Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown is a dry-stone waller and folklorist based in Greenville, South Carolina.

She spent her twenties bouncing between the University of North Carolina and the Smithsonian, small farms and commercial kitchens, and hillsides and blacksmith shops in Wales before realizing that she wanted to work with both her hands and her intellect.

Today, in addition to running her own stone masonry business, she continues to pursue independent oral history and photography projects in the US and Wales.

She can often be found staring up at stars, stretched out on picnic blankets, scrambling across remote hilltops, or helming a sailing vessel.


Whitney Brown @wbrownstone

1/2 Almost done listening to @juderogers A Life in Music. Have officially wept thru entirety of Mr. Evans & the choir & the village. Flooded w/ good memories & reminded of my friend Eddie, now gone. Saddest thing I had to cut from my book was the spontaneous pub singing & Eddie

Just posted a photo @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQMMA1JHmmN/?utm_medium=twitter

Just posted a photo @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQKYB7QnHag/?utm_medium=twitter

Jenny the rose (actually a Teasing Georgia) is very happy this year. @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQKDOUFHKOs/?utm_medium=twitter

People always marvel at how I can “afford” to go abroad as I do. Let me tell you something: renting a house in this country is astoundingly more expensive than anything I deal with in Britain. Ditto my experience of Italy.

Reason #67,998 it's a shame UNC is losing @malindalowery due to its insistent, persistent racism and stupidity: she is able to speak the truth in a balanced, carefully considered, convincing way. This woman specializes in hard conversations and complexity.

Let's say you found an essay you wrote a while ago that is nigh-on perfect, but it's extremely delicate with respect to another person (who treated you like absolute shit and essentially blackballed you). What would you do with it?

If I have to be dealing with tax nonsense and invoices, this is the best possible office. @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQJIQoBHtW2/?utm_medium=twitter

“It’s not like we just subpoenaed the personal records of members of Congress for purely political reasons, we also hated those guys.”

The same folks condemning critical race theory because “it doesn’t teach accurate racial history” worship a white Jesus.

As the heat rises, I think of swimming: natural pools in Wales, the lakes of my South Carolina childhood, the roaring Pacific of Oaxaca, the sparkling Adriatic, the murky estuaries of the Carolina coast. Next time I’m in Richmond, though…


I feel so weary of angry idiots in this country. There seem to be so many. The only life conservatives seem to value these days is fetuses. Guns and “freedom” over literally everything. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/14/us/georgia-shooting-grocery-store-mask.html?referringSource=articleShare

Just posted a photo @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQHizs9nyoY/?utm_medium=twitter

Just posted a photo @ Patrick County, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQHOpQcHFBX/?utm_medium=twitter

I wanted his ass GONE at the time, like a lot of progressive white Democrats, but I’m glad he stayed and worked. And I’m grateful to the African-American leaders and communities that pushed him to get some shit done. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/14/us/politics/ralph-northam-virginia.html?referringSource=articleShare


Just posted a photo @ Dugspur, Virginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CQCUya-njgG/?utm_medium=twitter

Having grown up in two Southern Baptist churches & run away as fast as I could, I’d like to know what lefty churches these “pirates” are after. (One assumes these are same folks who think Democrats are socialists rather than the ctr right they really are.) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/12/us/southern-baptists-conservatives.html?referringSource=articleShare

When you work so hard in NC humidity it looks like you peed yourself up, down, sideways, AND spun it like a helicopter. This is me most days in the summer, I’m both proud and disgusted to say. 🤣😎 @ Durham, North Carolina https://www.instagram.com/p/CP_xX6NHDgw/?utm_medium=twitter

Did your income tax filing get lost somewhere between @turbotax and the IRS even though you had confirmation your federal filing was accepted AND you paid? My accountant says I’m not alone. (And this is the reason I now have an accountant.)