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I was so excited to receive this image from David Frey of an historic round barn in Laurens County; he was gracious enough to let me share it. He made the photograph in 1974, noting that it was a landmark to travelers between Dublin and Wrightsville in those days; the barn is still standing but no longer accessible to the public. As a result, I’m unable to share an exact location. This example is of the octagonal variety and though I have no idea as to a date, my best estimate would be 1900-1910.
A brief review of available references on the subject suggests this may be the only surviving round barn in Georgia; a 14-sided example, the Dorough Round Barn at Hickory Level in Carroll County is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but is apparently in ruins or no longer extant.
Still going strong after a century, Bryant’s Gin was running full steam when I stopped in Bartow recently. Cotton remains one of Georgia’s most important crops.
The present gin in Bartow dates to the 1950s, replacing an earlier facility.
Several old warehouses remain.
I believe this was an office, related to the business.
Bartow Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
If you’re familiar with the Georgia Grown program of the Department of Agriculture, you’re likely a fan of locally sourced products. From Southern Pecan Pepper Jelly to Pickled Okra to Candied Jalapenos, Lauri Jo’s offers a little something for everyone. I stopped by their retail and production space in Norman Park the other day to pick up a couple of jars of their Southern Sweet Cucumber Pickles, a family favorite. My mother , who says they’re as good as the ones my great-grandmother used to make, called me on the road to ask me to get some. The folks that work for Lauri Jo make you feel right at home and are rightfully proud of their products. I got a look at a big wall map of the United States with pins on all the places Lauri Jo’s has been shipped and sold. There were lots of pins.
If you’re from Georgia, you probably don’t associate these images with tobacco barns but these aren’t just any tobacco barns. They’re among the last remnants of a highly specialized segment of the tobacco industry. Shade tobacco.
Shade tobacco was grown for cigar wrappers in southwest Georgia, northwest Florida, and the Connecticut River Valley of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Wood-framed arbors and later, cheese cloth tents, filtered sun and kept insects away to achieve the higher grade of tobacco required for cigars.
Shade tobacco was grown in the United States from the 1840s until 1975. Most production in Grady County was finished by 1965, though, as Imperial Tobacco (previously American Sumatra) ceased operations.
Few shade tobacco barns survive in Georgia in any condition and well-preserved examples are rare. Thanks to Gaile Eubanks for help with the location.
I haven’t been able to locate any information on Clark’s Mill, but it’s obviously an important landmark in Jefferson County.
Like most old mills today, it’s located on private property and is not accessible to the public. There’s also what appears to have been a modern restaurant located on the property.