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.
Sycamore, a South Carolina village in Allendale County of about 180 people,has a tiny, one-room post office on Main Street just off the main highway. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
These vibrant spider lilies were in bloom near a sidewalk on the grounds of town hall in tiny Sycamore, S.C., in Allendale County when we passed by in early October. A week later, the grass had been cut and the lilies were gone.
We’re not really sure about the story behind this great, old vernacular house along the railroad tracks in tiny Cummings, S.C., a few miles southeast of Hampton. And while the house is boarded up and front door is open, it seems to still be getting some use as a storage area. No doubt, there a lots of stories that could be told about its better days.
Note how the early morning sunlight made this old barn pop out of the shadows along S.C. Highway 264 near Jacksonboro, S.C., in rural Colleton County.
Along the edge of the Southern Crescent, the barn reflects a time gone by in a county that is poised for growth because of its proximity to Interstate 95 and the Charleston metropolitan area.
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