This old tenant farmhouse in wiregrass country along Champion Road in rural Worth County gives a lot of perspective about the decay in infrastructure across the rural South. The photo by VanishingSouthGeorgia.com‘s Brian Brown shows a rusting sink, a rusting washing machine and a sagging green chair as a rusted tin roof threatens to topple onto the porch. Worth County is located between Albany and Tifton in the central part of South Georgia. The county is home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter. Every jar made is produced in the county seat, Sylvester. The county had about 21,300 people in 2013, according to the Census with whites representing 68.7 percent and blacks being 29.6 percent. Some 22 percent of people live below poverty levels, according to Census figures. More on Worth County. Census information on Worth County Photo by Brian Brown from VanishingSouthGeorgia.com is copyrighted. Originally posted on this site in June 2014. All rights...
Kingstree, S.C., photographer Linda W. Brown remembers taking this picture o sometime last year in Clarendon County, but couldn’t say whether they are storage buildings or old tenant homes.
It won’t be long before its time to pick cotton in rural counties across the South. This photo, by VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown, shows an old corrugated metal farm building on the plantation that includes the Mathew Sheppard Brinson house (1888) in Jenkins County, Ga.
You can barely make out the old “Myers” signage on this old store in Stuckey, Ga., in this photo by VanishingSouthGeorgia.com photographer Brian Brown. It’s a whole lot easier to see “Liz” and “Tom,” two words in paste-on letters on top of the old sign on the rural Wheeler County store.
Yep, there’s a welcome center for UFOs in the heart of the Southern Crescent in Bowman, S.C., in rural Orangeburg County.
The saucer-shaped building is in the yard of Jody Pendarvis, who started building it in 1994, according to RoadsideAmerica.com.
This classic old public works building in Ehrhardt, S.C., illustrates how rural communities invested in infrastructure in decades past. But the broken windows highlight how some infrastructure is eroding and needs more upkeep to stay modern.
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