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.