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Chesser Island Homestead in the Okefenokee Swamp
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Some very tough pioneers known as "swampers" managed to scrape out a living in various parts of the Okefenokee Swamp in the late 19th century, some of them persisting through the depression of the 1930's. The Chesser family homestead on their own island has amazingly survived fire and flood to this day.Wikipedia: Chesser Island on Wikipedia.

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Chesser Island homestead in the Okefenokee Swamp

Chesser Island homestead in the Okefenokee Swamp

The Chesser family homesteaded this 600 acre island in the late 1800's and members of the family lived here until 1958. The sandy soil is kept clear of vegetation to reduce fire danger and make it easier to spot snakes.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Pine farm building dates from 1927

Pine farm building dates from 1927

The main farmhouse was built in 1927 by Tom Chesser out of yellow pine. Board and batten siding like this is a good way to deal with lumber that may shrink or warp.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Outbuildings at the VChesser Island homestead

Outbuildings at the VChesser Island homestead

Outbuildings at the Chesser homestead include a chicken coop, hog pen, corn crib, smokehouse, and a sugar cane press.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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