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Smith Family Farm

by Chris Schroder

Though textbooks often portray 1800s Georgia as dominated by large plantations, most homes with enslaved workers were actually on yeomen farms – as is the case with the Tullie Smith House.

Robert Smith, a North Carolinian who built his home in the 1840s, his family and 11 slaves lived on 800 acres of land on what is now Executive Park near N. Druid Hills. The two-story house is “plantation plain,” fitted with weatherboard siding, a masonry chimney and simple gabled roof.

The home, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was moved to the Atlanta History Center in the 1970s.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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