Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tenant Homes, c. 1920, Lexington, Oglethorpe County, GA

Photographer facing SE
This trio of houses, all listed as being built in 1920, and all of them sitting on a one-acre parcel leads me to believe that they were built for the purpose of being tenant homes. Perhaps one of them, considering its size (1200 sq ft) and quality of craftsmanship, was the owner's personal home. It is the home in the center between the two homes in the photo below.

Photographer facing NE
Located about 17 miles SE of Athens, Lexington, GA reached its population peak in 1900 with 635 residents. By 1920, that number fell to 469. Today, Lexington has an estimated population of 228, a far cry from its heyday in the early 20th century.

Lexington was founded in 1800, is the county seat of Oglethorpe County, founded in 1793. The land that makes up the county was surrendered by the Creek and Cherokee Indian Nations in the treaty of 1773, and named for Georgia founder James Oglethorpe.

Photographer facing SE
On the opposite side of  Main Street from the location of this property, particularly on Church Street, are some grand homes that were all built in the early 1900s. Located less than 1000' from these modest homes, yet a world away.

Photographer facing north.

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