Statement of Purpose

Vanishing North Georgia exists primarily to bring attention to the myriad forms of vernacular architecture and folklife once common in the region. A dual purpose is to bring attention to the countless forgotten villages and towns which have all but disappeared with the passing of the railroads and agricultural dominance. In Vanishing North Georgia, I hope to give them a permanent photographic presence for future generations, whether their interests be trivial, genealogical, or historical.

From time to time, I also feature photographs of wildlife and native plants of the region, as well as festivals and personalities who help make North Georgia so fascinating. Images of festivals or people on this website do not imply an endorsement of any kind, either by Vanishing North Georgia or by those depicted.

Geographical Focus

For the purposes of this site, I consider North Georgia to be the northern half of the state, roughly divided by or adjoining the Fall Line.

About the Photographs

To protect my images, I make them available on this website in a slightly lower resolution than that in which they are originally shot. Copyright infringement and “sharing” of images is an epidemic that threatens the intellectual property of all photographers; if you need a larger version of an image, just get in touch.

Dates and Identifications

The identification of many properties on the website come from public resources, such as the Historic American Buildings Survey and the National Register of Historic Places. Many more are shared by people from the communities in which they are located. Sometimes, these identifications are challenged and when they are, I do my best to investigate with what resources I have available. Dates are even more notoriously difficult to pinpoint, and similar resources are used. I often use the term ‘circa’ to denote a probable date, again, based on available resources. None of this is etched in stone and I’m always glad to amend listings, as I strive to be as accurate as is possible.

Ultimately, I don’t claim to be an authority on dates or identifications but I’m a lifelong learner who is glad to take new material into consideration.

©Brian Brown Photography/Vanishing Media 2014-2021. ALL content on this website is protected by copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may by used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Brian Brown and Vanishing North Georgia with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

15 responses to “About

  1. If you are ever in Summerville, my ancestral family home might interest you. https://www.facebook.com/congressstreet and https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheTaylorHouse

  2. Kathryn Whittington Gregory

    What about the old house on Depot Street that was owned by Mrs. Ruby Perkins?

  3. Robert Brown

    Is there another place to see what I guess would be Northwest GA? I would like Gordon, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray included.

    • Those will be coming to Vanishing North Georgia soon.

      • Jeff Jones

        Just finished reading Eliza Frances Andrews civil war journal and found your site while searching for her family home, Haywood plantation. I guess the place is gone but it was so thrilling to see your photos of many of the family homes in Washington that she mentions in her book. Every state needs someone with your passion for preservation. You do us all a great service and I thank you.

  4. Blue Ridge Mts Va

    So happy to have discovered your blog.

  5. Ira Prince

    I have spent many enjoyable hours on your website. It is very informative and the great photos are a wonderful addition to the text. I grew up in Chickamauga, Walker county Georgia, and was especially interested in that section. It will be a pleasure to check back from time to time and look for updates. I can tell this project is a labor of love for you. Thanks very much.

  6. Donald Morgan DeMille

    Love the pictures of Auraria. I just went thru there yesterday and everything looks the same. I did not see “the bank”, though. This is a great site, I love Georgia history. Thanks, Brian!

  7. Cindy Holt

    Thank you for the beautiful photo of the Keifer house. It was my great great grandparents home. So sad that Sara and her son’s had to leave to go North to seek comfort from Williams family. Charles Keifer was my great grandfather. Son of Sara and William.. .I sure do wish I could stay a night in that house. Thank you again for sharing. Awesome pic.

  8. Jennifer L Porter

    I love your photographs! Thank you for preserving history of my favorite part of the world!

  9. Jason Bedgood

    What a delightful site! Very interesting topic. God bless you, Brian.

  10. Laray M. Kelly

    Last week I had the opportunity to visit Sharon and the Catholic Cemetary. I, too, felt the peace when I walked through that sacred ground. I was thrilled to find this site and see your photographs. Beautiful work. Thank you for your passion for preserving these hallowed grounds.

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