The Old Railroad Stop Community (Featuring Down The Road With Brian Mallard)

there that's some mixed signals right here historic sign over there no trespassing sign over here everybody you're watching sidestep adventures its Robert I'm out here with Cody today we're in Fort San Georgia which is now a part of Columbus Georgia Fortson started out as a little community but then when the city and county consolidated it became part of Columbus and now it's just a little crossroads so we're gonna take a look at what's left in fact right now we're standing in the middle of the old general store so let's get to it right now all right so we're walking up to the old general store or what's left of it right now and one thing that's kind of interesting is this this old sidewalk or whatever you'd call it oh look at all the fire is you don't want to step in that you know it's interesting the old sidewalk out here so let's take a look at this historic marker real quick and learn a little bit about where we're at first of all we'll show you some pictures that's the general store before demolition in 2006 there's James Fortson pumping gas in the late 1940s and then this picture is Luther gets in Fortson in front of his store the store that we're at back in the 1950s it's hard to imagine that that store is now this little field here we have Thomas Willis fortune and Sons Luthor gets inand mark earnest in 1905 all right so let's read the marker an 1884 Georgia map shows this area was once called Blanchard's crossing it was a stop on a narrow gauge railway that ran to Kingsborough Georgia just beyond khattala when the central of Georgia Railroad was built in the late 1800s a station was constructed on the west side of Fortson Road with Thomas Willis Fortson named a station agent now that's kind of interesting because we're actually on the west side of fortune Road right now so I wonder exactly where the station was obviously you can see the railroad tracks and I'm sure that's the same line that's been here since then but I wonder what part or if there any remains of the station or anything out here or maybe it was right here something like that but that's all up to imagination it seems at this point although I'm sure exact details could be found I just don't have them readily available all right so near the station was also general store run by the Fortson family originally located across the road from the railroad station it was built wood and burned in the early 1900's so it was originally over there or over there or maybe even over there not sure which following the fire a brick general store was constructed on the west side of Fortin Road and it also contained the fort's and Georgia post office Thomas Willis Fortson son of Thomas Daniel Fortson who built the Fortson house served as postmaster station agent and ran the store later these duties were assumed by his son Luther Getz and Fortson the general store in the post office were a central part of the Fortson community it was a meeting place for the locals to stop and tell stories with the death of Jetson in 1963 the store was closed and the post office was moved several miles down Fortson Road to an area known as nan kapu which is interesting nan Kapoor is another little community that used to be around here that's also gone for the most part the structure remained vacant for several decades in 2015 a collaborative effort between the Columbus quarry historic Columbus and dr. and mrs. Mark Karr Fortson was established to clean the side of the general store secure the remains of the building and create an interpretive area to tell the story all right so now let's talk a little bit about this so when I first saw this last week I didn't know this was here and this is another one of those things of you don't know what's in your backyard until you go out and start searching but I thought this was really cool use for this old foundation and then I talked to a friend of mine that lives out here who told me that they actually toured the store down to build this area and I thought that was I wish they had found a way to leave the building intact you know it's always seems to be that people are more eager to tear down places like this rather than preserve them standing I don't know the reasons for tearing the store down but I don't know if it was in such bad shape by that time that uh he had to be torn down but that's not the impression I got I wonder if that was old lumber from the store where they could be cross ties from the railroad but I have to admit even though they did not save the store and it's intact form this is a nice little area many times I get people commenting on various places and did I film you that I guess that's a ground wire maybe something like that but I get a lot of people commenting on these places and old historic sites that I film and saying the I need to contact Historic Society or something that would hopefully preserve these places but and I've done that before I've actually done that with several old places and as much as I hate to say it all of the times that I've contacted somebody about historic places or places that I thought were historically significant nothing's ever come of it and often times at least in this area I found that history is not preserved unless there is a way to profit off of it and that this is kind of an example of something like this like Historic Society stepped in and now there's a sign and a but not even what's left of a building foundation of a building I want to kind of take a look in the woods back here got some grass clippings right there no adventure too far off the road but figured we'd take a look and see there's all shingles could have come from the store so to continue what I was saying so after numerous times of contacting historical societies and that sort of thing I just stepped back from that because it never actually comes to anything there's never any benefit to it and so just so y'all know I have taken steps like that in the past even several cemeteries that I thought were in danger and needed to be saved and I thought historical societies would be interested no one was ever actually interested in it – Samantha Street Cemetery which is another video and one that I often talk about is a good example of that that is an old slave cemetery and it was one that I brought to numerous people's attention because it's in danger of not not just being forgotten but actually being destroyed and I brought it to numerous people's attention and no one was really interested in it which is ashamed to say and the reason it turns out that uh like I said earlier unless there's some big financial game to be made off of these historic places many times the historic societies don't care but now I'm just kind of rambling but I'm telling you my story and experience with this and answering some of the comments I get over and over again because I too would love to save all of these places and I do take efforts to save places that I see that are in danger but in the end that's a lot easier said than done and so I do it in the best way that I can filming two places and documenting them that way so look at these huge beams right here I guess this is all part of the railroad I was kind of walking back here to see if I saw any foundation that may have been the old train station and for all I know that could have been but those look like railroad ties and other than trash modern trash and tires I'm not seeing too much else all right so let's take a look at some other areas of Fortune so we're here we have this beautiful old 1800s home but this is private property so you can only really shoot from the road but it is gorgeous and it's got this expansive front lawn and what used to be a very nice country area is now as you can see an intersection and a very busy intersection off in one direction there's clearly terraced land and this was probably a sizable farm at one point and now it's a it's a country home in the in the suburbs I guess the outskirts of town but have a look and there's a really neat old stone structure out in front of the house I don't know if it was originally part of the house another structure involved or if it was just for decor but it's made of field stone and there's just a really nice addition to the house don't know anything about it and it is you know it's it's off-limits we can't get to it so I could only shoot it from the road but it's really nice and it's really nice to see this historic structure is still standing I realize upon further inspection that the rock structures out in front of the large house are terracing because the land so uneven around here they terraced it to flatten it out for their agricultural use for homestead use here you can get a closer look at the terracing over here we've got another old house that was once part of this community of Fortson I'll show it to you right now now I don't know who lives here or if they live here but uh this is very pretty pretty old homestead these old houses from the 1800s had such wonderful craftsmanship and style and today houses are built and sometimes they try to add a little bit just a flavor of that style but it's really lacking in today's architecture yeah I guess so I was kind of trying to figure out where the gas pump was and relation to the building and that looks like either a well or a gas pump so I'm assuming as a gas pump here and the stores right over there let's go look at a picture again amazing to see that I'm sure that was it right there and look at the same Road so let's look at this picture and then kind of try to get the same view somewhere that picture was taken which it looks like it was about right here so kind of interesting to see how much has changed alright guys I hope you enjoyed today's video see in this area seein forts in Georgia from both my perspective and Brian's perspective and I hope I didn't ramble too much for you guys today I still think this is a pretty cool area I wish they'd done a little bit better job of preserving the store but what it is is still pretty nice and before I go let me tell you I had some people asked me about a patreon page and I made a community post about it the other day I do have a patreon page set up but due to my own personal time constraints I probably would not be able to offer what a lot of creators do like videos early and extra content all that sort of thing so I've only got two two tiers set up on patreon right now one is a $5 tier and the other is like $25 tier the $5 tier I add your name as a supporter of sidestep adventures and the credit roll and the $25 tier is geared towards other creators it gives you a space on my channel in the featured pages of the sidestep adventure channel so if you'd like to support sidestep adventures there is a link to patreon if not just keep watching the videos we'll see you next time

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  2. The store was bigger than it looked like in pictures. The Foundation shows how big it really was. Thank you for the video.

  3. There is a small community in Brooks co. called Pidcock. It has the remains of a couple of buildings like an old post office and a store. My Aunt owns most of the property there. I don't know if you come down to South Georgia but if you do. I'm sure she will let y'all look around. It's amazing how communities fall off the grid with the advancement of technology like the car or the interstate highway and even Walmart plays a roll in this as people go to a bigger town to go shopping.

  4. It's really sad but you know what to say if you forget you're doomed to repeat it well how can you not help but repeat it when you've never known it and that is exactly what's happening to our history

  5. You are not rambling, it is good to know, why some places that need to be preserved they are not.
    Also, thanks a lot that you are trying real hard to do something to bring awareness to many.
    It is sad, that unless there is monetary gain, some people wouldn't care about preserving some places.

    I live close to the Palo Alto battlefield National Historical Park. I used to drive past it every single day 5 years ago while going to work. It is a huge place that attracts a lot of people. It is true what you say, a place is preserved unless it brings money.

  6. Another great video. I drove out there today. I remember when the building was still standing, not in use, but still standing

  7. That is so sad about these places 😪. Don't mean to offend any one but as much as the likes of ACLU and other groups talk about slavery….you'd think they'd jump on the chance to preserve it, but as you said, no money gain no thanks 😒. Loved the old houses and could live in the second one. Would be a dream of mine. Thanks for your hard work guys. Blessings and safe adventures 💒🌬️🤴🌈

  8. I don't know if you have heard of Marie's Mysteries on YouTube. She goes around to cemeteries and she's a ghost hunter. She also is upset at the condition some of the cemeteries get to be. She does what she calls flower projects and goes around and puts plastic flowers on the graves. Marie just recently did a solar light project at a cemetery and put solar lights on a slave cemetery. It was Spring Hill cemetery in Florida. You go there at night and see all the lights to each grave. They also found out Micheal Taliferro's grave at that cemetery. He is an actor that played on the show Vegas. Maybe if a little attention is drawn to some of these places somebody will notice.

  9. Surprisingly, many of the historical societies just don't have the money to save more sites. You are doing the best you can by alerting these folks, filming them, and hopefully, some viewers may step in and help. Fortson is slowly disappearing, and the rock quarry is not helping. I was really surprised to see the building gone, but the beautiful use of the foundation is amazing. Keep up the good work!!

  10. Thank you foe another great Sidestep Adventure! Nice way to go on a trip and actually be a 'staycation' in all the comforts of home! Thank you for all you do and hat's off to Brian as his channel is awesome too! All of you keep up the great work!

  11. Big thanks for the video and the sad explanation of the lack of
    interest shown by some " historic societies "
    I am so grateful that you are doing your best with the time you
    have available to you not only show us these wonderful places
    but to educate at the same time.
    May I say you are doing a fine job of it sir!!
    Best wishes .

  12. I was with my local historical society for a number of years. You have to take into consideration that without funds there isn't much that they can do. We cared very much but needed financial aid to be able to save places . It hurts them as much as it does anyone else.
    There is also the point to be made that the people who own these buildings aren't always interested in seeing them saved.

  13. Welcome to the true USA if these so call Historical society can not line their pockets with money they do not give a dam just like our government.

  14. Great video friend 🙂👍,, I Hope that spitter wasn’t carrying a bird egg at the beginning of the video but that’s sure what looked like it .

  15. Hi, I'm a new subscriber and would like to say how much I'm enjoying your videos. The cemetery one's really touched my heart. As the family historian I've researched a lot of them and some are actually in appalling condition. Many get basic maintenance which is good. Have you looked into local cemetery associations? I don't know if you have them in the south. I first found out about them when living in PA. I was checking out a large cemetery looking for ancestors when I was approached by a man who asked me in a suspicious tone what I was doing. He identified himself as a member of the cemetery assoc. and gave me his card. He then went on to tell me about some of the people buried there. He also told me that most cemeteries won't allow anyone except a family member to do any repairs to a grave. Permission can be obtained in certain circumstances. It may be worth looking into. I can appreciate what you go through finding these graveyards. I've been trying to locate a small cemetery where my ancestors are buried. There are Revolutionary war soldiers and their families buried there, but I can't seem to find it.

  16. Thank you for your passion for saving history. Without you, early life in Georgia would be lost in time. God bless you for all you do.

  17. Salutations from Vancouver!
    It is great that you are documenting all of these places. There is so much history in your neck of the woods. Your efforts are invaluable!

  18. Once again watching your videos has been a real treat, and very educational. You guys really provide a great deal of information in your videos and then make learning fun. Thanks! I subscribe to many YouTube channels, but yours has become one of my favorites!, and this is out of over 75 different subscriptions!

  19. That house is STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally agree about the building of houses. Carpenters in the 1800's early 1900's took pride in what they built.

  20. To be honest what you are calling terracing looks more like a small mound. Love your videos and would like to see some Native American history as well. Thank you for your videos.

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