Category Archives: Arp GA
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. It’s located on private property, but many thanks to Laura Wiggins Norris for bringing it to my attention, and to Dale Bledsoe for the history.
The cemetery at Mount Isaac is in bad condition, but some gravesites are maintained. The headstones shown in the first two images are from the older part of the cemetery, typical of early-20th-century African-American style, while the remaining headstones are painted white, to improve their appearance and protect against the elements. Like the church, Mount Isaac Cemetery is associated with Arp, but actually sits just to the north, in Ben Hill County.
Carrie Thomas – Died 20 April 1921
Jennie Spears (3 August 1882 – 10 May 1983)
Inez T. Walker (22 December 1924 – 6 February 1981)
Jesse Nevels – Corporal, U. S. Army, World War II (1907 – 1979)
Reverend Ed Davis (15 Septemeber 1865 – 22 October 1962)
Luvenia K. Davis (26 August 1890 – 28 January 1985)
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: