Tag Archives: Georgia Peaches

Tenant Farmhouses, Peach County

Raymond Clark writes: These were the homes where people lived who picked peaches for the Mike Pearson family. I used to work for the Pearsons in the 1980s when I was a teen. African-Americans used to work in the peach field and peach package house before Mexicans took over.The houses were abandoned after Mike Pearson left the peach business and began working for Blue Bird. The Lane family took over peach business.

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W. C. Wright House, 1922, Fort Valley

Everett Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Caroline Rumph House, 1894, Fort Valley

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This home was built by Samuel Rumph for his mother. Rumph was the father of the commercial peach industry in Georgia. His home in nearby Marshallville is a well-known landmark. It’s more commonly known today as the Windham house.

Everett Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Henry Samuel Rumph House, 1904, Marshallville

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The builder of this house, Henry Samuel Rumph, developed the Elberta peach and  is considered the father of the commercial peach industry in Georgia. He named the Elberta for his wife, Clara Elberta Moore Rumph. He also developed techniques considered integral to the safe shipment of fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more about him here.

West Main Residential District, National Register of Historic Places

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Peach Packing Barn, Miami Valley

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At its peak, the fruit-packing industry was so dominant in Peach County that at least two settlements took on the name of companies that were vital to the area’s economy. One was Lee Pope. Another was Miami Valley, named for the area around Lebanon, Ohio, where the company that built this barn was headquartered. Although the name Miami Valley appears on maps to this day, it’s scarcely known outside Peach County.

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Brown’s Peach Farm, 1958, Ben Hill County

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This is my grandfather at the farm in 1958, with some of his prized peaches, and plenty of Coca-Cola to go around…

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