Finnish Community Hall, 1920s, McKinnon

This was one of the first public buildings constructed in Finn Town (as McKinnon was popularly known) after it was settled in 1921. It was registered as a church to avoid taxation but was never used as a church. Instead, it was a gathering place for the Finnish community. For a fascinating bit of Georgia history, with great vintage photographs, visit Ernest Larson’s website.


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5 responses to “Finnish Community Hall, 1920s, McKinnon

  1. Pamela A Madert

    I grew up in Finn town, remember boarding house dances, saunas, great sister friends, great memories. My mother was first generation in Usa.

  2. ben dooley

    Brian, can you give us a little more info on the ”Finnish” settlement. Was McKinnon actually founded or populated by folks originally from Finland or does the name Finntown have another more localize origin?

    • ben dooley

      Brian I just decided to look back to see if you had any earlier pictures of McKinnon and found your 2009 posts that explained the 1921 influx of folks from Finland to found the community…who would have ever thunk it? Talk about culture shock!!

  3. Barbara Harrell Fountain

    Love learning about South Georgia. I am from Vidalia and all these comments and pictures are awesome. Thanks!

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