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Time to celebrate! [1937 photographs from Jackson county] This is what they did for fun at Skyline Farms – Part 6 –

Skyline Farms was a ‘New Deal’ Resettlement project in Jackson County, Alabama that was initiated in 1935 to help displaced farmers. Before the projects were stopped because they seemed too much like socialism to politicians, many people were helped.

In 1937, photographer,  Ben Shahn, went to Skyline Farms in Jackson County, Alabama. and took photographs of the improvements to the community. He evidently arrived in time for some fun and took photos of a square dance as well as many other buildings.

 Unknown farmer and his wife at Skyline Farms

The community often planned fun activities as seen by this sign.

Improvements had been made in the school. Students sat in chairs instead of on benches.  All these girls were wearing shoes. The school room looks more finished.

This unnamed man is showing his work. He is now self-employed as a cabinet maker.

Here are stones from the stone quarry.

This is the interior of the Blacksmith Shop on Skyline Farms – very orderly.

A square dance took place and this is a photograph of the dancing area.

Mrs. Mary McLean was a musician at Skyline Farms.

Mrs. Mary McLean played a tune and her chicken and kitten came by to listen.Skyline Farms - Mrs. Mary Mclean and chicken and cat

Men watching square dancing. I wonder what they’re thinking?

This is what the men are watching.


And the ladies watched too.

skyline farms - outlaw sign

More photographs of Skyline Farms

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Faith and Courage: 2nd edition -A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Book 2): Book 2 in Tapestry of Love Series


About Donna R Causey

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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