Tag Archives: Georgia Folklife During the Great Depression

Turpentine Culture at Du Pont

Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

In the heart of Southeast Georgia turpentine country, Dorothea Lange captured a turpentine worker, broken from a hot July day’s work in the forests, and his wife looking out the window of their cabin. It’s a typical board-and-batten structure, common in the turpentine industry.

Wife of Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress (July 1937)

Here’s a “turpentine cabin” I photographed in Appling County last year.

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Turpentine Cabin, Fred Carter Road, 2012 © Brian Brown

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Children of a Resettled Family, Wolf Creek Farms

Augus 1935 Wolf Creek Farms Grady County GA Children of Resettled Farmer playing Arthur Rothstein Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression Vanishing Media USA 2012

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress. (August 1935)

Wolf Creek Farms, in Grady County,  was one of several so-called resettlement communities in Georgia during the Great Depression.

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Chewing Tobacco

This iconic image, made in Franklin, Georgia, proves that the Southern stereotype of the rural poor white Cracker was alive and well during the Great Depression.

Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (April 1941)

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McCranie Brothers Naval Stores, Willacoochee

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McCranie Brothers Naval Stores, Willacoochee, Georgia. © Brian Brown, 2011.

Built in 1936, the McCranie Brothers turpentine still near Willacoochee is the last original still in its original location remaining in Georgia. It is a reminder of a time when naval stores were the only cash crop in South Georgia other than cotton, and luckily, is maintained by descendants. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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McCranie Brothers Naval Stores, Willacoochee, Georgia. © Brian Brown, 2011.

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Pig Monument, Washington County

Bartow Barron Pig Monument (Detail). © Brian Brown 2012.

One of the strangest but most heartwarming monuments you will see in Georgia!

On this spot in 1933 during the Great Depression neighbors of a farmer named Bartow Barron joined together to rescue his pig from a dry well. This monument is erected to the spirit of friendship and community so characteristic of those times.

Donors listed on the monument: Reynolds Allen, Beegee Baugh, John Burkey, Suzanne Caskey, Chris Chandler, Beaufort Cranford, Ruth Cranford, Nancy Culberson, Lee Dickens, May Donnelly, Charles W. Ennis, Noel Fowler, Floride Gardner, Emily Garner, Don Hartsfield, Myralyn Hartsfield, Goat Helton, Francis Ross Hicks, Cecil Hodges, Mary Holt, Martha Johnson, Maxa Osterman, Brenda Phillips, Rubye C. Pittman, Wesley Pittman, Randolph Puckett, Gus Pursley, Leon Thigpen, Catherine Everett Thurston, Elizabeth Tinley, and Harriett Wright.

I tip my hat to these people for memorializing such a simple yet profound act of community!

I’m not sure when the monument was erected, but I would guess the mid-1990s. I believe a poem about this incident was published by Harold A. Martin in his book Southland and Other Poems of the South (Cherokee Publishing, 1992), which is referenced at the bottom of the marker. I would love to know more.

Bartow Barron Pig Monument. © Brian Brown 2012.

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Colie Smith Riding a Horse, Carroll County

Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (May 1941)

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Negro Boy Selling Pecans Near Alma

At 10 lbs./$1, pecans were a high-priced commodity, even during the Depression era. It was a common practice for producers to sell their crop directly to the public, foregoing the costly middle man.

The sign on the right advertises the Carolina Home Restaurant in Alma, tempting travelers with the promise of “Hot Biscuits”.

All photos: Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress. (January 1937)

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