Statement of Purpose

Vanishing South Georgia exists primarily to bring attention to the myriad forms of vernacular architecture once common throughout the region. Many of these structures were built during the sharecropping and tenant farming eras, and as a result have long ago been abandoned. In ten years and over tens of thousands of miles I have amassed an archive of over 125,000 images.

A dual purpose is to bring attention to the countless forgotten villages and towns which have all but disappeared with the passing of the railroads and agricultural dominance. In Vanishing South Georgia, I hope to give them a permanent photographic presence for future generations, whether their interests be trivial, genealogical, or historical.

From time to time, I also feature photographs of wildlife and native plants of the region, as well as festivals, folklife, and personalities who help make South Georgia the wonderful place I call home. Images of festivals or people on this website do not imply an endorsement of any kind, either by Vanishing South Georgia or by those depicted.

Geographical Focus

For the purposes of this site, I consider South Georgia to be the southern half of the state, roughly divided by the counties south of or adjoining the Fall Line.

About the Photographs

Ultimately, the website is an archive and not a gallery. To protect my images, I make them available on this website in a lower resolution than that in which they are originally shot. For print quality images, contact me.


The comments feature on Vanishing South Georgia is one of the most popular parts of  the website. It also functions as an informal oral history of our region shared by people who have lived it and learned stories passed down through their families. Your words and reminisces are very important to me, and I do my best to respond to them when possible. Sometimes it may take me awhile but all suggestions and compliments are considered. As of 2017, I am no longer able to respond personally to all comments, due to volume. Thank you. (Please note that I reserve the right to edit or refuse comments submitted to Vanishing South Georgia)

Title Image

The image used on the header is Swanson Farm Tenant House Ben Hill County, Georgia © Brian Brown, 2013

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