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Pearson Farm Tenant Houses, Peach County

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Raymond Clark writes: These were the homes where people lived who picked peaches for the Mike Pearson family. I used to work for the Pearsons in the 1980s when I was a teen. African-Americans used to work in the peach field and peach package house before Mexicans took over.The houses were abandoned after Mike Pearson left the peach business and began working for Blue Bird. The Lane family took over peach business.

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H. V. Kell Building, 1912, Fort Valley

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H. V. Kell was a a grocery-hardware store chain. The stenciled advertising placed diagonally between the windows was very common in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, but is rarely seen intact today. The banners read, from left to right: Farm Hardware; Field Fence; Roofing Nails; Paints And Oil.

Fort Valley was a real surprise, as I’d only passed through the area briefly before my recent photo expedition there. There are three National Register Historic Districts in the town and one of the most interesting and well maintained downtowns I’ve seen in awhile. It’s a bit out of the way, but definitely worth a trip whether you’re a photographer, historian, or casual visitor.

Fort Valley Downtown & Railroad Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Anthoine Machine Shop Shed, Fort Valley

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This outbuilding is located at the Anthoine Machine Shop along Railroad Street. Established in 1885, the Anthoine Machine Shop is the second oldest business in Peach County and is one of just a few machine shops still using line shafts in Georgia. Vanishing icons of the Industrial Revolution,  line shafts were the common mode of power transmission in machinery until the widespread availability of small motors deemed them unnecessary.

Fort Valley Downtown & Railroad Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Church Street, Fort Valley

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The building in the middle is the Fort Valley Masonic Lodge #110, F. & A. M.

Fort Valley Downtown & Railroad Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Peach County Court House, 1936, Fort Valley

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Designed by Dennis & Dennis, this is likely a WPA construction, but I haven’t confirmed this.

National Register of Historic Places

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Old Peach County Jail, 1925, Fort Valley

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Peach County, Georgia’s newest, was created in 1924. This jail was built soon thereafter and for many years housed the sheriff’s family (first floor) along with inmates on the second floor. The jail was decommissioned in 1986. As of 2016, it is slated for demolition. It may already be gone.

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Fort Valley Police Department, 1932

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I first thought this to be a WPA construction, but the 1932 date is a bit early for that. It was orginally built as a post office and is very similar to many WPA-era post offices.

Fort Valley Downtown & Railroad Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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