Category Archives: Arp GA

Charlie Smith House, Arp


Thanks to Jane Tucker Gentry for the identification.



Mount Isaac Baptist Church, Circa 1910, Arp

Before it was known as Arp, this community on the Irwin-Ben Hill County line was known as Isaac. The name was changed sometime between 1910 and 1915, and judging by the burial dates in the adjoining cemetery, I would estimate that this church dates to about 1910.

Since there was already an Isaac Baptist Church, the small African-American community here named their church Mount Isaac, to distinguish it from the the white church. And though Arp is located in Irwin County, the church and cemetery are just over the county line in Ben Hill.

The adjacent cemetery has several vernacular headstones and many of the hand-stenciled variety.

Cary Perry (birth and death dates unknown)

This hand-drawn bird is likely a dove.

Reverend Ed Davis (15 September 1865-22 October 1962)

Many thanks to Laura Wiggins Norris for bringing it to my attention, and to Dale Bledsoe for the history.


Texas Longhorn Cattle, Arp


My friends Roger & Laura Wiggins Norris raise these wonderful cows at their farm in Arp. They once had the largest herd in Georgia and though they’ve reduced their stock, it’s still an impressive bunch.


Texas Longhorns are a low-maintenance, high-yield variety; they’re one of the few Spanish varieties brought to North America in the pre-colonial era to have survived.


Many thanks to Laura & Roger for allowing me to share these images.


To learn more, visit the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America.

Phillips-Cleghorn House, Arp

Phillips-Cleghorn Farmhouse, Arp

Lettie Cleghorn Taylor wrote: This is the house my grandparents owned and lived in when I was a small girl. Their names were Tandy and Maggie Cleghorn. I have many fond memories of this place and visit Arp cemetery yearly…