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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
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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
 
 

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
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The photo was great....just wish I could find a 1948, 1950 photo. The farm had some major changes to the
building in the earlier years.
1963 the farm was awarded, one of two in the United States "ALL Electric Farm" awards by the
power company.

Thanks for finding this photo.
Darla

—DARLA
 
 

The photo was great....just wish I could find a 1948, 1950 photo. The farm had some major changes to the
building in the earlier years.
1963 the farm was awarded, one of two in the United States "ALL Electric Farm" awards by the
power company.

Thanks for finding this photo.
Darla

—DARLA
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This is a picture of my grandmas place, Cora Loken. This house was moved their before Highway 52 went in. My great-grandparents owned it before it was moved. She lived next to us, and I will always remember every Saturday me or my sister would go clean for her. We have a lot of memories of the house, it burned in the 80s. But is still standing.

 
 

This farm was owned by Leonard Forss, then by his son, Maynard. We now own the farm and my husband, Ken, is Maynards son. Its fun to see how much it has changed in 40 years.

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This farm is in Magnolia Ohio, originated by Thomas Newhouse, passed on to Warren and Dorthea Bowman, then sold in 2008 to Kevin Lee. The home was built in 1849 out of bricks made on site and the sandstone foundation was cut and brought one at a time from a mile away.

—Joshua Lee
 
 

This is where my mom grew up milking cows in Sandyville, Ohio. It was sold in the 1980's.

—Joshua lee
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This farm is in Sandyville Ohio. Bought by my father in 1983 and currently owned in 2010.

—Joshua lee