Barney was once a busy trading crossroads, anchored by thriving nearby peach farms. It was large enough to support several general/grocery stores, and for many years these ghosts kept vigil over the commercial center of the old town. (The largest section of the block, on the right, was Blease’s Store). I’ve learned that they have been demolished in recent months, though I’m not exactly sure when, and having photographed them since the early 2000s, I’m not surprised. These are the last photos I made here, in 2016.
This is the Buzzard Roost, which was the outdoor smoking section at Johnnie’s Drive In. It was really just a place where a lot of tales were told, mostly of the “tall” variety. Johnnie’s closed in 2015 after 70 years and it was a much-loved part of the town it served so well.
Leary, Circa 1950, Photographer Unknown. Courtesy John McKinney
Leary is one of my favorite little towns to explore in Southwest Georgia and in the past decade I’ve seen most of these structures vanish from Main Street. John McKinney shared this photo, circa 1950, to help put things into perspective. The Boyd monument, which is now in a green space at the end of the street, is seen here in its original location.
I photographed this commissary on US 129 south of Hawkinsville in 2010. I believe it was razed a couple of years later.
Nearly lost, these two tenant houses stand at the edge of the road, ghosts barely hidden by woods. Tens of thousands of such houses once dotted the landscape of South Georgia, but I find fewer with each passing year.
I’ve heard that this has been torn down to build yet another Dollar General, as of summer 2019.
I made this film photograph in 2005 and the house was demolished by 2010. It was located just inside Irwin County on Evergreen Road.