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12. Fences


Our path to the Cresser Homestead

Our path to the Cresser Homestead

Last October, my husband and I tripped to the Okefenokee Swamp while visiting Amelia and Cumberland Islands. Part of our day there was spent trekking back into an area once inhabited by a “swamper” and his family. According to our guide, these “swampers” often were individuals escaping from ‘something’ and liked the anonymity of establishing a homestead deep in the swamp where they lived off the land. One such family was the Cresser family whose property we visited. The dwelling dates back to early 1900’s and depicts very well how these people lived. They would have been surrounded by all types of critters and creatures of the swamp and, thus, fences were an important part of guarding their animals, crops and themselves. However, it was apparent that the fences were a discouragement to these creatures and not necessarily a deterrent. The outer perimeter of their property had a fence — rather rudimentary — which seemed to mark boundaries of their claim. A rail fence surrounded what might have been the outer limits and a picket fence surrounded and guarded such buildings as the main house, a corn crib, the syrup house and the smoke house. They were said to have grown chickens and pigs and the fences would have kept these animals from wandering. All of these fences were crafted to suit the utility they served but all were honed from the trees of the surrounding forest.

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Rail fence that surrounded most of the property.

Rail fence that surrounded most of the property.

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Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

9 thoughts on “12. Fences

  1. I just love that first pic, the path, the tall trees AND the fence! Those people were very brave and hard working!

  2. Looks like you have stepped back in time. So glad they have keep this little bit of history in tack. The many types of rails and fences are so intersting. Just imagine how long it took them to cut the trees and plane the pieces to make each type.

  3. I love how rustic they all are. Great collection for the theme.

  4. Thank you — it was fun making this collection.

  5. Wow. Great series of shots Donna.

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