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This photo was taken in 1971, 3 years before a tornado came through and leveled the barn and all the trees, the house stood firm as myself my mother and one of by brothers were in the basement as the tornado passed.

—Paul Bieser
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My parents bought this farm in the early seventies. Most of the buildings are gone and replaced with newer ones. I have lived here since 1993. It is neat to see how it used to look.

 
 

The Hughes family farm: I have looked for an aerial picture of the home farm where I grew up many years. Most of the building that stood when I lived there are gone or they are in poor condition. My father build our home on this property in the early 50's. The home had indoor bathroom. One of the first in this area. The house today has been remodeled so it has a different shape. My mom raised a big garden, we always had fresh produce to eat. I have many fond memories growning up on the farm. We raised tobacco for a cash crop. Lots of hard work but help our family survive in tough times. This picture had brought me a lot of joy!!

—Cheryl Hughes-Roscovius
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Back in September, my father-in-law lost his mother. We actually buried her on his birthday. Obviously we weren't in the mindset to get him a gift. Afterwards, we had thought about how great it would be to get him an aerial photo of the farm that we all live on.

This farm was built up by his mother and father while they were alive. The problem was, we couldn't find a photographer or airport that would be able to do such a thing or even give us info on where to turn. We had given up.

While searching for some goats on Craigslist one afternoon, we saw a link for "vintage aerial photos" and thought what are the chances?

After inputting some very basic info, we were contacted by a very professional and helpful gentleman. Not only did they actually have an aerial of the farm, but it included the old farm house that we tore down 3 years ago. This was the house that my father-in-law grew up in; made tons of memories with the family in. We just had to get it.

A few weeks later, UPS showed up. My husband and I couldn't wait to look at it. It was beautiful!!! We took it up to the in-laws. I showed my mother-in-law first since Dale wasn't there. When he got back, and opened that box, the expression was amazing. Here is a big man; a rough, tough, farm boy, standing there, staring, with tears in his eyes. He couldn't thank us enough. We left and after a bit, went back up there. Dale was out again, so we asked mom if she thought he liked it. She said "he only took it in and out of the box about 10 times!!" We cannot thank you enough Vintage Aerial Photos for helping to make this awesome man's difficult year, a whole lot more special!!!

—Eric and Renee Davis
 
 

My family rented this house in the 80's and 90's. Money was tight, but we have a lot of good memories. The house caught fire in the later 90's and the owner bulldozed it. When you drive by today it is like the house was never there. I checked with everyone in the family and nobody had a picture of the old house. I found an ad for Vintage Aerial in Farm Show Magazine. I decided to e-mail them but honestly, what were the chances they would have a picture? What a pleasant surprise to find out, they did. Now I have something to remember where I grew up and something i can share with my nephews. Vintage Aerial and Charlie Spencer - it was nice to work with you!

—Brant Smith
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We have a family home that was built in 1900. There are no pictures of the house between early 1900's and 1990 or so. This was a great discovery to find Vintage Aerial. They were able to find two photos' of our home. One in 1973 and one in 1984. It will be a great Christmas gift for my husband. Thanks!!!

—Gina Mulcahy
 
 

We bought this farm in 1984 this picture was taken in the 60's. Most of the buildings have been torn down and replaced and most of the trees are gone. We lived in the old farm house for 17 years. I used to play in this barn and the low lying shed was our play fort. I have so many fond memories of this farm. We still own it to this day and its pretty amazing to see what it looked like 50 years ago.

—Katie
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We purchased this property in 2008 to build a new home.

The 25 acre property was originally developed as a fish farm created by Jack C. Boote. According to a 1972 article published in the "American Fish Farmer", the property consisted of "6 man-made ponds, twelve hundred nursery planted trees, and thousands of perennial plants...walking paths, white painted piers and bridges to cross the ponds to a large island designed to separate the ponds." The property was called Jack Boote's Fishing Paradise.

We purchased the property in 2008 after it had been abandoned for many years. There was only one operational pond left (the one in the photo). The other, now dry ponds, were leveled back in the fall of 2008 for safety reasons. We built a home near the "J" shaped pond.

The bridges were all gone and all except one little "A" framed building have fallen down. But we have visions of how beautiful this place once was and hope to bring it back to life.

We are happy to have this little piece of "paradise" which we have now renamed "Foggy Meadows Farm" and will raise Shire draft horses. We have restocked the pond and enjoy our summers along the shore of this little 3.5 acre pond.

Thank you for finding this photo which we believe was taken when it was being constructed. We would love to see more of the property in the future if you ever come across additional film!

We were very happy with the help that you provided in finding this very interesting part of our property's history!

Mike and Christy Riley
Foggy Meadows Farm

—Christy Riley
 
 

This is my house in Pike County, GA. No one is sure exactly when it was built but the estimate is 1885, because it has features of "farm" victorian design (hipped roof, assymetrical proportions) which was popular at the time, and other houses in the area that were built in the mid-1800's have these features. You can see the pine trees to the right - several decades ago there was an enormous mule barn with hundreds of mules under roof, where the pine trees now are. This is because this house was once surrounded by cotton fields for miles in all directions, that were plowed by mules - no tractors were in common use in this part of GA at the time. This house was the superintendent's house, and the superintendant was in the employ of what we would now call an agri-business, the name of which was R.F.Strickland Company, who owned most of the land in this neck of the woods. R.F.Strickland Co. had a cotton gin, a general store, a fertilizer store, a warehouse, a train depot, a wire connection to the NY Stock Exchange, and groceries in the small town just about 2 miles up the road. The company built superintendent's houses like this one on the north, south, east, and west of the town, and our house was the "south" superintendent's house. My family has owned the house since 1996 and we have added onto the back of the house, plus added a small cow barn and workshop and shed. As originally built, the house had 11' ceilings, 6 fireplaces, with two rooms on each side of a center hallway that went all the way from the front door to the back of the house. We found evidence of a Kitchen house that was built behind the original house, but when Rural Electrification arrived in this part of GA as a part of the New Deal, a kitchen and dining room was added onto the back of the house, like a panhandle, and it has 9' ceilings. With our addition and remodel, the house now has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, because of our large family of 6 people. We recently glassed-in the front porch. Also the oak tree you can see just behind the house and to the right was one of the largest willow oak trees in GA in girth, but it recently fell because of the lingering drought in GA. There was an old hand-dug well behind the house that folks who have lived in the community a long time say was the best well water in the area.

—Jeff Yearwood
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This is my family's farm in Pike County, GA. It is a farm of about a thousand acres, the back of which runs along the Flint River. When I was a child, our summertime family reunions were down by the river, where a hog was cooked by the men in the sandy ground by the river, while the women prepared the side dishes, and it was all spread out on long tables. This was in the 60's, when I was a child, but I am told the family reunions had been held there for decades before. After air-conditioning became common, the family did not go to the river anymore in the summertime for family reunions. They began to be held indoors at the farmhouse or at the house of another relative, and sometimes they were held at a venue with a pool. My Great-grandfather first leased some property which eventually became this farm in 1896. Then he bought the farm in pieces over time, during the next two decades. My cousin now owns it, and he is 82, and he has never lived anywhere else, and never worked anywhere else. This farm has grown cotton, soybeans, hay, hogs, and now is a cattle farm.
The house and barns are the centerpiece of this farm. The house in the front of the picture was originally built before the Civil War as a 4-room house, but my family has added onto it over the years. The timbers for the sills are huge pine trees that were felled, dried, and shaped and cut to fit. There was no foundation at first, but the house was on rocks and pillars, but has since been underpinned so that there could be central heating and air-conditioning. The orignal rooms have high ceilings and heart pine for walls, ceilings and floors. There was a fire in the early 60's that threatened to have destroyed the house, but my father put it out in the crawl space, and there was thankfully little damage. The farm was recently honored by the State of Georgia as a Centennial Farm, which is an award for farms that have been in the same family and have been farmed by that same family for more than a hundred years. This has always been a family farm, and we pray it continues to be for many more generations. Recently, the grandson of the current Owner (the grandson is in his 30's and who is a partner with his grandfather in the business) built a rustic cabin on the riverbank, at the exact spot where the family used to gather for family reunions. Now we use the river area again to gather as a family, which is a great blessing.

—Jeff Yearwood