Category Archives: Irwinville Places

Wilson Farmstead, Irwin County

Home of a tenant farmer who will be resettled Irwinville Farms GA Photograph by Arthur Rothstein Library of Congress Brian Brown Irwinville Farms Website

This was among the most common styles of housing in South Georgia prior to the Great Depression; many structures of this style remain today in various stages of modification. Thanks to Gary McDaniel for identifying this as his grandparents’ home. It was archived as a typical home of an Irwinville Farms client before resettlement. The young boy on the front porch, barely visible on the right, is his uncle, Bill Wilson. Gary’s mother, Joy Wilson McDaniel, is an Irwinville native and the author of the wonderful history: Irwinville Farms Project: The Making of  a Community.

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress (September 1935)

Here’s a link to the photograph of Bill Wilson:

https://irwinvillega.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/son-of-sharecropper-who-will-be-resettled-on-the-irwinville-farms-project-georgia/

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Scene at Irwinville, 1938

Scene of Log Farmhouse at Irwinville GA Folk Life Vernacular Architecture Photographer John Vachon Library of Congress © Brian Brown Vanishihg Media Irwinville Farms Website 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938?)

This was made in 1938 but there’s no further identifying information. The log house is typical of the time, as well as the chinaberry tree in the dirt yard. It was likely made on the “outskirts” of Irwinville.

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Father & Daughter at the Irwinville Farms Project Office

Father Daughter at Irwinville Farms Project Office Straw Hat Overalls Southern Folklife Great Depression Photographer John Vachon Library of Congress May 1938 © Brian Brown Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website

This was made by John Vachon in May 1938, along with several other photographs of farmers from the project. I do not know the identity of these two, who appear to be a father and daughter. Hopefully someone will know.

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James McDuffie’s Farm at Irwinville

James MacDuffie's Two Horse Farm Unit at Irwinville Farms Cornfield Great Depression Photographer John Vachon May 1938 Library of Congress © Vanishing Media Irwinville Farms Website USA 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

The McDuffie family were among the most-documented families on the Irwinville Farms Project. This is the image used on the site header.

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New House at Irwinville Farms, 1938

House at Irwinvlle Farms GA Photographer John Vachon May 1938 Library of Congress Folklife Family on Front Porch Vanishing Media Irwinvlle Farms USA 2013

John Vachon/Library of Congress (May 1938)

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Irwinville Farms Tobacco Barn

Irwinville Farms Barn, Crystal Lake Road, © Brian Brown 2012

I believe this to be an original Irwinville Farms Project tobacco barn. If not, it’s of the same construction. It’s located on Crystal Lake Road.

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Irwinville Farms Co-Op Store

John Vachon/Library of Congress. (May 1938)

Besides signs encouraging consumers to “Call for Phillip Morris”, there’s also a flyer advertising National Airmail Week.

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