.
Yeah, it doesn't look old to me.....at least not historic.

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Me, either....unless former resident tells us it's another house altogether. I haven't heard from my source yet, but if it was built in '83 well... :)
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same place.

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Okay....I heard back from my source. If Former Resident is referring to the log cabin at the three way stop (Campbellton/Prestley Mill) then its not significant historically. It was built with one of those log cabin kits.

However, the cabin was built over the spot where an old farm house had sat for a long, long time. The house had burned in the 1970s, but that's an approximation.

The farmer who lived in the farm house farmed a large area on that side of Campbellton Road. Later he sold the land to BR Kirkley, the man who owned the auto dealership in town. He eventually sold some of the land to various people for home lots.

I'm intrigued now....I'll keep working on the identity of the man who owned the farm house.
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I am not particularly good at this, but the cabin looks like it sits now on about 2 acres. I just got out of the car and looked at it, when it was placed for sale. Thought about an office there. My hunch is there is a story there. It is just off the wall in a way, being there. I mean if you are going to build a log cabin, especially in 83, why place it there? Still rural, but cambellton was residential, with a high school down the street.

You are amazing with the hx though!:))

A fire in the 70's. Intriguing yes.

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Feb 13, 2013
 
formerresident wrote:
I am not particularly good at this, but the cabin looks like it sits now on about 2 acres. I just got out of the car and looked at it, when it was placed for sale. Thought about an office there. My hunch is there is a story there. It is just off the wall in a way, being there. I mean if you are going to build a log cabin, especially in 83, why place it there? Still rural, but cambellton was residential, with a high school down the street.
You are amazing with the hx though!:))
A fire in the 70's. Intriguing yes.
Well, at this point...you might know more than I do. I know that the owner of the property during the time the old farm house sat there had an interesting history, but I'm not sure about the intentions with log cabin being placed there. I do know that those log cabin kits were popular at that time, and there are a couple of other structures like that in the county.
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I don't know anything about it. Just always wondered about it. The story might not be in the log cabin though if it was built in 83, the real story might be the land, and the owner back then. Maybe even the building of Presley Mill road.

It is one of those places that just looks wrong, but it is hard to figure out.

Just always intrigued me, and thought I would ask.

And figured if anybody would know it would be you.

Thanks for the research, elementary history teacher.

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formerresident wrote:
I don't know anything about it. Just always wondered about it. The story might not be in the log cabin though if it was built in 83, the real story might be the land, and the owner back then. Maybe even the building of Presley Mill road.
It is one of those places that just looks wrong, but it is hard to figure out.
Just always intrigued me, and thought I would ask.
And figured if anybody would know it would be you.
Thanks for the research, elementary history teacher.
I'll most certainly keep it on my watch list.:)

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