-What People Are Saying-

The purpose of this photographic archive is to preserve what is left of the culture of rural South Georgia. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to document my small corner of the world. Every day, modernization threatens the very fabric of life that has persisted in South Georgia for the better part of two centuries. Tobacco barns, country stores, farmhouses, Confederate icons, African-American vernacular churches, rural schoolhouses and sharecropper shacks are all disappearing at an alarming rate. Because there is no real effort to preserve these structures and the culture they represent, I feel the only way to make them relevant is to share these photographs. I hope you’ll share this blog with as many people as you can. Brian Brown, 13.5.09

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Young’s Chapel Methodist Church, Ben Hill County

Youngs Chapel Methodist Church Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Rebecca General Store & Restaurant

Rebecca General Store Restaurant Turner County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Passion Flower, Ocmulgee River

Passionflower Ocmulgee River Ben Hill County GA Photograph Courtesy William E Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Passiflora incarnata

Photo Courtesy William E. Brown

Abandoned Farmhouse, Irwin County

Irwin County GA Abandoned Tenant Farmhouse Arthur Road Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Fletcher Cemetery, Irwin County

This beautiful and well-maintained cemetery on Pinetta Road is the final resting place of one of the oldest and largest families in Irwin County.

Gopher Tortoise, Ben Hill County

Gopher Tortoise Crossing a Dirt Road Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia usa 2008

Gopherus polyphemus

Learn more about these wonderful creatures here.

Dorminy Homestead, Circa 1855, Ben Hill County

Historic Dorminy Farm House Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Thanks to Diana Steed Hair for sharing the history of this house, to my knowledge the oldest now surviving in Ben Hill County. The first owners were Bradford and Alexander Stephens Dorminy.

E. D. Brown Farmhouse, Owensboro

Owensboro GA Wilcox County E D Brown Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Thanks to Whitney Mitchell for the identification.

Spring Hill Cemetery, Irwin County

Historic Spring Hill Baptist Church Irwin County GA Angel at Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008