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Salem Church Road, Ben Hill County

Salem Church Road Ben Hill County Country Road Late Summer Storm Clouds Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Browning House in Snow (1989), Fitzgerald

Browning Bussell House in 1989 December Snow Event Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014Browning House, Fitzgerald, December 1989 © Brian Brown

I made this image of my grandmother’s house just before Christmas, 1989. It remains the only “White Christmas” I’ve experienced in my lifetime.

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Sunset, Fitzgerald

Winter Sunset Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Rainbow Over U.S. Highway 1, Jefferson County

Rainbow over Plowed Field Red Clay Dirt Earth Jefferson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Flooding on the Ohoopee River

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These views were made in mid-February 2013, after some of the heaviest flooding to be seen on the Ohoopee in several years.

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This road leads to a small residential area along the Ohoopee. The photograph below shows the road into the Tattnall County Landing, completely submerged.

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Henry Walcott House, Circa 1855, Long County

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This landmark antebellum farmhouse is in largely original condition. Because of its lack of modification, it’s one of the most important houses in the area.

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Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to locate much about the early history of the house. Local lore suggests that Mr. Walcott wasn’t the original owner but that he was the man most associated with the house and making improvements to the surrounding farmland.

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Though it’s in need of stabilization, the overall condition of the house is good.

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And here’s the house seen after the South Georgia Snowstorm of 2018.

 

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Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, Long County

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The view below was made after the South Georgia Snowstorm of 2018.

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Origins of Vanishing South Georgia

Pioneer Cabin in Winter, Tulip Road, Ben Hill County, 2002 –  © Brian Brown

In preparation for an upcoming documentary, I’ve been reviewing my archive of over 2,000 photographs made on various film cameras before I made the switch to digital in 2007.  I’m sharing some of them here and hope they are of interest. Amazingly, most of these structures are gone now and remind me why I do what I do. The images above, of a wintry landscape adorned with a crude pioneer cabin with a fieldstone chimney, were among my first favorites. I had 8x10s printed and looked at them with a sense of awe at the loss that was accelerating around me. As with many of the places I shoot, I’ve wished many times that I’d returned to this quaint little cabin for more photographs. I’m not quite sure when it was demolished but it was gone before 2010.  Such stories of loss motivate me to photograph nearly everything I can that I believe to be of cultural or historical value and I hope my work inspires others to pick up their cameras and do the same in their neck of the woods.

Hunter’s Bar-B-Que, Irwin County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

Hunter’s was a local favorite and welcome stop for travelers along Highway 32 for years. They even had parking for semi-trucks. Their goat sandwich, with chips & Coca-Cola was my favorite. Though Hunter’s closed not too long after this photo was made, it’s legendary barbeque sauce has been resurrected by the Hutto family, who now operate the location as Hutto’s Barbeque. It’s just as good!

Craftsman Farmhouse, Irwin County, 2001 – © Brian Brown

This house was demolished by 2010.

Pigs in Winter, Starling Road, Ben Hill County, 2001 – © Brian Brown

Loony Layton’s Store, Waterloo, Irwin County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

I can’t count how many times I passed this store traveling between Fitzgerald and Tifton over the years, though I honestly don’t remember it ever being open. It was razed in early 2012. (I’m not sure of the spelling of the owner’s name, but thanks to Dale Bledsoe for the information.)

Thompson Road Farmhouse, Irwin County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

This house was also an early favorite of mine. It was razed in 2007.

Griffin House, Irwin County, 2003 – © Brian Brown

This Folk Victorian, long a landmark in the area, was demolished before 2007. Thanks to a recent (2016) message from Daphne Griffin, I now know a bit more about the place: My father grew up in that house beginning around 1941. His name is Charlie Jesse Griffin, known as C.J. He grew up there with his mother, Osteen Roberts Griffin, his grandfather, Charlie Roberts, and his three brothers, Denzil, Herman, and Therman Griffin. My grandmother Osteen lived there until around 1960. The house was owned by Otto Griner at the time they lived there.

Player Cemetery Road Tobacco Barn, Ben Hill County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

This barn was razed in 2009.

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Ben Hill County, 2003 – © Brian Brown

Union Baptist Church, Ben Hill County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

The two churches pictured above are among Ben Hill County’s most historic African-American congregations.

Snow Shower, Dogwood Lane, Fitzgerald, 1989 – © Brian Brown

Wooden Shingle Farmhouse, Ben Hill County, 2001 – © Brian Brown

Burning Beaver Dam, Irwin County, 2002 – © Brian Brown

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Thunderstorm Over Cotton Field, Mystic

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Lloyd Chapman House, Ludowici

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The view below was made after the South Georgia Snowstorm of 2018.

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