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Southern Swiss Dairy, Burke County

I was born at the tail-end of the era of home milk delivery and therefore, had never tasted “fresh” milk. After reading an article by Damon Lee Fowler about Southern Swiss Dairy, I decided it was time to try it for myself.

I liked what I read about Jimmy and Ginny Franks, who during the economic downturn of the late 2000s decided to transform their cattle operation into a commercial dairy that would focus on non-homogenized low-pasteurized milk, with no use of growth hormones. They also sell butter, ice cream, beef, and fresh eggs. Southern Swiss Dairy has been in business since 2010.

They source their milk from these wonderful Brown Swiss cows, which are among the top milk-producing breeds. Besides productivity, the Brown Swiss are just happier cows than most. They’re friendly, even.

Southern Swiss Dairy wasn’t the easiest place to find, and though they sell most of their product in retail locations, I wanted to see the cows myself. I could tell that Ginny Franks was busy when we pulled up to the dairy office but she was very welcoming. This isn’t one of those “tourist farms” that source their products from all over the place and call it local, but a place where what you see is what you get. And there are a lot of those “tourist farms” around the state.

We bought some whole and chocolate milk and some fresh butter and I’m impressed with the taste, which is slightly different than what I’m used to. But more importantly, I have a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into making milk. The dairying life is a hard one and at Southern Swiss Dairy, it’s obvious that it’s a labor of love.


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Goats Among the Ruins, Pringle

Pringle Georgia Abandoned Building Goats Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

These friendly goats were grazing around the ruins of an old building.

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Hitching Horses at Parker’s, Surrency

Surrency GA Appling County Hitching a Horse at Parkers Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I made this photograph in 2010 and somehow forgot all about it until working on my archives today. It’s quite unusual to see a horse being hitched at a convenience store, though I’m sure Surrency once had more than its fair share of horses. These young men even made sure to “park” the horses within the marked parking spaces.

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Coley House, Circa 1842, Bleckley County

Coley Farmhouse Inn Fritters Sajewinds Plantation Bleckley County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I was very eager to find this house after being made aware of it by  Cindy McDonald Swartz, who lives in nearby Goldsboro. I can’t thank her enough for sending me here. This historic property was built by Alcanah R. (Cain) & Martha Dikes Coley and used at times as a travelers’ inn. After changing hands several times, the house is now owned by Alan Johnson, who operates a restaurant here called “Fritters”. Signs on the fence leading to the home suggest they have the best fried green tomatoes in Georgia, as well as local wines and fried Moon Pies.

The house was destroyed by fire in September 2015.

Sky Blue Restored Antique Farm Truck Fritters Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

When I was standing by the fence photographing the house, this beautiful Gypsy Vanner h0rse met me with a friendly greeting and made for a wonderful shot.

Coley Farmhouse Inn Fritters Sajewinds Plantation Gypsy Vanner Horse Bleckley County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014


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3,000 Subscribers!

Four Donkeys Longears Ben Hill County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008


Thanks to lots of new followers on our Facebook page and longtime fans here on the website, we’ve now reached a new milestone of over 3, 000 subscribers. This would not be possible without you and the great feedback and comments you provide. The image above was one of my first when I began the project nearly five years ago.


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Used Cows for Sale, Brooks County



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Texas Longhorn Cattle, Arp


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.

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