Grady Jones Farmstead, Tift County

Tift County GA Grady Jones Farm Farmhouse Oak Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This property has been farmed by the same family for at least four generations. It’s recently been sold and I was asked to document it. Thanks to Brad Lindsey for access and for sharing a bit of his family’s history.

Tift County GA Grady Jones Farm Green Tar Paper Shed Crib Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

This appears to have served as a corn crib at one time.

Tift County GA Grady Jones Farm  Packhouse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Pictured above is an old packhouse and its interior is shown below. Wilt Jones remembers fertilizer being stored here and notes that the bags hanging on the right might have held guano. He remembers his Papa Jones called it guy-an-ner. If you’re from South Georgia I’m sure you’re familiar with that old-time pronunciation.

Tift County GA Grady Jones Farm Abandoned Packhouse Old Chairs Fertilizer Bags Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The skeletal remains of a tobacco barn are a reminder of the favored crop of mid-20th century Georgia.

Tift County GA Grady Jones Farm Ruins of Tobacco Barn Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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8 responses to “Grady Jones Farmstead, Tift County

  1. Carolyn Allen Strickland

    I grew up in the Chula area. I also knew Grady Jones. It was nice to see these pictures. Very interesting.

  2. If they intend to tear down these old buildings, my family would love to have the opportunity to try to reclaim some of the barn wood. We love using it in our old house for frames, furniture and other small projects.

  3. Ben Dooley

    Interesting post. Brian, I grew up in North GA and my grandma lived in the country between Buford and Gainesville. She often spoke of using “gyou-honor” but I never knew until your post that she wasn’t simply using a brand name for a fertilizer. Now I realize she was using the “above the gnat-line” dialect word for guano.

  4. Yep, Mama and Daddy called it gue-anner! I remember washing gue-anner sacks in the creek as a child. That was so much fun because you got to swim after you got done washing sacks. Wonderful childhood memories.

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