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

Teacher's House

Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm

 
 
Teacher's House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
1. Teacher's House Marker
Inscription.  This house was built around 1912 as a tenant sharecropper's place and would probably have had three or four outbuildings including a chicken house, a small barn, a well house, and a privy. The original building was a two-room cabin. The chimney at the front of the house was built of stones, bricks, and concrete blocks, which suggests the thrift usually observed in the construction of a sharecropper's dwelling. But, in 1938, when an African American teacher came to teach at the Schoolhouse, this became the Teacher's House and it was enlarged with the addition of a third room. The older part has clapboard siding, while the addition has shiplap siding like Mr. Ira's gin office. It was whitewashed like many of the other farm buildings.

When it was a sharecropper's house, the front room was both a living room and a bedroom, while the back room was the kitchen, though it too had a bed in it. The addition became the teacher's bedroom. Nails for hanging a quilt can still be found in the ceiling of the front room. Nails in the walls covered by empty thread-spools were used for hanging clothes.

Beside the house there was originally a
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swept yard with a vegetable patch. Of the sharecropper's outbuildings only the well house remains and this has been rebuilt.

The log corncrib beside the Teacher's House was moved into the farmstead from another location to save it from destruction. It is not historically associated with the surrounding buildings. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureArchitectureEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
 
Location. 34° 3.782′ N, 83° 35.343′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Georgia, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Etheridge Road just south of Johnson Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the front/north side of the Teacher's House, just to the left of the entrance. 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. Seed House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cotton Gin (within shouting distance of this marker); Milking Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Gin Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Gristmill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tractor Shed
Teacher's House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
2. Teacher's House Marker
(marker is mounted between the window and door)
(about 300 feet away); Mule Barn, Yard and Cribs (about 300 feet away); Blacksmith's Shop and Carpenter's Shop (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
 
Regarding Teacher's House. 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
 
Teacher's House (<i>north/front elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
3. Teacher's House (north/front elevation)
A mix of stones, bricks, and concrete blocks was used in chimney construction.
Teacher's House (<i>east elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 8, 2021
4. Teacher's House (east elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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