Log Cabin In Union County | History of SC Slide Collection

Farmers in the Upcountry of South Carolina continued to live well into the 20th century in log cabins, like this one in Union County, that their original eighteenth or nineteenth builders may have intended as 'temporary" homes. Many of these structure have disappeared without a trace. This one was recorded in December 1937, by WPA photographers who wanted to document the serious erosion of the fields surrounding it. "Soil erosion has not only taken its toll of this farm but of the people as well. With no soil with which to farm, Lewis Gregory explains to Dr. H.H. Bennet, chief of the Soil Conservation Service, he and his wife work in a nearby town to support their four children. They pay $1.00 a week rent, get free wood and water, but have no garden. He caught 35 rabbits during last year, to help out with the food."

Courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum

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