Photographer Linda W. Brown of Kingstree, S.C. sent along this picture recently from nearby rural Florence County that shows an old store full of signs from all times — plus a couple of vintage gas pumps.
VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer says this kind of farmhouse in rural Washington County, Ga., is known sometimes a “Georgia Cracker.” It “was once widespread throughout the region. It’s becoming quite rare today,” he wrote here in 2013.
You can tell how popular pork products are through this old sign on a barn near Soperton, Ga. We remember the smoky tastiness of barbecue and Brunswick stew from rural Treutlen County from childhood. The photo is by VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown.
Providence Methodist Church, circa 1859 in rural Stewart County, Ga., has always caught the attention of VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown. It’s a fascinating church, he said here, that is located in western Georgia on the Alabama line in the small county — population 5,803 in 2013.
The only grocery store in Fairfax, S.C., an IGA known as “Gatlin’s,” reportedly closed about a year ago. That followed an earlier closure of a Galaxy food mart profiled here in June 2013.
This slightly off-kilter grain tower in the western part of Colleton County along S.C. Highway 641 reminded the photographer’s daughter of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Along the edge of the Southern Crescent, Colleton County is split by Interstate 95, which makes it poised for growth.
Across much of the South, overt symbols of the past, such as the Confederate battle flag, are slowly fading into the past, much like the paint on this barn at Confederate Farm in the western part of Colleton County, S.C., on S.C. Highway 641. Along the edge of the Southern Crescent, Colleton County is split by Interstate 95, which makes it poised for growth.
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