One thing I liked about living in North Georgia was the opportunity to decide to take a drive in the mountains with no real plans of where to go or when to be back. At least on the weekends, those spur of the moment trips were fun. I never knew for sure if I'd find anything to photograph, but I knew it would be scenic one way or another!
This little cabin in the mountains was one of those magic moments. I'd had a quiet drive and was more or less headed in the direction of home when I rounded a curve and saw the last rays of the sun shining across the road. It was as if the sun was putting a spotlight on this forlorn little house.
I imagined in that moment a history of this home, filled with happy but forgotten times and families that had come and gone. I imagined somewhere out there there were people whose grandparents and great grandparents had once called those mountains home.
The ironic thing was that I loved the photo that resulted, but all I had was my imaginings. I wasn't even sure where in North Georgia this little cabin was for years after. Then one day, I received a message from a lady whose grandparents had lived here! It turned out I had photographed one of the oldest houses in Union County, Georgia, the Hunter England Cabin. They have apparently since moved it to a living history museum and have or are restoring it. What a happy ending for a historic old home!
I'm happy that my imagined history of the house and the families that had fond memories of it were true! And I'm happy that I got this picture of the old homestead in its original location. In a way, I documented a fading piece of North Georgia life.
May 30th, 2013
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