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Atlanta Prison Farm

The beauty of urban decay, hiding some dark secrets 

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Sometimes firefighters decide a building just isn’t worth it. Such was the case in October of 2009 when the roof caught fire at the Atlanta Prison Farm. A defunct prison said to have been in operation from 1945 to 1995. The firefighters felt that is simply wasn’t worth the risk to aggressively try to stop the fire, and to let the fire burn itself out, which eventually it did.

Such is the fate of the Atlanta Prison Farm which has been slowly rotting away for the last two and a half decades. What remains of it now is covered in graffiti, and kudzu, the ubiquitous and infamous “vine that ate the South.”

The site recently received some new interest as the possible location of a 500 acre regional park, but the issue is complicated by the fact that while Atlanta city owns the derelict prison it is in another county, who is less gung-ho about the project. In the meantime the site continues to sit unused, except by urban explorers, and occasionally the homeless. The recent fire points to just how precarious the site really is.

Visitors are advised to take SERIOUS precaution. It is a no trespassing area and there are dangerous areas, such as obscured holes that open into the generator house many feet below.

Know Before You Go

If you go during the warmer months wear long pants and preferably at least some above the ankle boots. The area is covered in thorns and poison ivy. As of 8/18/16 only the main building is not entirely covered over in kudzu and over growth. If you want in the smaller buildings you should bring a machete or someway to clear your way as the over growth is very thick. I found my head light gear to be extremely helpful when taking pictures - plus there are still very dark areas even during the light of day.

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