I was messing around on youtube while on hold yesterday and I found an interesting excerpt of a 1940’s film. I did some research and found the entire movie. It is called Swainsboro Town Film. The film is 23 minutes long and gives you a sense of what life was like then and still is to some degree in Swainsboro, Ga. It is posted on a library archive page on the UGA website — http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/collections/georgiarelated/swainsboro.html
The webpage goes in to how it was saved and restored so that we can view it now. There are a few places in the film like Coleman Lake that are still around. It was like a large camping/recreation area with a pool and bowling alleys. The buildings are still there, but now it’s operated mainly as a restaurant without the bowling or swimming. I plan to do more in depth research to match up places in the film to what they are today. I know the red brick church at the end of the film is now the Emanuel Arts Center. There are a few others that I want to double check for I can say for sure.