Join me as I wander the South in search of the places that time forgot.


New Stories of Old Places


The Memories Within These Walls

The Memories Within These Walls

Built in the 1860s, this house started as a smaller one story version of what stands now. As i researched the story here, I stumbled upon some fascinating characters that help paint a better picture of the history here.

History Lost in South Carolina

History Lost in South Carolina

This home in Cottageville, SC is thought to have been built in the 1870s but was demolished in 2023 so I spent some time researching its story.

Church in a Georgia Ghost Town

Church in a Georgia Ghost Town

Powelton Methodist Church is one of a handful of buildings that still stand at a rural crossroads that used to be an important stop on the Georgia Backroads. Today, it’s easy to miss the significant history of the village that used to be here so I spent some time gathering some of the story here.

Decaying Virginia Mansion Looks For New Owners

Decaying Virginia Mansion Looks For New Owners

This Virginia mansion has seen better days but there is hope that someone with deep pockets and a big vision will come forward to save it. Because underneath the vandalism and decay is some incredible craftsmanship and history that reaches back to the 1700 and 1800s.

Memories Along An Alabama Road

Memories Along An Alabama Road

This old store in Alabama hasn’t been used for many years, but at one point, it was a busy place for locals and travelers alike.

Early Methodist Church in South Carolina

Early Methodist Church in South Carolina

A church congregation was meeting here as early as 1786, although the membership has seen much change in all those years. Originally meeting under brush arbor, the current structure dates to 1872.

Welcome to The Forgotten South!

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I’m Kelly

Photographer, Researcher, and Cemetery Advocate

The Forgotten South began in 2010 as the hobby photography project of a history nerd. Since then, I have traveled to more than 2,000 historic sites across 13 states looking for the places time forgot. Then I dig in to research their stories to share with y’all. 

In 2020, the project expanded to include documentation and clean-up of abandoned cemeteries as well.

Here on the website I share the images and stories of the sites I’ve researched so far. I hope you will follow along as I add more stories of old places to the blog!