VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown writes, “The white building in the foreground is the Gough Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons, an African-American fraternal association. Agricultural warehouses can be seen in the distance.”
VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown says this store is a step back in time, with its old Coca-Cola sign and gas pumps right at the front door. “There’s also a restaurant next door, though I’m not sure if it’s open. The store was quite busy, though. It was late in the afternoon so the light was a bit harsh.”
VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown says this old vernacular church, likely from the turn of the last century, is on private property near Gough, Ga., but can be seen from the road.
The owner of this property in rural Burke County, Ga., told VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown that this 19th century tenant cabin is still in use today.
Gough, located about 10 miles west of Waynesboro in eastern central Georgia, is in Burke County, which had about 23,125 people in 2012.
Legendary architect Robert Mills, who designed the Washington Monument, also designed the courthouse in Williamsburg County, S.C. (above). The ground floor of the building, built in 1823, is part of the original structure, writes photographer Linda W. Brown of Kingstree, S.C.
This fading old Coca Cola sign is on the side of a brick building in Soperton, Ga., a town of just over 3,000 people in Truetlen County in the middle of Georgia. VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown says it’s part of an ad for horses and mules.
Pinewood, population 538 in rural Sumter County, S.C., has this old, restored railroad depot, which is similar to ones we’re showcased in the past from Salters, S.C., and Leary, Ga.
Kingstree, S.C., photographer Linda W. Brown says this news story from 202 highlights the depot’s restoration.
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