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Jefferson in Jackson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Tractor Shed

Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm

 
 
Tractor Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
1. Tractor Shed Marker
Inscription.  This shed was added to the central building complex in the 1950s when Lanis Ethridge replaced old ways of working the land with mechanized methods. Today it provides a gathering place for visitors to the farm. Tractors were used on the farm from an early date, but until the 1950s the main tasks associated with cotton production — planting, cultivating, and picking — continued to depend on the labor of tenants working with mules. The McCormick-Deering 'F 30 Farmall' tractor still in the shed was purchased around 1936. It was affectionately known as 'Big Bertha.'

Before the realignment of Johnson Mill Road and construction of this building, this area was at the edge of a large cotton field that ran from here northwards to the woods beside the Schoolhouse. Soil conservation terraces can still be seen in this field. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 34° 3.811′ N, 83° 35.293′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Georgia, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Etheridge Road just south
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of Johnson Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the northwest corner of the subject building, facing east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2355 Etheridge Road, Jefferson GA 30549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gin Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith's Shop and Carpenter's Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Gristmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cotton Gin (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Seed House (within shouting distance of this marker); Garage (within shouting distance of this marker); Mule Barn, Yard and Cribs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
 
Regarding Tractor Shed. Contributing property, Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, National Register of Historic Places #92000814.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm
 
Tractor Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
2. Tractor Shed Marker
McCormick-Deering F 30 Farmall Tractor<br>"Big Bertha" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
3. McCormick-Deering F 30 Farmall Tractor
"Big Bertha"
Tractor Shed (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
4. Tractor Shed (north elevation)
(marker visible at far right corner)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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