Abandoned Store, New Era

New Era GA Abandoned Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I’ve photographed this structure, as well as the others that make up the New Era community, many times over the years. They always look a bit worse for wear but stubbornly remain as if to give testament to the people who once thrived here. I’ve never been able to track down any history of the place, but I suspect it was an experimental agricultural community.

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Abandoned Farmhouse, New Era

New Era GA Abandoned Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The beauty in the remaining New Era houses lies in their abandonment and their quiet surrender to the elements. I can only imagine the hard-working souls who once labored here.

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Farmhouse, New Era

New Era GA Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This L-shaped vernacular house was likely a tenant dwelling.

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Schoolhouse, New Era

New Era School House Sumter County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This appears to be a WPA school. I’m not sure if it was called the New Era School or if it had a different name. It’s now a beautiful private residence.

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Bailey Avenue, Leslie

Leslie GA Downtown Mid Century Gas Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Commercial Storefronts, Leslie

Leslie GA Downtown Early 20th Century Commercial Architecture RR Crossing Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The white building on the left is a bank built in 1905.

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Mid-Century Service Station, Leslie

Leslie GA Sumter County Mid Century Gas Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vaniishing South Georgia USA 2015

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