David Reddish Log House, 1850s, Wayne County

This amazing survivor was built as a single-pen log residence in the 1850s by area pioneer David Reddish (1824-1902). Thanks to Mr. Reddish’s great-great granddaughter, Amanda Farmery, for bringing this highly endangered pioneer home to my attention. Mr. Reddish lived in the house until his death in 1902.

The hearth was located on the end pictured above and has collapsed and some of the brick was salvaged or removed.

This view of the interior illustrates the condition of the house, which is so compromised that I wouldn’t even step inside.

Typical of construction of this era in Georgia, the logs are held in place by dovetail joinery.

A rear view of the original section of the house illustrates just how utilitarian structures of this type tended to be in early rural Georgia.

At some point, a board-and-batten addition was made to the house. It’s possible that this was done after Mr. Reddish’s death. Amanda Farmery notes that a well on the property displays a date of 1912, suggesting it continued to be used a residence for some time.

This view from the board-and-batten addition looks toward the original single-pen log section.

Though there is likely no hope for saving the structure, it is wonderful that the family has allowed to stand all these years. I am very grateful to Amanda Farmery for not only recognizing its importance to her family history but her desire for documenting it and sharing it for posterity’s sake.




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3 responses to “David Reddish Log House, 1850s, Wayne County

  1. Karen Harlow

    Love this, many many years ago, we did a historical tour with my grandfather, to record and see the places that he could remember and tell us. One of them was an old wooden house falling apart, but he said his father and probably one of his uncles, built it…. it is gone now but I salvaged some sort of relic from it.

  2. Peggy Brown Hambrick

    Incredible photos! ❤️ Not often one gets to take photos of the inside of these old homesteads!

  3. Rafe Semmes

    Hello, Brian,

    I continue to enjoy your posts. This one jumped out at me because there is a similar, though smaller, cabin on Limerick Road just off US 17 South in eastern Liberty County, where I moved to 34 years ago this month. Incredibly, there was an old black man still living in it when I got here in 1986. I never stopped by to stay hello, and then some years later, he was gone. If the original cabin was 8′ x 10′, that would be generous. There was a later small addition added to the rear. I was amazed that someone would still be living in it, but then, this was a very poor part of rural Liberty County for many years.

    Rafe Semmes Midway GA

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