Category Archives: Wray GA

Wray School, Circa 1910, Irwin County

wray ga school house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

This rare surviving country schoolhouse has been used as a barn for years, but is relatively well-maintained. Lorraine Fussell writes: My maternal grandmother taught in this school around 1912-1914, and my mother and her siblings attended school here in the 20’s-30’s.  

wray ga school photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009


Harper Farmhouse, Circa 1916, Wray

wray ga irwin county harper farmhouse american foursquare photograph copyright brian bown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

Lorraine Fussell shared this history of this classic American Foursquare house: This is my mother’s childhood home (Martha Harper). It fell into disrepair before I was able (or wanted) to restore it. My grandmother, Bessie Johnson Harper, had this home built around 1916 and used savings from her teaching in Wray and elsewhere to afford it. She died in 1926, leaving her husband, Henry Brooks Harper, and eight children behind. My grandfather lived here till his death in 1952, and his daughter, Eleanor Harper, lived here until 2006.

I’m grateful to Lorraine for sharing this early image of the home.

As of late 2016, this house has been razed.

Wray Store, Irwin County

Wray GA Irwin County Abandoned Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008