Tag Archives: Georgia Log Structures

Lyon Farm, 1820s, DeKalb County

Side view of Lyon House, showing attached kitchen and restored smokehouse

The house pictured above originated as a log cabin, built by Joseph Emmanuel Lyon in the 1820s. It was expanded in 1853 and again in 1893, when it took on its present appearance. It is one of the oldest houses in DeKalb County and Lyon family descendants remained on the property until 2007. Slaves from the early days of the farm remained in the area and later established the Flat Rock community nearby.

Front Elevation

The house is reminiscent of the Plantation Plain style, but with two bays on one side and one bay on the other, is a bit unusual in its layout.

Gate posts

The gateposts are local granite, as are the boundary stones and flower bed areas.

Raised flower bed

Grape arbors were common features of many farms; this one was likely added in the 20th century.

Grape arbor

The historic smokehouse, thought to be the oldest overall structure on the farm, was recently restored.

Lyon smokehouse

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Single-Pen Log House, Emanuel County

I find a few of these amazing vernacular landmarks in my travels, and sometimes they have been moved and are used as everything from barns to hunting lodges. They also usually contain an added room, for obvious reasons. This one appears to have been recently exposed by the cleaning of brush and likely has always been at this location.

Single-Pen Log House, Candler County

Batton Farm, Ben Hill County

This focal point of this farm is the old central hallway house, which was expanded a couple of times over the years.

A couple of outbuildings survive on the property.

Tobacco barn
Corn crib

Double-Pen Log Farmhouse, Laurens County

This house features a preacher’s room and a shed room across the back. This was a typical evolution of single- and double-pen houses as families grew and needed more space.

Gabled-Ell Farmhouse, Montgomery County

This is a nice exampled of the common gabled-ell vernacular style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Georgia. An historic log smokehouse also survives on the property.

Log Barn, Montgomery County

Double-Pen Log House, Tattnall County

The original part of this structure was recently revealed when asbestos siding was removed. I’ve driven past it numerous times over the years and always believed it to be “older” than it looked. Thanks to Raven Waters for making me aware of the work being done; I’m unsure if it will be saved.

It has obviously been modified over time, with the higher roof line and chimney being later additions, though the chimney is made of handmade brick, indicating that the changes were made many years ago. It’s possible that the windows and/or door were cut out of the earlier structure. Most surviving houses of this type in Georgia date to the late 19th-early 20th centuries.

O’Berry Tobacco Barn, Sandy Bottom

This is a truly amazing example of an early-20th-century log tobacco barn. It likely dates to the 1930s.

Jacob Eberhart House, 1854, Colbert


The Jacob Eberhart log cabin was saved and relocated to downtown Colbert, where it was reconstructed in its original form. It’s a good representation of a typical working class antebellum dwelling of this area of Georgia.