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Board-and-Batten Tenant Farmhouse, Tattnall County


This style house was once common in turpentine camps but was also utilized on large farms. This one seems to have been recently exposed and as is often the case the property is likely to be cleared in the near future.


No one who lived in these types of houses had an easy life, but they were often an improvement over the drafty log housing common with the working class a few decades earlier.





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Vernacular Farmhouse, Tattnall County


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Tenant Farmhouse, Tattnall County


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Gable Front Farmhouse, Tattnall County


From the early 20th century until World War II, the gable front style was among the most popular vernacular forms in rural Georgia. The houses were functional and practical, yet many have been abandoned in recent years.

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Log Barn, Tattnall County


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Dogtrot House, Tattnall County


Located southeast of Reidsville, this dogtrot is an amazing survivor. From my perspective, these are getting harder and harder to find.



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Joe Cowart Homeplace, Tattnall County

tattnall-county-ga-farmhouse-photograph-copyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia-usa-2016Joe Cowart House, 1904

Located just outside Collins, this Folk Victorian house is the centerpiece of what was obviously a busy working farm at one time. Kathryn Braswell Hochman writes: This is my father’s homeplace, known locally as the Joe Cowart Homeplace, and is where we visited my Grandmother Braswell every summer until she died in 1966. It has been rented to tenants ever since. Joseph Lumpkin Cowart (born 1849; died at that house on Christmas Eve 1938 and was buried the next day in a coffin he had made himself) had the house built in 1904 for approx. $80. It was built on the site of a log house (moved off of the property) in which the family had lived. Across the house is indeed a tenant house, and if you were to go behind it you would find a crumbling log tobacco barn. Perhaps you can tell me which is the pack house and which was used for hay. It was not a working farm by the time I came along in the 1950s.. Or rather, only the land was farmed, and by others. I should tell you that this house and the outbuildings and the land are the stuff of my happiest childhood memories. My parents are buried in the Collins Baptist Church Cemetery, and I will always have a reason to go there.


There are a few outbuildings, including this one, which was a tenant house.


Barns with utilitarian purposes stand in a row across the highway from the main house.


I can’t be sure of all their specific uses, but a hay barn and pack house are among them.



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