Turpentine Cabin, Wefanie

Wefanie GA Long County Abandoned Farmhouse Turpentine Shack Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

From what someone who once lived in the community told me about Wefanie, I believe this was used as a tenant house for turpentine workers. Though it doesn’t resemble most turpentine cabins I’ve photographed, I’ll identify it as such until I know differently. Along with the privy and barn in the two posts that follow this one, it was recently exposed when the surrounding woods were thinned.

Wefanie GA Long County Abandoned Vernacular Farmhouse Turpentine Era Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Wefanie was never really a town in the proper sense of the word, but was a busy logging and turpentine community with its own whistle-stop in its prime. I have no idea where the name originates.

Wefanie GA Long County Vernacular Farmhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The cardboard seen below was used for insulation…

Wefanie GA Long County Vernacular Farmhouse Cardboard Insulation Tenant Shack Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

As the Fanta carton would suggest, this was probably occupied well beyond the turpentine era. This is one sight I’m glad to see vanishing!

Wefanie GA Long County Abandoned Turpentine Shack Cardboard Fanta Drink Boxes Used as Insulation Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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9 responses to “Turpentine Cabin, Wefanie

  1. G. Daland Webb

    After 50 years of photography as a hobby, I have recently rekindled an interest in old structures, intact or in the process of falling down. With wooden ones, side lighting really brings out the weathered grain. You have taken on half of the state. Keep up the great work.

  2. ladybuggold

    The other day my hubby and I took off on a backroad adventure. †Some of the places we wander he is familiar with because he has lived in this area (Ludowici/Hinesville) all his life. †Being only a Georgia gal for about 10 years, it is a way for me get to know the history of this place I now call home. We went looking for river landings as part of our adventure! One being Pig and the other Upper. We were on a road outside Jesup that my hubby said he always just knew it as Gooseneck. †I do not know if that helps you have any idea as to where I came across these two interesting places! I know we were close to the Upper Landing at the time. †The house was on one side of the road & †the marker was on the other side-I was delighted to find that someone made a note of what once was. †I am now sending you my pictures. †If you already knew about this please excuse email. †Also, coming down Rye Patch as if from Hinesville there is a dirt road across from the Rye Patch Church (an interesting structure too) and down that dirt road to the right you will see a old farm house that has had the growth pulled away from it. †Every time I pass the house I think I should be taking a picture because I feel like before too much longer it will be no more. My phone camera does not take very good pictures, so I just wanted to check with you if you knew about this old home. †I see houses like that and wish they could whisper their history, their moments to me. †I enjoy your postings. I loved Amy Hogan’s song! Thank you for your interest and time.

  3. KHanna

    How do you pronounce “Wefanie”? Is it like Wee-fanny? Or like Stephanie with a “W”? Am I close at all?

  4. Wendell

    Hi to you Brian, I think you are correct on the old cabin type houses being turpentine-worker housings. After the turpentine industry faded away they were used mostly as rental or some probably allowed to stay free because of there need. As far as the Wefanie name, the only reference I know of it is of its designation of that area and the railroad trestle nearby built for the Georgia Coastal & Peidmont Railroad which crossed Jones Creek at that spot and is still visible to this day, at least the built up rail bed itself.

  5. I’ve seen these buildings many, many times on my way through the area. I lived in Ludowici for several years. I’m glad to her the history of the buildings. Wefanie. Never knew why it was called that. So sad to see places fade into the past. The lives that were lived, and stories that were made, fascinating.

  6. so much history being lost.

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