Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, 1935, Marion County

This is one of the most extraordinary tenant houses I’ve ever seen.

At first glance, it appears to be a typical example of the form.

But further inspection reveals an inscription on the local stone chimney, dating it to 29 March 1935. While I have seen a few dated chimneys in my travels, this is the first one I’ve encountered on such a utilitarian structure. It’s an amazing testament to the pride of the builder, who may have also been the tenant.

As this remnant wall suggests, this already tiny house was subdivided, suggesting it may have been home to two tenants.

It also includes a shed room at the rear of the house, which is relatively typical with this form.



2 thoughts on “Single-Pen Tenant Farmhouse, 1935, Marion County

  1. ben dooley

    This really is an interesting share cropper house Brian. The stone chimney must have been a replacement for an older chimney because the house itself must be earlier than 1935. It is possible perhaps repairs were made in 1935. I am not even sure where Marion county is, but am surprised that stone masonry work is apparently common in the area (also used on the Victorian farmhouse posted earlier). I don’t usually expect to find a lot of field stone laying around in most places below the gnat line!


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