-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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I’m grateful for all the nice feedback!

    P. S. If your county or community isn’t represented, please be patient. I’ll get there!

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65 responses to “-What People Are Saying-

  1. Nancy Hood

    Brian…..found this site and am enjoying revisiting places I remember from years ago. Born and raised in Glennville,(my mother was a Brown), went to Young Harris College then came to Atlanta. This site brings back so many memories. It reminds me of GEORGIA BACKROADS magazine. Thanks…nhood

  2. I live in North Georgia (HALL COUNTY)but I am originally from Douglas(Coffee County)Georgia.This is the first time I have seen this,and I enjoyed it so much,looking at the old buildings,and reading a lot of the comments,thank you so much!Keep up the good works.

  3. larhonda

    no Stewart County??? Richland, Georgia IS quite small…but TY TY is here! lol…

  4. Marilee (Shaw) Stone

    Really love your website; it is wonderful and I enjoy looking at the pictures and going to the different counties. Just want you to know that I appreciate what you are doing. Keep up the good work!

  5. Jim McGill

    Brian: Great site and job. I am from Nashville, ga and remember so many things after looking at your photos..The old square, courthouse, and crusing Sol’s in the early 1960’s. I moved from Nashville when I was 20 but it will always be my home..Thanks for your good work!

  6. Donna

    Hello Brian, I’m from Kildare, GA and Egypt, GA is one of the places I lived in growing up and remember sitting on the front steps at the Royal store when I was about 5 or 6. I currently live in FL and want to move back to Effingham County. Most of my family is in South GA. Every time I go, I don’t want to come back to FL. I have family in Woodbine, GA and it is a beautiful little place. My uncle took me on a tour while I was there a couple of weeks ago.
    I want to start taking pictures like yours and you have inspired me to move forward with it. Love the pictures you’ve taken on here. I even saw while reading comments on a photo that I have a cousin on here.

  7. the gray house with the pyramidal roof is on a back street in Meigs, Georgia… very close to the old abandoned school, Ravenwood……I painted that in January, 2011…the school itself is quite a place to photograph…..empty classrooms….lot of vandalism, and weather damage….a haunted look to it

  8. Please checkout my paintings from the area around Pelham, GA.
    jamesadamsart.com

  9. Thanks for this wonderful site. I go out on weekends around Pelham, GA…to take photos in the country. I have worked from these photos to create my paintings. Please check out my website. My works are all from this area close to Pelham. I guess I should start recording exactly where they are. For now,its hard enough to come up with titles. I would love to hear from anyone with suggestions for new places, as I am a prolific painter, usually turning out about 30 paintings per month…but I just got started in Jan. 2011. I will appreciate any and all feedback.

    • Glad you like the site, James. Your paintings are great, especially the old pyramidal roof farmhouse, the gray one. I will contact you later when I have more time. Thanks!

  10. I really appreciate your site. I love the photographs. You are doing exactly what my uncle and I have been doing for years and it is really inspiring to see this site. That others are out there appreciating the same thing, if you will. Your photographs are inspiring to me and I am very happy to have stumbled upon your photographs.

    My family is from South Georgia and so much of what you have photographed is so familiar and certainly has given me inspiration to get out and explore old stomping grounds!

    Great job!

    • Thanks so much, Robert. I love what you’re doing there in Columbus and on your flyfishing trips…love flyfishing myself, but never can find time for it…your uncle’s work is great, and looks like it’s been a great influence for you…can’t wait to see more of your work! Please stay in touch…

  11. jeanharrison

    I loke your pictures! However, please delete my email address because I am getting too many entries !!!!!!!

  12. Emory C. Gilbert

    Many thanks for the work you are doing to help preserve the history of Georgia. It is a beautiful land and I have lived my entire life right here. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more of your good photography.

  13. Charles Crawford

    Found this site by accident.While looking up info on Stuckey’s stores.Came across your pic of the abandoned Stuckeys.They continued looking at the rest of the site.Great pics!!!

  14. I spent my teenage years in Camden County skateboarding around (and on) many of the historical buildings you photographed in St Marys. I’ve been in Athens since ’95, and make the pilgrimage down to the coast for holidays and general respite as often as possible. As a 3rd grade teacher at a Title I school here in Athens, each year I get to share Georgia’s diverse habitats and rich history with a new batch of kids who rarely travel beyond Atlanta. Your archive sparks so many memories from my youth and travels around Georgia, and I can’t wait to share your photos with my students. Thanks, and keep it up.

    Cameron

  15. Ryan

    Brian, do you sell framed copies of your photos?

  16. Chris Clark

    Brian-
    This is great. It ironic that the first photo I saw was of Irwin Academy where i went to school. I think your project is a great effort and I’m going to direct the state’s Historic Preservation Division to your site to see if there are any opportunities to work together! Keep up the great work.
    Chris

  17. lisajan

    I absolutely love your site, your photographs. My heart is in Sumter county where my parents grew up, and I am very sad that history is vanishing.

    I love to travel dirt roads and discover old, abandoned houses.

    Thank you for documenting our heritage.

  18. Linda Williford

    What a wonderful endeavor! I wouldn’t be able to choose just a few pics from each place! Thanks for including Turner County Stockyards in Ashburn. My dad owns it and will be celebrating 50 yrs. under Wiggins ownership in August. It is one of the few local businesses that has grown and prospered over the years.

  19. Dear Brian,
    Your blog really blew me off my feet when I first saw it. Found it via a link posted on the Atlanta History Center’s Face Book page. Your photography is stunning and inspired me to create a similar blog for Eastern Kentucky.
    I named it “Vanishing Eastern Kentucky” … perhaps there will be other “vanishing..” blogs out there, soon. If so, you have started it all 😉 At any rate, you have a sister site in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Hope you stop by and take a look. South Georgia looks like a beautiful place and you’re just the right person to preserve it, at least visually. Keep up the great work.

    • I’m so HONORED by your comments, Marlitta, and your decision to use the title with your Eastern Kentucky site! I wish you great success, and will check it out!

  20. Plan 9

    Brian,
    I am currently looking into doing an historical documentary about South Georgia courthouses. I currently live in Valdosta and graduated from Mercer University so I am familiar with South Georgia even though I am not a native. My job has taken me through a lot of small towns in the region and I am fascinated by the size and beauty of the courthouses. I have been employed as an architectural drafter so I have a passion for architecture. My director is a native of Valdosta so he is familiar with the area as well. We are doing this with no budget, no money, and probably no good sense either, but we think it will be good project for us. If you have any ideas please contact me. By the way, I love your site.

  21. Doug

    I have a great house in Quitman, GA that I would love you to photograph if you ever want to. It’s called “Nocturne” It is the Henry Grey Turner House. I have been renovating it for three years and it has a very interesting history.

    Here is a link to my renovation blog: http://nocturnediary.blogspot.com/2007/08/history-of-henry-gray-turner-house.html

    Doug

  22. Thank you for your stie! This is my neck of the woods, too, and I appreciate you including middle Georgia. Shall link on my humble blog as well. Trena

  23. john wayne mcrae

    Brian,
    Thank you for what you are doing. My Father’s side of the family, McRae’s, settled in China Hill ,Ga., in 1819. One of our relatives, Michael Williams, and memebers of his family, live on Oak Grove Plantation. Oak Grove was started in the 1830’s by Judge Duncan McRae. Michael is a direct descendent of Judge McRae.The Judge and my GGGrandfather Ga. Senator Norman McRae, were brothers.
    My Mother’s side of the family,Phelps, were from Inaha,Turner County,Ga. One of her Sisters and her husband ran the grocery store in Inaha. I used to spend my youthful summers at the store. The store has long since been torn down. Some of my fondest memories of those times, were late at night I could hear that lonesome train wistlhe off in the distance and the sound of the old nylon tires on travelers cars as they sped North and South on U.S, Highway 41, the headlights disappering and reappearing as they floated over those red clay hills.
    Sweet, Sweet memories,
    John Wayne McRae.
    The barn across the redcaly road had “See Rock City” painted on the roof.

  24. Richard Owens

    Brian, I am so enjoying your photographic posts. From Ocilla myself, I have been living in Europe for 20 years and every time I return to South Georgia it seems there is less of it there than I remember. This is a great service to our heritage, most of it built of wood, and unfortunately poorly or not maintained and thus disappearing. Thanks for this important work. Richard

  25. Bea

    Good job. Thank you for doing!

  26. Levi Gilder

    Brian, I think that what you are doing is awesome. I own the yellow victorian you documented in Montgomery County GA, and I am pleased that you posted it. I would be glad to supply you with the time and history summary of the property. I also would love to tell you about some places I think you would enjoy documenting. Do you accept pics for the site?
    I have spent several hours enjoying your contributions on here to Georgia history, and please know that your work is much appreciated.

    Levi Gilder
    Mount Vernon, GA

    • Thanks, Levi! I do appreciate you taking the time to check out Vanishing South Georgia. It’s definitely a lot of work, but comments like yours and your mother’s make it more than worthwhile. I will email you under separate cover regarding more information on the history of your house…

  27. Professor Scott Matthews spent the weekend with us at Countyline Primitive Baptist Church. The fellowship was awsome. We took a lot of pictures and hope to email some of them to you shortly.

    Pat Goggins
    http://www.calvaryprimitivebaptist.com

  28. Brian I would like to talk to you about using some of your pictures in a documentary. Please email your contact info to midgeorgiafellowship@yahoo.com.

    Hope to talk to you soon.

    Patricia Goggins
    Professor Matthews

  29. Thanks for looking at the site, Michael. I call Fitzgerald home, but spend about half my time, presently, in Long County.

  30. Michael Ard-Kelly

    Brian, what neck of these woods do you call home?

  31. This is an incredible project. I have about 20 lbs of photos and slides dating back into the 1970’s of a lot of places BEFORE the bi-centennial came along with its relighting of a bit of history. Check out Warren Royal’s http://www.camillaga.com for even older photography. He has a book on Camilla (Mitchell County) that came aout a year or so ago.

    I live in Tennessee now. My page link above I hope will be of interest to you. My site has my contact information. DO NOT BE A STRANGER. Keep me informed if there is more than you havae here.

    By the way, I am forwarding your link to about 200 others in Georgia. Including Ron Kelley of Rochelle, one of my college classmates.

    • I can only imagine what great images you have, Warren. I will check out Warren Royal’s site later today. When I saw your name, I was most impressed, as I’ve seen your work in the past. I’m looking around for it now! At any rate, many thanks for sharing this site, and for your kind compliments.

  32. Michael MacCausland

    I’m a native Pennsylvanian who graduated from Valdosta State in 1969. I’ve always felt that there is something magical almost indescribable about the atmosphere in the deep south, particularly south Georgia. Your photos have allowed me to realize that I’m not alone in my feelings.
    I returned to Valdosta in 2001 and was distressed to discover that it wasn’t the same.
    Keep up the outstanding work. It’s the only way to preserve what development is erasing forever.

    • Thanks so much, Michael, for your generous words! I agree that South Georgia is a magical place, and to hear someone else describe it in such a way, especially a transplanted person, really reenforces what I’m doing here…

  33. ghostsofnorthdakota

    Brian it seems you’re a kindred spirit. We’ve linked to your site, and we’d love it if you’d link us back. Thanks!

    Troy
    http://www.ghostsofnorthdakota.com

  34. M

    Really enjoying the site. Even though I don’t live there now, Warwick will always be “home.” The images of that area are priceless to me. Keep up the good work!

  35. Jean

    Hi! I was born in Fitzgerald and came back to live there a few years ago. My twin sister, who lives in Atlanta, told me about your photos. I’m an amateur photographer, and I am so impressed with what you have done. Thank you for preserving these memories! Awesome job! You inspire me.

    • Thanks so much Jean! I’m so glad you enjoy the site…I feel lucky to live in South Georgia, especially when I hear from so many who have left here. It’s a special place, and those of us who know that are special too!

  36. Joey

    Hey Brian, I spent a couple of hours looking at the site today and really enjoyed it. You’ve spent a great deal of time on this and I’m sure its much appreciated. I guess you might as well, as you spend so much time on the dirt roads anyway.

  37. Thanks Al! Comments like yours make this all worthwhile!

  38. al

    This is THE site I was looking for – just didn’t know it existed until tonight. I live in FL and have property in the GA mountains. I often take “backroads” up or back, to enjoy what remains of times gone by. I now know what lies ahead down some of the roads I will travel. Thanks for all the hard work that we get to enjoy!

  39. writesright

    Love your photos and reminds me of a place I do not see as often as I would like… Thanks

  40. Oh, and I’ll do my best to share your blog. It’s the featured site on my website today. Cheers!

    • Thanks so much guys! I love the writeup you did on your blog, and find your blog fascinating in its own right! I must say you gave me the best review I’ve ever gotten…Thanks again!

  41. Thanks so much for the feedback Twelve Mile Circle! I really believe in the mission of saving these through photography, and when people comment, it makes it all worthwhile.

  42. This is an amazing archive of a vanishing world. I look forward to leafing through your photo collection, and following along as you cataloging these sights that may not be remembered except through your work.

  43. I appreciate that Allen, and am very honored to be included on your blog. I think it’s great as well!

  44. Hi — love this site. I have a blog about Georgia music and Georgia history, and I’ve linked to your site. Keep up the good work!

  45. Thanks Cindy, and thanks for the information on your grandfather as well!

  46. Cindy

    I love this site! I found it through your Flickr site and your recommendation. I look forward to browsing through and looking as you post new photos. You’ve done a wonderful job here!

  47. Luther Panic

    Sure did like stopping bye for spell. It brought back plenty of memories. It seems as if the old gray heffer aint what is once was.

  48. I really appreciate your comments Joe. It’s especially nice when local folks find the site. I’ve had over 11,000 views, I’m happy to say, and the more people find it, perhaps they’ll appreciate these places as much as we do.

  49. Joe Cumbee

    This is a good thing that you are doing Preserving our history through photographs means that we can show our children and grandchildren the past instead of just telling them about it Thank you for your efforts and a job well done.

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