Vanishing Irwin County, Photographs By Brian Brown


Vanishing Irwin County, photographs by Brian Brown

I’ve mentioned Brian Brown a number of times in these pages – he’s a historian and photographer who is wandering, somewhat obsessively, around south Georgia documenting it’s vanishing architecture.  He’s been very generous whenever I come across an image of his from along Highway 17 corridor and ask if I can post it here – like this image of Georgia Girl Drive-In in Camden County, the Needwood Baptist Church in Glynn County, and the Midway Congregational Church and Cemetery in Liberty County.  I really admire his work – and am glad that he allows me to share his images with all of you.

Now I know that Irwin County, GA is a detour off of Highway 17 – but detours can be a good thing, right?

Here’s what Brian says about Vanishing Irwin County:

Inspired by the success of Vanishing South Georgia, I have initiated a long-term project of books related to specific counties and localities within its boundaries. My first efforts to that end focus on Irwin County, a predominately agricultural area located near the geographic center of South Georgia. Irwin was one of the largest counties in the state in the first years of the 19th century; it later played host to the capture of Jefferson Davis and the bureaucrats of the Great Depression. Today, it stands at a great crossroads, sure of its history and confident of its future, and I hope that the images in this collection will inspire pride in its residents and admirers.

You can purchase Vanishing Irwin County here, and please go take a look at Brian’s photographs at Vanishing South Georgia.