Tallow Town Farm and Its Environs

Lee Kinnamon

The photographs on the following pages were taken between 1913 and 1924 by Charles Speer Ansley (b. 1887) on and around his father's plantation. Tallow Town was the name of an early pioneer settlement in Sumter County approximately five miles south of Americus on the Lee Street Road. The 1200 acre plantation incorporated what little remained of the earlier settlement and was located a short distance north of the original Speer family plantation, Liberty Hall.

In addition to the views of Tallow Town, the sizable collection of negatives and prints produced by my great uncle contains other scenes of life in Americus and Sumter County during the first part of the last century, from pictures of picnics, swimming holes, and parades to baptisms in Muckalee Creek.

Cotton bales near gin on Tallow Town Farm, c. 1914


Basket weaver on Tallow Town, c. 1914


Cane mill and syrup kettle on Tallow Town, c. 1920


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