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Do you have memories to share from Skyline Farms in Jackson County, Alabama? [old photographs] Skyline Farms – Part 7

The Skyline Farms project, established by the federal government in Jackson County in 1934, was one of the more unique socioeconomic experiments in Alabama history. It provided a way for destitute families to pull themselves out of poverty after the Great Depression.

Skyline Farms fell on hard times in the 1940s when cotton crops failed. Political factions in Congress also caused its demise. However, the town of Skyline still thrives in Jackson County, Alabama and many are at work to preserve its unique heritage.

The town of Skyline will be having a Skyline Day Celebration on June 6, 2014. This years event will be held on June 6, 2015 at the Cumberland Mtn. Park. There will be free entertainment along with free catfish dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and lawn chairs. To learn more about the event, visit Skyline’s Facebook page.

These old photographs were taken at a square dance at Skyline Farms in 1937  by Ben Shahn and Arthur Rothstein.  Share your memories of Skyline Farms.

Spectators watch square dancers performing

Musicians sing for the square dancers.  I wonder who they were?

Young musicians sing are singing at the square dance. Notice the attire.

This man seem to be enjoying the square dance

Young musician join in with his guitar at square dance.skyline farms - young musician

Spectators enjoying square dance. They had some nice stands to watch the square dance.

Square dancers had a lot of energy.

Posing for the camera

 Notice the young boy with the cigarette. It was a different world back then.

Future musician?

Watching the square dancers.


How could he sleep through all the noise?

This is the Store at Skyline Farms in 1937.Skyline Farms store

Interior of the Store at Skyline Farms in 1937.

Farmers at Skyline Farms in Feb. 1937

Farmer returning home after shopping at Skyline Farms store. This picture makes me appreciate my car.

Do you have memories to share of Skyline Farms? Share them below.

Visit the Skyline Farms preservation website to learn more about this unique Colony. Today the community store — constructed of rusty yellow sandstone — is the focal point of Skyline Farms Heritage Association restoration efforts.



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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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