Tag Archives: Historic Georgia Farms

Sam Engram House, Circa 1913, Zetto

Brothers Dan and Ed Giles, whose family has farmed the surrounding countryside for over fifty years, have transformed this historic home into the Pine Ridge Plantation lodge. They have modernized the space while maintaining its historic integrity and the plantation has quickly become one of the premier hunting destinations in Southwest Georgia. Though sometimes spelled ‘Ingram’, old timers from the area have written that it was spelled ‘Engram’.

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Allen Jones House, 1885, Candler County

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This appears to have originally been built as an unusually small Plantation Plain-style farmhouse with the wings likely added as the family grew. The orientation of the house has also been changed, as well, with the entryways now located on what would have originally been the sides.

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Across the highway on the farm is this unusual barn, which I initially thought was a smokehouse. But as Edwin King pointed out, smokehouses didn’t have chimneys. I’m not sure if it was originally a smokehouse, with the chimney added later, or if it had some other function. I just can’t place it.

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Powell Farm, Lanier County

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This farmhouse is located just north of Lakeland. It’s an interesting vernacular form which immediately caught my eye as I was driving toward Pearson.

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It’s part of an historic farmstead that is presently listed for sale.

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My guess is that it dates to the late-19th or early-20th century.

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Two pack houses or seed barns are located on the property.

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A nice tobacco barn also survives.

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Jordan Farm, Calhoun County

Calhoun County GA Plantation House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vansihing South Georgia USA 2016

I’m not sure of the history of this house, but it’s one of the most perfectly classical I’ve yet seen. I’ve been told that it’s known locally as the Jordan Farm. Jimmy Webb writes that it’s now owned by Bob & Barbara McLendon. Barbara McLendon writes: Bob McLendon and I own this house. This farm was purchased in 1950 from a family from Chattanooga by my father, William Harvey Jordan. Prior to it being purchased, the farm was managed by Frank Worthy and they lived in the home. The cemetery is in the field located adjacent to the house. If anyone would like to see this house or visit the cemetery you can call Bob McLendon at (229) 881-3201. It is better to visit the cemetery in the winter months when there is not a crop planted in the field.

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Smith Farm, Telfair County

Telfair County GA Smith Farm Windmill Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

If you’ve traveled US 341 in South Georgia you’ve likely noticed this old farmhouse and windmill near Lumber City.  The windmill once provided water for the house and an adjacent peach orchard. It still works.

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Paulk Farm, Irwin County

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I often drive by this historic farmstead when I’m home and it is always well-kept and preserved. The historic farmhouse is one of the oldest in Irwin County.

License Plate Barn Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georia USA 2015

This barn, adorned with old license plates, is one of my favorites.

Syrup Making Shed Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The syrup shed is a nice survivor, as well.

Thanks to Jerry Youghn for the identification.

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John Teel House, Circa 1840, Sumter County

John Teel House Antebellum Greek Revival Landmark Gaston Farm Sumter County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This vernacular Greek Revival house is the centerpiece of what is today known as the Teel-Crawford-Gaston Plantation or, more practically, the Gaston farm. The historical background that follows (in italics) comes from the 2004 National Register of Historic Places registration form. The farm represents two major periods in the history of Georgia agriculture, the plantation system and the the tenant farming system. John Teel purchased the property in 1836 and built the main house by 1840. He established a plantation where, by 1850, he lived with his wife, nine children, and 16 slaves. In 1852, Teel sold the plantation to Shadrack and Lucina Crawford, who after the Civil War turned the property from a plantation based on slave labor to a farm based on the tenant system.

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The Crawfords sold the farm to Robert B. Gaston in 1918, who farmed there until his death in 1925. Gaston worked the land with mules and relied on the labor of tenant farmers. Gaston built the existing outbuilding complex to support the operation, most of which survives. James Monroe Gaston, Jr., Robert’s grandson, continues to farm the property to this day.

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