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Did you know that Skyline Farms actually started before the Federal Government assisted?

(Transcribed and unedited story from a WPA (Works Projects Administration) writer, William P. Burke

Desperate farmers actually started Skyline Farms

written by

William P. Burke

ca. 1938

Whipped by depression, a group of desperate farmers joined in a home building program, selected the virgin soil of the Cumberland Plateau near Scottsboro, to resettle themselves, readjust their lives. They moved into wilderness, cut oak and poplar timber to build their houses, cleared the land, planted crops, made their homes.

Skyline farms – commissary ca. 1938 (Library of Congress)

Resettlement Administration gave funds a year later

A year later the Resettlement Administration heard of their pioneering, decided to aid their natural industry with federal funds. Named Skyline Farms, the mountain village now has 225 neat farm homes, with their barns, smokehouses, chicken runs and gardens, a school building, an office, a commissary. Abundant native sandstone, once called “worthless rock,” has been used in the construction of the public buildings, hearths and chimneys.

Visitors to the project come away praising not only the heroic energy of the settlers but the sheer splendor of the view from vantage points near the farm section. Like a picture in composition is the vista of green valley homes and surrounding fields, a river twisting into the distance, and in the background hazy mountain ranges.

REF: Alabama Magazine

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  1. Didn’t know why it was called Skyline Farms. Will check it out when I go there in Nov.

  2. Mother and Larry’s great aunt taught. Nancy

  3. A few people lived here on the mountain at Skyline back then but Skyline Farms project did not start until 1934, 13000 acres was bought from the Pierce coal mines to start the Skyline Farms project! That is when they named it Skyline Farms, it was first named Cumberland mountain farms, but there was one of the projects in Tenn. already with that name. So they let the school children come up with name Skyline !

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