i heard about this old homestead recently. it is off hiway 11 near monroe, georgia. this homestead has been in the same family since it was built in 1825. there were originally 500 acres, of which 300 acres were farmed for cotton. the old home is still mostly original. as usual, once the people quit living there, it all went to hay and farm storage. now it is restored and even has the original kitchen table.
originally it was two rooms with a sleeping loft above. william and his wife had 12 children, so things were pretty cozy. they spun their cotton into thread and made cloth to make their own clothing. it took about 3 months from cotton plant to shirt! otherwise, they were busy growing and putting up food. there's a smoke house, a salt house, and a large root cellar.
the homestead is open to the public 1st and 3rd saturdays in warmer months. loads of outbuildings that i will shoe next week!
photographs and words be rebecca wood